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. I have an on-going interest in the literary afterlives of New Testament saints and I continue to work on the books of Little Gidding; however, I am currently working on two Canadian projects: the first explores what it means to study the early modern past, specifically Shakespeare, from “here” and the second is a book about theatre director Roy Mitchell and the matter of the theatrical archive.

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:

  • Valerie Traub, Peggy McCrakken and Patricia Badir eds. Ovidian Transversions: Iphis and Ianthre, 1350-1650. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press (2019)
  • 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:

  • “Fixing the Affections: Nicholas Ferrar and the Books of Little Gidding”. English Literary Renaissance3 (2019): 90-422.
  • ““What may this meyne?”: Scripture, Script and the York Scriveners’ “Incredulity of Thomas.” Modern Philology2 (2018): 121-44.
  • “Coastal Squeeze” in Ovidian Transversions: Iphis and Ianthre, 1350-1650, Valerie Traub, Peggy McCracken and Patricia Badir Eds. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press (2019), 191-212.
  • “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 the books of the seventeenth-century religious community of Little Gidding
  • a study of Vancouver Shakespeare in the early twentieth-century (with Vin Nardizzi)
  • 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