Shakespeare in Canada: A Cultural Map

Shakespeare in Canada: Exploring Our Cultural History through Digital Humanities

A project to create an online interactive cultural map of the presence of the Bard and the way in which his works have shaped Canadian culture.

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About the Project

The Shakespeare in Canada project focusses on the intersection of pedagogy, research, and digital humanities and involves students registered in Shakespeare courses at the University of Ottawa. It begins the process of the systematic recording and subsequent analysis of the reception of Shakespeare in Canada, creating an interactive cultural map of the presence of this classic and the way in which his works have shaped -- and continue to shape -- Canadian culture. The project will harvest data, synthesize knowledge, forge new relationships, and make available findings in an open access format.  At the heart of the project is the analysis of the place (both literally and metaphorically) of the classic in our contemporary, digital age.

Project team

Dr. Irene Makaryk, Department of English
Amanda Montague (2017-2018), PhD candidate, Department of English
Anne Sophie Voyer (Fall 2017), PhD candidate, School of Translation and Interpretation
Tyler Wilson (2019), undergraduate Research Assistant, Shakespeare in Ottawa

Ann Hemingway, English Literature Liaison Librarian
Sarah Simpkin, Interim Digital Scholarship Librarian
Roxanne Lafleur, Digital Humanities Support Specialist
Tony Horava (Fall 2015, Winter 2016), Associate University Librarian
Nancy Lemay (Fall 2015, Winter 2016), Digital Humanities Librarian

Student Teams

Winter 2019

Student projects from the ENG 7325 Cultural Studies II course "Shakespeare and Canada"

Kirsten Bussiere
Kristyna Frenken-Francis

Emily Thompson
Kaitlyn Arsenault

Evonne Downer
Skylar Premo
Ana Galvan

Student projects from the ENG 4142 "Shakespeare's Afterlife in Archives" course

Benjamin Thomas

Madalynn Seger
Jordan Grave
Anna Lewis

Rachel McPherson

Fall 2017

Student projects from the ENG 7321 Canadian Literature II course "Shakespeare and Canada"

Adam Mugford
Nicholas Slagter

Ariel Bissett
Jessica Banner

Student projects from the ENG 4142 seminar course "How Shakespeare Became 'Shakespeare'"

Alessia Di Cesare
Nathan Doswell
Janelle Grenon

Evonne Downer
Fatima Mourad

Alexandria Jacobs
Christine Mathieu
James Galbraith

Alexandria Aicken
Samantha Anderson
Tyler Wilson

Winter 2017

Students projects from the course ENG 3133 "Elizabethan Shakespeare"

Cavin Bonifacio
Claire McCracken
Megan McKague

Kailey Cutillo
Komaldeep Kaur
Claudia Laugalys
Paige O'Connor

Katelyn Boros
Alexandria Jacobs
Stephanie Kramer

Fall 2016

Student projects from the ENG 4142 seminar course "How Shakespeare Became 'Shakespeare'"

Maggie Kendall
Andrea Zehr
Krystyna Dodds

Angele Brazeau
Laurence Bolduc
Devin Brown

Laura Gaylard
Athina Pantazopoulos
Candace Mantha

Christina McIvor
Matthew Walwyn
Kierra Beament

Nagin Zabihi
Celine Baker
Ruth Truong

"Pilot Projects” (Fall 2015, Winter 2016)

Exhibits are located on the uOttawa website. Click on Shakespeare 400: Shakespeare + Canada

Student projects from the ENG 3134 Jacobean Shakespeare seminar course

Ayden Allen
Alicia Duffley
Sarah Kamah

Jennie Long
Sarah Ruszala
Ruth Truong

Emily Reid
Isabelle Seguin
Hanan Al Warraq

Kelsey Butler
Sarah Pennington
Samantha Petersen

Student projects from the ENG 3134 Jacobean Shakespeare seminar course

Sydney Anne Kerr-Wilson
Vanessa Ness
Matthew Walwyn

Maddie Cull-Hewitt
Jean-Sebastien Grenier

Trajena Healey
Emily Potter
Meghan Siciliano


This project was made possible with a grant from the uOttawa Fund for the Development of New Academic Initiatives. For their invaluable collaboration, the generous access to their collections and the research assistance they provided to our students we wish to thank Rebecca Murray and Karine Gélinas at Library and Archives Canada; Catriona Léger, Nicholas Leno, and Keith Jackson from A Company of Fools; Robert VanderBerg, the National Arts Centre; Rachel Eugster and Bear and Co.; Jane Morris and the Ottawa Little Theatre; Sydney Steele, University of Ottawa Archives; Marina Bokovay, University of Ottawa Library Archives and Special Collections. Also, many thanks to Karenza Sutton-Bennett, PhD candidate (2015).