Dr. Fortier's present research interests include the culture of equity in the restoration and thereafter and historicizing archetypal stories of the lost and found.
He is the author of "Theory/Theatre: an Introduction" (Routledge 1997, 2002) and "The Culture of Equity in Early Modern England" (Ashgate 2005); the co-editor of "The True Law of Free Monarchies and Basilicon Doron" (CRRS 1996), "Adaptations of Shakespeare" (Routledge 2000), and "Royal Subjects: Essays on the Writings of James VI and I" (Wayne State 2002). He has also published a large number of articles on Shakespeare, adaptations of Shakespeare, early modern literature, and cultural studies. He has been the recipient of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Standard Research Grant as well as other awards.
Fortier sees his teaching as based on the most progressive aspects of traditional humanism and humanist education, adapted to the critical concerns of contemporary multicultural society. He seeks to contribute to the development of a well-rounded human being: informed, skilled, active, curious, encouraged, enthusiastic and self-reflective. He believes in an open environment in which disparate points of view are welcome, in which students are treated as thoughtful, capable beings, expected to participate in the discussion and the development of the class’s understanding. He also believes in intellectual rigour but joined by playfulness and creativity. He believes university education can and should be made exciting and highly relevant to the lives of students while engaging — artistically, emotionally, intellectually, and politically — with the most serious cultural works of the past.
Fortier is interested in graduate supervision in early modern culture, literature, and theory, and in cultural theory and theatre.