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.
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
- Oecologies: Inhabiting Pre-Modern Worlds
- Early Modern Conversions: Religions, Cultures, Cognitive Ecologies
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
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.
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.