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Personal profile


My interest in theatre history and literature was developed during undergraduate studies in drama and English. However it was the opportunity to uncover lost stories in the letters and scrapbooks of long-forgotten performers during postgraduate fieldwork at the British Library and New York Public Library that convinced me to pursue an academic career.

I received my Ph.D from the Australian National University, working on theatre historiography within the English program. My research has continued in an interdisciplinary mode, bringing together areas such as Elizabethan performance, nineteenth-century cultural history and classical Hollywood cinema. My current research project is a wide-ranging study of actresses and mental illness, drawing on historical examples and literary and cultural representations to consider the intersections of andlsquo;hysteria' and the andlsquo;histrionic'.

I taught in the School of English, Journalism and European Languages at the University of Tasmania before joining Monash University in 2006. At Monash I have had the pleasure of introducing first-year students to the history of drama and performance. I have also taught units in Elizabethan performance, nineteenth-century literature, modern fiction and British comedy.

Research area keywords

  • Actress studies
  • Theatre historiography
  • Celebrity
  • Representations of mental illness
  • Shakespeare

Research Output

Actresses and Mental Illness: Histrionic Heroines

Gregory, F., 2019, Abingdon Oxon UK: Routledge. 161 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Hybrid creatures: Mrs Patrick Campbell’s contributions to Pygmalion

Gregory, F., 2017, In : Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film. 43, 1, p. 107–121 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Mrs. Pat's two bodies: Ghosting and the landmark performance

Gregory, F., 2016, In : Theatre Survey. 57, 2, p. 218-231 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Seeing Sarah Bernhardt: Performance and Silent Film

Gregory, F., 2016, In : Australian Journal of French Studies. p. 248-249 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalShort ReviewOtherpeer-review

Crossing genre, age and gender: Judith Anderson as Hamlet

Gregory, F., 2014, In : Journal of American Drama and Theatre. 26, 2, p. 1 - 13 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Everett Helm Visiting Fellowship

Gregory, Fiona (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Competitive Fellowships