Dr. Jennifer Drouin is a lawyer at the Ministère de la Justice du Québec. She also teaches a law course for McGill’s Graduate Diploma in Legal Translation. Other recent academic appointments include teaching early modern literature in Concordia’s Department of English as well as co-teaching with Paul Yachnin the Shakespeare Moot Court course in McGill’s Faculty of Law (where she earned BCL and LLB degrees in civil law and common law).
Previously, Dr. Drouin was a tenured Associate Professor of English in the Hudson Strode Program at the University of Alabama where she taught Shakespeare and Renaissance drama until resigning in August 2017. Her monograph, Shakespeare in Québec: Nation, Gender, and Adaptation, was published in March 2014 by University of Toronto Press. In 2017-18, she was a Visiting Scholar affiliated with the McGill Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF). In 2015-16, she was a Visiting Professor in Études anglaises in the Département de littératures et langues du monde at Université de Montréal. In 2013, she was a Visiting Professor with the Groupe de recherche identités et cultures (GRIC) at Université du Havre in France. Before Alabama, she held a tenure-track position in English and Women’s Studies at Allegheny College. She completed her PhD in 2005 at McGill University where she then held a postdoctoral fellowship in Digital Humanities with the SSHRC-MCRI Making Publics project.
Dr. Drouin is currently working on a bilingual, open-access database and critical anthology entitled Shakespeare au/in Québec.
Shakespeare in Québec: Nation, Gender, and Adaptation. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014. 296 pp.
- Reviewed in Le Devoir (2 July 2014), SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 55.2 (Spring 2015), Theatre Research in Canada 36.1 (Spring 2015), ESC: English Studies in Canada 41.2-3 (June/Sept 2015), British Journal of Canadian Studies 29.1 (2016), University of Toronto Quarterly 85.3 (Summer 2016), and Shakespeare Quarterly 67.3 (Fall 2016).
- Finalist for the Gabrielle Roy Prize awarded by the Association for Canadian and Québec Literatures (ACQL) (May 2015).
- Finalist for the South Atlantic Modern Languages Association (SAMLA) Studies Book Award (May 2015).
- Featured prominently in The Globe and Mail, “The Shakespearean drama of Quebec sovereignty” (20 May 2016).
- Interviewed on “The Taylor Report” on CIUT 89.5 FM in Toronto (25 July 2016).
Shakespeare / Sex: Contemporary Readings in Gender and Sexuality. Ed. Jennifer Drouin. London: Bloomsbury, 2020. 344 pp.
Articles and Essays
- “Shakespeare and Canada: Wayne & Shuster‘s Shakespearean Slapstick.” A Companion to Global Shakespeares. Ed. Alexa Joubin. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming.
- “Queer Eye for the Not So Straight Guy: Ocular Excesses and Erotic Gazes in The Two Noble Kinsmen.” Shakespeare / Sex: Contemporary Readings in Gender and Sexuality. Ed. Jennifer Drouin. London: Bloomsbury, 2020. 212-240.
- with Johanne Poirier, Daniel Turp, et al. « Le projet de Constitution du Canada de 2017 et le potentiel des conversations constitutionnelles » / “The Draft Constitution of Canada, 2017 and the Potential of Constitutional Conversations.” Revue de droit parlementaire et politique / Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law 12.2 (2018): 301-359.
- with Fiona Ritchie. “Five Kings: Adapting Welles Adapting Shakespeare in Québec.” Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation 11.1 (Fall 2017): 13 pp.
- “Othello in Québec: André Forcier’s Une histoire inventée.” Shakespeare on Screen: Othello. Eds. Sarah Hatchuel and Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 140-156.
- “‘Get a Look at Your Wife’s Beautiful Cones’: Lady Macbeth’s Stone Butch Blues and Rural Second-Wave Feminism in Scotland, PA.” Shakespeare on Screen: Macbeth. Eds. Sarah Hatchuel, Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin, and Victoria Bladen. Rouen: Publications des universités de Rouen et du Havre, 2013. 331-364.
- “Diana’s Band: Safe Spaces, Publics, and Early Modern Lesbianism.” Queer Renaissance Historiography: Backward Gaze. Eds. Vin Nardizzi, Stephen Guy-Bray, and Will Stockton. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009. 85-110.
- “Nationalizing the Bard: Québécois Adaptations of Shakespeare since the Quiet Revolution.” Native Shakespeares: Indigenous Appropriations on a Global Stage. Eds. Craig Dionne and Parmita Kapadia. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008. 105-122.
- “Cross-Dressing, Drag, and Passing: Slippages in Shakespearean Comedy.” Shakespeare Re-Dressed: Cross-Gender Casting in Contemporary Performance. Ed. James C. Bulman. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2008. 23-56.
- “Nationalizing Shakespeare in Québec: Theorizing Post-/Neo-/Colonial Adaptation.” Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation 3.1 (Spring 2007): 23 pp.
- “Macbeth (1978).” Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare Project. Ed. Daniel Fischlin. 2007. 6 pp.
- “Daughters of the Carnivalized Nation in Jean-Pierre Ronfard’s Shakespearean Adaptations Lear and Vie et mort du Roi Boiteux.” Theatre Research in Canada / Recherches théâtrales au Canada 27.1 (Spring 2006): 10-39. Winner of the Canadian Association for Theatre Research’s Richard Plant Award for best essay published in 2007.
- “Hamlet-le-Malécite (2004).” Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare Project. Ed. Daniel Fischlin. 2005. 10 pp.
- Shakespeare au/in Québec (SQ). Bilingual database and critical anthology of previously unpublished plays in TEI-compliant XML. (in progress)
- Webmaster of Making Publics: Media, Markets, and Association in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1700. Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Major Collaborative Research Initiatives (SSHRC-MCRI) program. (2005-2008, since redesigned, partial archive on Internet Archive.
- Other webmaster work and/or site design includes:
- Shakespeare Moot Court Project
- Student Adaptations of Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama (with Joyce Boro and Elizabeth Pentland)
- Shakespeare @ UA Edifice Project
- UA Capstone Alliance
- Alabama English department (since redesigned)
- Allegheny English department (since redesigned)
- Shakespeare and Performance Research Team (SPRiTE) (since redesigned)
- Senate Equity Subcommittee on Queer People (since redesigned, most content moved here)
- Internet Shakespeare Editions Shakespeare in Performance database. Advisory board member and regional performance editor for Québec.
- Shakespeare on Screen in Francophonia. Contributor and editorial board member.
- Bourassa, André G. “Personnage: History, Philology, Performance.” Trans. Jennifer Drouin. Shakespeare and Character: Theory, History, Performance and Theatrical Persons. Eds. Paul Yachnin and Jessica Slights. New York: Palgrave, 2009. 83-97.
- “The Shakespeare’s Mine: Adapting Shakespeare in Anglophone Canada, ed. Ric Knowles and A Certain William: Adapting Shakespeare in Francophone Canada, ed. Leanore Lieblein.” alt.theatre 8.2 (January 2011): 36-38.
- Seminar papers at the British Shakespeare Association (2005, 2007), International Shakespeare Conference (2008, 2010, 2014), Shakespeare Association of America (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018), and World Shakespeare Congress (2006, 2011, 2016) conferences.
- “Extrajudicial Policing: Québec’s Printemps Érable, Kettling, and State-Sanctioned Brutality.” BABEL Working Group panel on “Extrajudicial.” Toronto. (October 2015)
- “Marcher et mâcher de la gomme en même temps… or Doing Digital Literary Studies while Being a DH Teacher-Scholar.” Canadian Society for Digital Humanities (CSDH) and Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE) at Congress. University of Ottawa. (June 2015)
- “Shakespeare au/in Québec: Building a bilingual, open-access anthology and database in collaboration with the Internet Shakespeare Editions.” “Making Links” conference. University of Victoria. (April 2015)
- “Shakespeare and/in Canada.” Seminar organized for the Shakespeare Association of America.(April 2015)
- “Doctor Who‘s ‘The Shakespeare Code’: Science Fiction as a new New Historicism.” Société Française Shakespeare “Shakespeare 450” panel on “The Undiscovered Country—The Future: Shakespeare in Science Fiction.” Paris. (April 2014)
- “‘Just Watch Me’: Pierre Trudeau’s Television Interview, Michel Brault’s Les Ordres, and Onstage Film in Madd Harold and Anthony Kokx’s Staging of the War Measures Act.” Groupe de recherche identités et cultures (GRIC) “Les guerres modernes à l’écran” Journée d’étude. Université du Havre, France. (March 2013)
- “Nationalism, Feminism, and the Politics of Recognition in Normand Chaurette’s The Queens.” Shakespeare Association of America panel on “Feminism and Shakespearean Adaptation”. Chicago. (April 2010)
- “Shakespeare and Shagging: Monogamous Queer Conference Sex.” Modern Language Association of America (MLA) panel on “Conference Sex”. San Francisco. (December 2008) Reviewed by Inside Higher Ed, The Huffington Post, and The National Post.
Membership in Scholarly Associations
- Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE)
- Canadian Association for Theatre Research (CATR)
- International Shakespeare Association (ISA)
- International Shakespeare Conference (ISC; by invitation only)
- Shakespeare Association of America (SAA)
- Société québécoise d’études théâtrales (SQET)
- CCTR 602: Introduction to Law for Non-Jurists
- ENGL 311: 17th Century Prose and Poetry
- ENGL 205: English Literature I: Beowulf to Swift (online)
- ENGL 215: Honors English Literature I: Beowulf to Swift
- ENGL 333: Shakespeare
- ENGL 311/411: Queer Literature from Sappho to Today
- ENGL 433: King Lear: Sources and Adaptations
- ENGL 433: Gender and Sexuality in Renaissance Drama
- ENGL 500: Digital Humanities (MA & PhD)
- ENGL 665: King Lear: Sources and Adaptations (MA & PhD)
- ENGL 666: Gender and Sexuality in Renaissance Drama (MA & PhD)
- ENGL 666: Shakespeare’s “Comedies” (MA & PhD)
- ENGL 333: Uncomfortable Shakespeare: Race and Religion on the Contemporary Stage
- ENGL 212: Shakespeare
- ENGL 425: Gender and Sexuality in Renaissance Drama
- WS 100: Introduction to Women’s Studies
- WS 200: Feminist Theory and Methods
- ENGL 202: Departmental Survey of English Literature I: Beowulf to Swift (as TA)
- ENGL 215: Introduction to Shakespeare
- ENGL 305: Renaissance English Literature I: Representations of Same-Sex Desire (as TA)
- ENGL 315: Shakespearean Animalities (as TA)
- ENGL 1306: Composition for Second-Language Students
- ANGL 2703: Postcolonial Literature I: Africa and India
- ANLS 1453: Writing Practice
- ANLS 1443: English Composition
- ANLS 1433: ESL Level IV