Professor Deanne Williams of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) at York University was inducted to the Royal Society of Canada as a 2017 New College Inductee, in the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. The induction took place Nov. 25.
She joins the five 2017 Fellows from York University, announced in September: Professors Russell Belk (Schulich School of Business – elected as Fellow, but not yet inducted), Richard C. Hoffmann (LA&PS), Lesley A. Jacobs (LA&PS), Marcel Martel (LA&PS) and David McNab (LA&PS).
“York is delighted to see that Professor Williams has been recognized by the Royal Society of Canada as one of the New College Inductees,” said Robert Haché, vice-president research & innovation. “This reflects the high regard in which York University’s scholars, and York research, are held.”
Recognized internationally for pioneering work on Renaissance girlhood ̶ prominently displayed in Shakespeare and the Performance of Girlhood (2014) ̶ Williams specializes in medieval and Renaissance literatures. She established her reputation early with her prize-winning The French Fetish from Chaucer to Shakespeare (2004), which considers the impact of the Norman Conquest on the culture of medieval and Renaissance England by examining a variety of literary representations of, and responses to, France and “the French.” She is currently working on a history of the girl actor in early modern England, and on a book titled Girls and their Books in Early Modern England.