University of Calgary

Penelope Farfan

  • Professor (ended on Jan 2, 2008)

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.

Professional Description

Penny Farfan is Professor and University Professor of Drama and English, specializing in Dramatic Literature, Theatre History, Theory and Criticism, Modernism, and Gender and Sexuality in Performance.  Her work has appeared in such journals as Text and Performance Quarterly, Modern Drama, Theatre Journal, Woolf Studies Annual, and The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism among others, and she has served as the book review editor of Modern Drama and co-editor of special issues of Canadian Theatre Review and South Central Review.  Her book Women, Modernism, and Performance was published by Cambridge University Press in 2004, and she is currently doing interdisciplinary research on performing queer modernism.  She has won the Association for Theatre in Higher Education's Research Award for Outstanding Journal Article and has held fellowships and grants from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., the Calgary Institute for the Humanities, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (1998-2002 and 2004-2007).



Edited Book

Journal Article


  • PhD - Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama
    Northwestern University, 1994
  • MA - English
    McGill University, 1989
  • BFA (with Distinction) - Theatre (Specialization in Theatre Performance)
    Concordia University, 1982
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