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Nicholas Radel

Professor of English

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A member of the Furman English Department since 1986, Nick Radel has also served as co-Chair of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies minor and as a faculty member in Film Studies. He teaches courses in Shakespeare, English Renaissance and modern American literature, sexuality studies, and queer theory. Radel was awarded a Fulbright Lectureship to teach at Roskilde University Center, Denmark, in 1999, and he has taught as a guest professor at Agnes Scott College, Atlanta, Aarhus University, Denmark, and Rhodes University, South Africa. His published scholarship focuses on both early modern English and modern American literature, and explores the intersections between the New History in literary studies and contemporary cultural theory.


  • Ph.D., Indiana University
  • M.A., Indiana University
  • B.A., University of Cincinnati



  • "Supplementary Introduction," Shakespeare, The Critical Tradition: Richard II. Edited by Charles R. Forker (Bloomsbury, 2021).
  • Understanding Edmund White (University of South Carolina Press, 2013).
  • The Taming of the Shrew. (Barnes and Noble, 2007). Co-edited with David Scott Kastan.
  • The Puritan Origins of American Sex: Religion, Sexuality, and National Identity in American Literature. (Routledge, 2001). Co-edited with Tracy Fessenden and Magdalena J. Zaborowska.


  • "Tainted Love: The Absent Black Gay Man in David Leavitt and James Baldwin" James Baldwin Review 6 (2020): 202-209.
  • "Edmund White's Post Gay Autobiographies." Life Writing, 19.2 (Spring 2022); Online (August 2020) https://doi.org/10.1080/14484528.2020.1805670
  • "1978, The Year of Magical Thinking: Paradoxes of White Gay Ontology in Edmund White's Nocturnes for the King of Naples and Andrew Holleran's Dancer from the Dance." The Palgrave Handbook of Magical Realism in the Twenty-First Century. Ed. Richard Perez and Victoria A. Chevalier. Palgrave-Macmillan, 2020. 145-171.
  • "Nocturnes for the King of Naples." Crashing Cathedrals: Edmund White by the Book. Ed. Tom Cardamone. Itna Press, 2019, 37-48.
  • "Unmanly Passion": Sodomitical Self-Fashioning in John Ford's The Lover's Melancholy and Perkin Warbeck." Sex Before Sex. Ed. Will Stockton and James Bromley. University of Minnesota Press, 2013. 111-140.
  • "David Leavitt." Dictionary of Literary Biography: Twenty-First-Century American Novelists, Ed. James and Wanda Giles. Columbia: Bruccoli,Clark, Layman, Inc., 2011. 194-205. With Dr. Lasse Kekki, Turku University, Finland.
  • "The Ethiop's Ear: Race, Sexuality, and Baz Luhrmann's William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet." The Upstart Crow 28 (2009): 17-35.
  • "Havelock Ellis's Literary Criticism, Canon Formation, and the Heterosexual Shakespeare." Journal of Homosexuality 56.8 (2009). 1046-1070.
  • "(E)racing Edmund White: Queer Reading, Race, and Sexuality in A Boy's Own Story." Modern Fiction Studies 54.4 (Winter 2008). 766-790.
  • "'Your Own For Ever': Revealing Masculine Desire in Othello," Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare's Othello. Ed. Peter Erickson and Maurice Hunt. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2005. 62-71.
  • "Can the Sodomite Speak? Sodomy, Satire, Desire, and the Castlehaven Case." Love, Sex, and Intimacy Between Men, 1500-1800. Eds. Katherine O'Donnell and Michael O'Rourke. London: Palgrave, 2002. 146-165.
  • "The Transnational Ga(y)ze: Constructing the East European Object of Desire in Gay Film and Pornography after the Fall of the Wall." Cinema Journal 41.1 (Fall 2001): 40-62.
  • "Queer Romeo and Juliet: Teaching Early Modern 'Sexuality' in Shakespeare's 'Heterosexual' Tragedy." Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Ed. Maurice Hunt. New York: Modern Language Association, 2000. 91-97.
  • "Edmund White." Dictionary of Literary Biography: American Novelists since World War II, Ed. James and Wanda Giles. Columbia: Bruccoli, Clark, Layman, Inc., 2000. 335-351.
  • "'A Sodom Within': Gender, Sex, and Sodomy in the Diary of Michael Wigglesworth." Other Americas, Other Americans: The Politics and Poetics of Multiculturalism. Ed. Magdalena J. Zaborowska. Aarhus, Dk: Aarhus University Press, 1998. 38-49.
  • "Homoeroticism, Discursive Change, and Politics: Reading 'Revolution' in Seventeenth-Century English Tragicomedy." Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England IX (1996): 162-178.
  • "Reading as a Feminist." Theory in Practice: Measure for Measure. Ed. Nigel Wood. Buckingham and Philadelphia: Open University Press, 1996. 90-132.
  • "Fletcherian Tragicomedy, Crossdressing, and the Constriction of Homoerotic Desire in Early Modern England." Renaissance Drama, N.S. XXVI(1995): 53-82.
  • "Self as Other: The Politics of Identity in the Works of Edmund White." Queer Words Queer Images: Communication and the (Re)Construction of Homosexuality. Ed. Jeffrey Ringer. New York University Press, 1993. 175-192.
  • "Provincetown Plays: Women Writers and O'Neill's American Intertext." Essays in Theater 9.1 (1990): 31-43.
  • "Linguistic Subversion and the Artifice of Rhetoric in The Two Noble Kinsmen." Shakespeare Quarterly 38 (1987): 405-425. With Dr. Madelon Lief, Lawrence University.
  • "`What's the meaning of this corn Tilden!': Mimesis in Sam Shepard's Buried Child." From Bard to Broadway. University of Florida Comparative Drama Conference Papers VII (1986): 177-189.
  • "`Then thus I turne my language to you': The Transformation of Theatrical Language in Philaster." Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England III (1986): 129-147.