McGill University, BA
University of Alberta, MA
University of Leeds, PhD

I am a specialist in Renaissance drama and poetry with a particular interest in religious writing. I have a secondary interest in early twentieth-century Canadian theatre. My book, The Maudlin Impression: English Literary Images of Mary Magdalene, 1550-1700, was published by the University of Notre Dame Press in 2009. My most recent set of articles, including a recent piece in Shakespeare Quarterly, studies the archival remains of early twentieth-century productions of medieval and renaissance drama. I continue to work on the literary afterlives of biblical saints and the creative output of seventeenth-century religious communities. I have a new interest in conversion and eco-catastrophe in early modern England and I am working on a series of articles that explores what it means to study the early modern past “from here.” I am also finishing a book on director, Roy Mitchell and the matter of the theatrical archive. I enjoy collaboration and am a co-investigator on the Early Modern Conversions project and a member of the Oecologies research team.

Patricia Badir offers courses in Renaissance literature at the graduate and undergraduate level.  Special topics include conversion in early modern England and the afterlife of Shakespeare.

Books and Edited Collections:

  • Patricia Badir. The Maudlin Impression: English Literary Images of Mary Magdalene 1550-1700. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2009.
  • Paul Yachnin and Patricia Badir eds. Shakespeare and the Cultures of Performance. London: Ashgate, 2008.

Recent Journal Articles and Chapters:

  • “The Design of Theatrical Wonder in Roy Mitchell’s The Chester Mysteries,” in Theatre/Performance/Historiography: Time, Space, and Matter. Michal Kobialka and Rose Bank Eds. London: Palgrave (2015), 95-121.
  • “’The whole past, the whole time’: Untimely Matter and the Playing Spaces of York.” In Performing Environments: Site Specificity in Medieval & Early Modern English Drama. Susan Bennett and Mary Polito, Eds. London: Palgrave (2014), 17-35.
  • “’This little academe, still and contemplative in living art’: Shakespeare, Modernism and the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto.” Shakespeare Quarterly, 63.1 (Spring 2012), 80-111.

Current research projects include:

  • a study of St. Thomas and the York Scriveners’ Play
  • a study of the books of the seventeenth-century religious community of Little Gidding
  • a study on conversion and eco-catastrophe in John Lyly’s Gallathea
  • a study of Vancouver Shakespeare in the early twentieth-century (with Vin Nardizzi)
  • an edited collection on Ovid and transversion in Early Modern Europe (with Valerie Traub and Peggy McCracken)
  • a book project on Hart House Theatre director, Roy Mitchel and the matter of the theatrical archive

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Areas of Specialization

  • Book History & Textual Studies
  • Canadian Literature
  • Cultural Studies
  • Early Modern and Renaissance
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Medieval Literature
  • Poetry and Poetics
  • Theatre and Drama