Dr. Mark Johnston

Associate Professor 

B.A. Hons (Western), M.A. (Queen’s), Ph. D. (Western)

Contact                      Dr. Mark Johnston

CHN Rm 2120
519 253 3000 ext. 2349

Teaching/Research Areas:

  • early modern English drama, particularly the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries
  • children's drama
  • the history of medicine
  • gender studies


MARK ALBERT JOHNSTON, B.A. Hons. (Western), M.A. (Queen’s), Ph.D. (Western) specializes in early modern drama, including the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, children’s drama, the history of medicine, and gender studies/queer theories. His critical articles appear in English Literary History (ELH), Studies in English Literature (SEL), English Literary Renaissance (ELR), and Modern Philology, as well as in the essay collections Masculinity and the Metropolis of Vice: London 1550-1650 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010); Thunder at a Playhouse: Essaying Shakespeare and the Early Modern Stage (Susquehanna UP, 2010); and A Cultural History of Hair, vol. 3: A Cultural History of Hair in the Renaissance (Bloomsbury, forthcoming). His first monograph, Beard Fetish in Early Modern England: Sex, Gender, and Registers of Value (Ashgate; Routledge) focuses on the significance of facial hair to early modern cultural constructions of sex, gender, and identity. His current projects include co-editing a collection of essays, Queering Childhood in Early Modern English Drama and Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming), and conducting ongoing research on the various activities associated with early modern English barber-surgeons.

"Queer Apprenticeship in Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus," in Queering Childhood in Early Modern English Drama and Culture (Palgrave, 2018), co-edited with Jennifer Higginbotham (http://www.palgrave.com/9783319727684)

“Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and the Fertile Infertility of Eroticized Early Modern Boys,” Modern Philology 114.3 (2017): 573-600. (http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/688067?journalCode=mp)

Beard Fetish in Early Modern England: Sex, Gender, and Registers of Value (Farnham, Surrey and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2011). (http://www.routledge.com/9781409405429)

"'To what bawdy house doth your Maister belong?': Barbers, Bawds, and Vice in the Early Modern London Barbershop," in Masculinity and the Metropolis of Vice,1550-1650, ed. Amanda Bailey and Roze Hentschell (Palgrave, 2010), 115-135. (https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9780230623668