Fonds 1460 - Anne Lancashire fonds

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UTA 1460


Anne Lancashire fonds


  • [196-]-2012; predominant 1975-2012 (Creation)

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5.6 m of textual records (14 boxes)
1 audio cassette
2 photographs

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Anne Charlotte Lancashire (née Begor) (23 November 1941 - ), Professor Emerita of the University of Toronto, was an English Department Professor between her appointment in 1965 to her retirement in 2012. Her main teaching and research interests are medieval and Renaissance theatre history, English Renaissance drama, and contemporary popular and science fiction American film.


Professor Lancashire received her B.A. Honours in English from McGill University in 1962. She received her A.M. (1963) and PhD (1965) in English from Harvard University. Her doctoral thesis was an edition of the anonymous 1600 play Look About You.

Appointment to the University of Toronto

Anne Lancashire was appointed to the English Department at University College in 1965 by Clifford Leech, and was the first women to have been appointed in English at University College since the 1930s. She was a Lecturer, retro-actively adjusted to Assistant Professor, from 1965-1967, Assistant Professor from 1967-1971, Associate Professor from 1971-1976, Professor from 1976-2012, and Professor Emerita from 2012. Prof. Lancashire was also cross-appointed to the graduate Centre for the Study of Drama in 1975, and to Cinema Studies (now the Cinema Studies Institute) in 1987. She was appointed to the graduate school in 1974 and was awarded tenure in 1970. She retired in 2012.

Over her career as a Professor, she has taught several different undergraduate and graduate courses in English literature and drama, from the 12th century to the present, and American popular film, including science fiction film. She has also been supervisor for several graduate students.

Administrative Positions

Along with her teaching responsibilities at the University of Toronto, Prof. Lancashire also held numerous administrative positions within the English Department, University College and university-wide, including University Vice-Provost of Arts & Science and of Staff Relations (1987-1988), Vice Dean Academic of the Faculty of Arts & Science (2003-2009), and Vice-Principal and Program Director of University College (1990-1993). In addition to these positions, Prof. Lancashire was also a member of numerous professional associations, committees and boards, including the president of the Shakespeare Association of America (SAA) (1988-1989), and the Canadian Secretary-Treasurer of The Malone Society (1977-1990).

She is a member of the editorial boards of several journals and of the advisory board of The Internet Shakespeare, as well as a continuing member of the SAA, London Record Society, and the International Association of University Professors of English.

Scholarship and Research

Throughout her career, Prof. Lancashire had published numerous articles, books and reviews and delivered many talks and lectures at meetings and symposia. Her primary research field is English medieval and Renaissance theatre history. Her secondary field of research is American contemporary popular film. Her works cover topics such as plays by Shakespeare and Thomas Middleton, drama of John Lyly, Chaucer, Christopher Marlowe, London Lord Mayor’s Shows and the Star Wars films. Prof. Lancashire was also given a manuscript in the 1970s by her colleague Clifford Leech, Christopher Marlowe: Poet for the Stage, to be completed and published for him. The book was completed by Prof. Lancashire in 1979 and published in 1986.

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Fonds consists of the records of Anne Lancashire, documenting her career as a Professor of English at the University of Toronto from her appointment in 1965 at the University College English Department, and her cross-appointment to Drama in 1975 and Cinema Studies in 1985, until her retirement in 2012, as well as her several administrative positions at the University. Her research, publications and administration positions held for several professional associations are also documented. The content of the fonds primarily document the last 40 years of her work, but there is some coverage of her early teaching career and research. The fonds provides a significant record of her work as a faculty and administration member of the University of Toronto, her extensive research and scholarship, and her involvement in several professional associations relating to English literature and drama.

Records include correspondence, minutes, reports, course notes, syllabi, exams and tests, course bibliographies and a course pack on medieval literature, press clippings, publication reviews, research lectures and papers, manuscripts and other records documenting Professor Lancashire’s graduate and undergraduate courses taught in English, Drama and Cinema Studies, various administrative positions, and extensive research and scholarship.

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The fonds is organized into series based on the terms used to label the records’ boxes when they first arrived at the Archives.

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Series 2 is restricted on a file-by-file basis. Box 003 file (15) relating to student information for the Transitional Year Program (TYP) is closed until 2064. File (16) and file (17) relating to the University of Toronto Faculty Association (UTFA) committee is closed until 2034. Box 006 file (07) relating to student evaluation is closed until 2044. See the series descriptions and box-file lists (appendix) for details. Series 1, and 3-6 are open.

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-Original finding aid by Zoe Weber, 2015
-Added to AtoM by Karen Suurtamm, June 2016




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