David Nicol

Associate Fellow; Associate Professor, Fountain School of Performing Arts, Dalhousie University

David Nicol David Nicol

BA (Aberystwyth), MA (Shakespeare Institute, Birmingham), Ph.D. (UCE)

David Nicol is Associate Professor of Theatre Studies and Cinema & Media Studies at Dalhousie University’s Fountain School of Performing Arts. He is a specialist in early modern English drama and has spent many years on expanding our understanding of the overlooked dramatist William Rowley. He is the author of Middleton and Rowley: Forms of Collaboration in the Jacobean Playhouse (University of Toronto Press, 2012) and has published numerous articles on Rowley’s plays in such journals as Comparative DramaEarly TheatreMedieval and Renaissance Drama in EnglandNotes and QueriesShakespeare Bulletin and Studies in English Literature, as well as in the Encyclopedia of Renaissance Literature (Blackwell, 2012). He is completing an edition of Rowley’s All’s Lost by Lust for Digital Renaissance Editions and is the author of the stage history section of the New Variorum edition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, published online by Texas A&M University. He has also published an article on Terrence Malick’s film The New World for Screening the Past.


Selected Publications 

  • “A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Stage and Screen,” in New Variorum Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, ed. Judith Kennedy and Richard Kennedy (Center of Digital Humanities Research at Texas A&M University, 2022). https://newvariorumshakespeare.org/appendix/mnd/#paratext-6376bcd238a1667972bca5e4
  • “A Secret within the Castle: William Rowley and The Changeling,” in The Changeling:  
  • The State of Play, ed. Gordon McMullan and Kelly Stage (London: Arden Shakespeare, 2022), 61-77.
  • “The Missing Scene in The Changeling: Academic and Theatrical Solutions,” in Shakespeare Bulletin 39.2 (2022): 261-74
  • ‘“Exit at one door and enter at another”: The Fatal Re-Entrance in Jacobean Drama’, Shakespeare Bulletin 37.2 (2019): 205-29.
  • “‘I knew not how to call her now’: The Bigamist’s Second Wife in The Witch of Edmonton and All’s Lost by Lust”, in Comparative Drama 50 (2016): 317-39
  • Middleton and Rowley: Forms of Collaboration in the Jacobean Playhouse (University of Toronto Press, 2012)
  • “Understanding Virginia: Quoting the Sources in Terrence Malick’s The New World”, in Screening the Past 32 (2011) http://www.screeningthepast.com/2011/11/understanding-virginia-quoting-the-sources-in-terrence-malick%E2%80%99s-the-new-world/
  • “Interrogating the Devil: Social and Demonic Pressure in The Witch of Edmonton,” in Comparative Drama 38 (2005): 425-46
  • “Does Beatrice-Joanna Have a Subtext?: The Changeling on the London Stage” [co-
  • authored with Roberta Barker], in Early Modern Literary Studies 10.1 (2004), http://purl.oclc.org/emls/10-1/barknico.htm