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.

Selected Publications


  • 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.


  • "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.

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Interpretive Strategies

Addressing issues and questions specific to literary and cultural analysis and in the process exploring various interpretive strategies through which ideas of the literary and of literary study are engaged. The content and perspective of this course will vary according to instructor. Students will read primary theoretical texts, and will write about how theories of literature might inform ways of reading prose, poetry, drama, and/or film. By the end of the term, students should have a sense of how over the years critical debate has shaped the many practices of reading literature.


Writing With Writers

Supervised by a prominent writer, students will work on their own creative projects. The genre (prose fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry) will change from year to year.


Early Modern Drama

Major works from the golden age of English drama. Shakespeare and/or Shakespeare along with work by his contemporaries, Marlowe, Jonson, Webster, Middleton, Ford, and others.


Restoration & 18th Cnt Eng Lit

A survey of English literature and culture from the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 to the creation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in 1801. Covers a wide range of literary genres such as Restoration drama, satiric poetry, the travel narrative, the periodical essay, and the novel. Examining the historical, social, political, and intellectual backgrounds for these texts, such as the declining influence of court culture, the construction of a colonial market economy, discourses of slavery and abolition, the reevaluation of traditional class hierarchies, and considerations of gender and marriage. Authors studied include: Rochester, Wycherley, Behn, Haywood, Aubin, Defoe, Pope, Swift, Fielding, Equiano, and others.


Shakespeare on Film

Study of Shakespeare's plays on film or in production if live performances occur during semester the course is taught. Shakespeare's written texts may be studied, but focus will be on the artistry of the cinema or theater in revealing Shakespeare for modern audiences


Shakespeare's Europe

The influence of important classical and Renaissance European writers on the literature and drama of Shakespeare's England. Topics vary, but may include the impact of authors such as Dante, Ovid, Montaigne, Petrarch, and others on Donne, Herbert, Marlowe, Milton, Shakespeare, Spenser, and their peers.


Issues in Women & Gender Stds

Focus on both classical and contemporary issues in Women's and Gender Studies. Survey of feminist theory and historical developments in the women's movement, it provides a foundation for the understanding of contemporary women's issues, including education, family, health, religion, economics and politics.


Introduction to Queer Theory

Study of Foucault, Butler, Sedgwick, Anzaldua, Edelman, Mercer and Ferguson among others to understand what it means to say that sexuality has a history and that it is socially constructed. Topics include the ways queer theory problematizes the connections among sex, gender, and sexuality; modern lesbian, gay, and transgendered movements; and anti-identitarian alternatives to normative sexual regimes.

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