Kym Bird

Department of Humanities

Associate Professor

Office: Winters College, 105
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 77462
Emailkbird@yorku.ca

Bird, who teaches courses in English, Theatre and Women's Studies, is the recipient of the Parents' Association University-Wide Teaching Award, the Graduate Studies Dissertation Prize, Division of Humanities, “Excellence in Teaching” Award, all awarded in 1997. That same year, her dissertation was nominated for the Canada-wide dissertation prize and the Governor General’s Gold medal.

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Bird, who teaches courses in English, Theatre and Women's Studies, is the recipient of the Parents' Association University-Wide Teaching Award, the Graduate Studies Dissertation Prize, Division of Humanities, “Excellence in Teaching” Award, all awarded in 1997. That same year, her dissertation was nominated for the Canada-wide dissertation prize and the Governor General’s Gold medal. The Association of Canadian Theatre Research presented the 2004 Ann Saddlemyer Award to Professor Bird for her book, Redressing the Past: The Politics of Early, English-Canadian Women's Drama, 1880-1920, published in 2004 by McGill-Queen's University Press.

Area of Specialization

English

Degrees

PhD, York University
MA English, York University
BA, York University


Research Interests

History, Canadian, English, feminism, theatre particularly women's theatre

Current Research Projects


Project Type: Funded
Funders: 
Minor Research Grant (York University)


Project Type: Funded
Funders: 
Minor Research Grant (York University)


Project Type: Funded
Funders: 
Specific Research Grant(Non Leave) (York University)


Project Type: Funded
Funders: 
Minor Research Grant


Project Type: Funded
Funders: 
Specific Research Grant (Non Leave) (York University)


Project Type: Funded
Funders: 
Specific Research Grant(Non Leave)

All Publications

Books

Bird, K. Redressing the Past: The Politics of Early English-Canadian Women's Theatre: 1876-1927. Montreal: McGill-Queen's U.P., 2004.

Book Chapters

Bird, K. “Shakespeare’s Good Girls: Pageantry, Morality, and the Catholic plays of Sister Mary Agnes.” Shakespeare in Canada, University of Rome, (Forthcoming, 2008).

Bird, K. "Popular Feminist Theatre In Canada: The Company Of Sirens.” Feminist Theatre and Performance. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2006: 28-31.

Bird, K. “Suiting the Occasion: Cross-dressing for Power in the Nineteenth-Century.” Travestimenti e metamorfosi: Percorsi dell' identità di genere attraverso epoche e culture. Ed. Laura Guidi and Annamaria Lamarra. Naples: Filema, 2003.

Journal Articles

Bird, K. “In the Habit of Independence: Cross-border politics and Feminism in Two World War I plays by Sister Mary Agnes. Theatre Research in Canada. “In press”. Vol 27.2 (Spring 2008): 193-226

Bird, K. “In the Beauty of Holiness, From the Womb of the Morning: Allegory, Morality, and Politics in Mary Kinley Ingraham’s Acadia.” Theatre Research in Canada. Vol. 26 1-2 (Fall 2005): 26-55.

Bird, K. “Gazing into the Abyss: Feminism in English-Canadian Women’s Theatre History.” Rivista di Studi Canadesi. Ed. Katarina Richardi. 9 (1996): 23-29.

Bird, K. “Leaping into the Breeches: Liberal Feminist Drag in Sarah Ann Curzon's ‘The Sweet Girl Graduate.’” Journal of Australasian Studies. Ed. Joanne Tompkins. (Oct 1996) : 168-79.

Bird, K. “A Woman's Parliament: Nineteenth-Century Suffrage Theatre in Canada.” Rivista di Studi Canadesi 5 (1992): 33-41.

Bird, K. “Performing Politics: Propaganda, Parody and a Woman's Parliament.” Theatre Research in Canada 13 (Spring/Fall 1992): 168-193.

Conference Proceedings

Bird, K. “I want riches and position and standing among the other nations of the world:@ Edith Lelean Groves The Wooing of Miss Canada and the Creation of Imperial Subjects in Children’s Drama of First World War Toronto.” Proceedings: Hawaii International Conference on Education, December 2007.

Conference Papers

Bird, K. Money, Matricide, and a “Boston Marriage”: a contextual interpretation of Amy Redpath Roddick’s Italian closet drama An Old Bologna Tale. Congress of the Humanities 2008, Association for Canadian Theatre Research, University of British Columbia.

Bird, K. ‘Miss Canada to wed Jack Canuck at the tender age of fifty:’ Nation-Building and a New Educational Curriculum in the First World War Dramas of Edith Lelean Groves. Learned Societies, Association for Canadian Theatre Research, 2007, ACQL Conference / Congrès de l’ARTC 2007, University of Saskatchewan, May 2007.

Bird, K. “I want riches and position and standing among the other nations of the world:@ Edith Lelean Groves The Wooing of Miss Canada and the Creation of Imperial Subjects in Children’s Drama of First World War Toronto.” Hawaii International Conference on Education, December 2007

Bird, K. “Yes, Virginia, Canadian Women Did Write Plays: Themes and Theory in Early Canadian Women’s Theatre, 1880-1920.” Learned Societies, Association for Canadian Theatre Research, 2006, ACQL Conference / Congrès de l’ARTC 2006, York University, Toronto, May 2006.

Bird, K. “Bad Habits: Sister Mary Agnes, Jingoism, and the Question of Literary Citizenship in A Patriot’s Daughter and Other Plays.” Learned Societies, Association for Canadian Theatre Research, 2005 ACTR Conference / Congrès de l’ARTC 2005. University of Western, London, Ontario, May 2005.

Bird, K. “In the Beauty of Holiness, From the Womb of the Morning: Allegory, Morality, and Politics in Mary Kinley Ingraham’s Acadia.” Shifting Tides: East Coast Theatre in Canada. University of Toronto, March 2004. Learned Societies, Association for Canadian Theatre Research, 2005 ACTR Conference / Congrès de l’ARTC 2005. University of Western, London, Ontario, May 2004.

Bird, K. “Just Like Clear, Fresh Water From the Pump: Class, Christianity, and Comedy in the Life and Playwriting of Clara Rothwell Anderson.” Learned Societies, Association for Canadian Theatre Research, 2003 ACTR onference / Congrès de l’ARTC 2003, Dalhousie, May 2003.

Public Lectures

Bird, K. “How History Matters: Feminist Theatre Across the Centuries.” Festival of Original Theatre, Graduate Centre for Study of Drama, University of Toronto. March 2008.

Bird, K. “Women In the Mandate: Early Canadian Women’s Drama at the Time of Bernard Shaw.” Shaw Festival. August, 2006.

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/HUMA1200 9.0  Contexts of Canadian Culture  LECT  


Bird, who teaches courses in English, Theatre and Women's Studies, is the recipient of the Parents' Association University-Wide Teaching Award, the Graduate Studies Dissertation Prize, Division of Humanities, “Excellence in Teaching” Award, all awarded in 1997. That same year, her dissertation was nominated for the Canada-wide dissertation prize and the Governor General’s Gold medal.


Bird, who teaches courses in English, Theatre and Women's Studies, is the recipient of the Parents' Association University-Wide Teaching Award, the Graduate Studies Dissertation Prize, Division of Humanities, “Excellence in Teaching” Award, all awarded in 1997. That same year, her dissertation was nominated for the Canada-wide dissertation prize and the Governor General’s Gold medal. The Association of Canadian Theatre Research presented the 2004 Ann Saddlemyer Award to Professor Bird for her book, Redressing the Past: The Politics of Early, English-Canadian Women's Drama, 1880-1920, published in 2004 by McGill-Queen's University Press.

Area of Specialization

English

Degrees

PhD, York University
MA English, York University
BA, York University

Research Interests:

Theatre, History, Canadian, English, feminism, theatre particularly women's theatre

Current Research Projects


Project Type: Funded
Funders: 
Minor Research Grant (York University)


Project Type: Funded
Funders: 
Minor Research Grant (York University)


Project Type: Funded
Funders: 
Specific Research Grant(Non Leave) (York University)


Project Type: Funded
Funders: 
Minor Research Grant


Project Type: Funded
Funders: 
Specific Research Grant (Non Leave) (York University)


Project Type: Funded
Funders: 
Specific Research Grant(Non Leave)

All Publications

Books

Bird, K. Redressing the Past: The Politics of Early English-Canadian Women's Theatre: 1876-1927. Montreal: McGill-Queen's U.P., 2004.

Book Chapters

Bird, K. “Shakespeare’s Good Girls: Pageantry, Morality, and the Catholic plays of Sister Mary Agnes.” Shakespeare in Canada, University of Rome, (Forthcoming, 2008).

Bird, K. "Popular Feminist Theatre In Canada: The Company Of Sirens.” Feminist Theatre and Performance. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2006: 28-31.

Bird, K. “Suiting the Occasion: Cross-dressing for Power in the Nineteenth-Century.” Travestimenti e metamorfosi: Percorsi dell' identità di genere attraverso epoche e culture. Ed. Laura Guidi and Annamaria Lamarra. Naples: Filema, 2003.

Journal Articles

Bird, K. “In the Habit of Independence: Cross-border politics and Feminism in Two World War I plays by Sister Mary Agnes. Theatre Research in Canada. “In press”. Vol 27.2 (Spring 2008): 193-226

Bird, K. “In the Beauty of Holiness, From the Womb of the Morning: Allegory, Morality, and Politics in Mary Kinley Ingraham’s Acadia.” Theatre Research in Canada. Vol. 26 1-2 (Fall 2005): 26-55.

Bird, K. “Gazing into the Abyss: Feminism in English-Canadian Women’s Theatre History.” Rivista di Studi Canadesi. Ed. Katarina Richardi. 9 (1996): 23-29.

Bird, K. “Leaping into the Breeches: Liberal Feminist Drag in Sarah Ann Curzon's ‘The Sweet Girl Graduate.’” Journal of Australasian Studies. Ed. Joanne Tompkins. (Oct 1996) : 168-79.

Bird, K. “A Woman's Parliament: Nineteenth-Century Suffrage Theatre in Canada.” Rivista di Studi Canadesi 5 (1992): 33-41.

Bird, K. “Performing Politics: Propaganda, Parody and a Woman's Parliament.” Theatre Research in Canada 13 (Spring/Fall 1992): 168-193.

Conference Proceedings

Bird, K. “I want riches and position and standing among the other nations of the world:@ Edith Lelean Groves The Wooing of Miss Canada and the Creation of Imperial Subjects in Children’s Drama of First World War Toronto.” Proceedings: Hawaii International Conference on Education, December 2007.

Conference Papers

Bird, K. Money, Matricide, and a “Boston Marriage”: a contextual interpretation of Amy Redpath Roddick’s Italian closet drama An Old Bologna Tale. Congress of the Humanities 2008, Association for Canadian Theatre Research, University of British Columbia.

Bird, K. ‘Miss Canada to wed Jack Canuck at the tender age of fifty:’ Nation-Building and a New Educational Curriculum in the First World War Dramas of Edith Lelean Groves. Learned Societies, Association for Canadian Theatre Research, 2007, ACQL Conference / Congrès de l’ARTC 2007, University of Saskatchewan, May 2007.

Bird, K. “I want riches and position and standing among the other nations of the world:@ Edith Lelean Groves The Wooing of Miss Canada and the Creation of Imperial Subjects in Children’s Drama of First World War Toronto.” Hawaii International Conference on Education, December 2007

Bird, K. “Yes, Virginia, Canadian Women Did Write Plays: Themes and Theory in Early Canadian Women’s Theatre, 1880-1920.” Learned Societies, Association for Canadian Theatre Research, 2006, ACQL Conference / Congrès de l’ARTC 2006, York University, Toronto, May 2006.

Bird, K. “Bad Habits: Sister Mary Agnes, Jingoism, and the Question of Literary Citizenship in A Patriot’s Daughter and Other Plays.” Learned Societies, Association for Canadian Theatre Research, 2005 ACTR Conference / Congrès de l’ARTC 2005. University of Western, London, Ontario, May 2005.

Bird, K. “In the Beauty of Holiness, From the Womb of the Morning: Allegory, Morality, and Politics in Mary Kinley Ingraham’s Acadia.” Shifting Tides: East Coast Theatre in Canada. University of Toronto, March 2004. Learned Societies, Association for Canadian Theatre Research, 2005 ACTR Conference / Congrès de l’ARTC 2005. University of Western, London, Ontario, May 2004.

Bird, K. “Just Like Clear, Fresh Water From the Pump: Class, Christianity, and Comedy in the Life and Playwriting of Clara Rothwell Anderson.” Learned Societies, Association for Canadian Theatre Research, 2003 ACTR onference / Congrès de l’ARTC 2003, Dalhousie, May 2003.

Public Lectures

Bird, K. “How History Matters: Feminist Theatre Across the Centuries.” Festival of Original Theatre, Graduate Centre for Study of Drama, University of Toronto. March 2008.

Bird, K. “Women In the Mandate: Early Canadian Women’s Drama at the Time of Bernard Shaw.” Shaw Festival. August, 2006.


Teaching:

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/HUMA1200 9.0  Contexts of Canadian Culture  LECT