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Nancy Mỹ Nghi La


I am an MA student in the Department of English at Queen's University. I earned my BA with Distinction in English and Minor in Humanities from Simon Fraser University. My research focuses on early modern English drama, performance, and audience reception, with an emphasis on clown figures and unconventional forms of laughter-making. My other field of research explores embodied modes of communications such as fencing and dancing and how they affect audience empathy in historic and contemporary dramatic performances. 

Research Interests

Early modern dramatic literature, gender and queer theories, women's studies, affect theory, and gender performance.

Additional Information


September 2023 – Present    Union Steward, Public Service Alliance of Canada Local 901. 


April 2024.    Moderator. "Victorian Influences Today." Reimagining the Victorian, Queen's University, Canada.

April 2024.    "'The Perfect West-End Swell': Gender Performance in the Victorian Music Hall. Reimagining the Victorian, Queen's University, Canada.

March 2024.    "The Sexual Promise of Queer Philology in John Lyly's Galatea." Centre of Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities. University of Cambridge. 

Invited Talks:
March 2024.    Guest Lecture. "'Freedom in the Earth': Gerrard Winstanley and Economic (In)Equality in Early Modern England." ENGL 321: Renaissance Poetry & Prose, Department of English Language and Literature, Queen's University, Canada.

Areas of Study
Gender and Sexuality Studies
Performance Studies
Genres and Forms

Department of English, Queen's University

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