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Ian McAdam

Ian McAdam received his PhD at Dalhousie University, where he wrote his thesis on Christopher Marlowe. Ian's MA was completed at the University of Toronto, and his undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria. At the University of Lethbridge since 1995, he teaches courses in early modern English literature, and a variety of introductory literature courses. He was the winner of the University of Lethbridge Distinguished Teaching Award in 2009.

Ian can be located in his office (B-810F)
Campus phone: 329-2371

Books and Research


The Irony of Identity: Self and Imagination in the Drama of Christopher Marlowe (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1999).  Second-place winner of the Roma Gill Award of the Marlowe Society of America for a superior critical study published on Christopher Marlowe in 1999-2000.


Magic and Masculinity in Early Modern English Drama (Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2009).



"Edward II and the Illusion of Integrity," Studies in Philology 92 (1995): 203-29.

 "Carnal Identity in The Jew of Malta," English Literary Renaissance 26 (1996): 46-74.

"Renaissance Inwardness and Current Critical Practice" (review article), Dalhousie Review 76 (1996): 273-84.

"Masculinity and Magic in Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay," Research Opportunities in Renaissance Drama 37 (1998): 33-61.                                     [Reprinted in Robert Greene: The University Wits, ed. Kirk Melnikoff (Ashgate, 2011)]

"Masculine Disaffection and Misogynistic Displacement in Carew's Love Lyrics," in The Image of Manhood in the Seventeenth Century: Viewing the Male, ed. Andrew P. Williams (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1999).

"The Spanish Tragedy and the Politico-Religious Unconscious," Texas Studies in Literature and Language 42, no. 1 (2000): 33-60.

"Fiction and Projection: The Construction of Early Modern Sexuality in Elizabeth and Shakespeare in Love," Pacific Coast Philology 35, no. 1 (2000): 49-60.

"The Repudiation of the Marvelous: Jonson's The Alchemist and the Limits of Satire," Quidditas: Journal of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association 21 (2000): 59-77. [appearing 2002]

"Protestant Manliness in Arden of Faversham," Texas Studies in Literature and Language 45, no. 1 (2003): 42-72.

"The Puritan Dialectic of Law and Grace in Bartholomew Fair," Studies in English Literature 46, no. 2 (2006): 415-33.

“Masculine Agency and Moral Stance in Shakespeare’s King John,” Philological Quarterly 86, nos. 1 & 2 (2007): 67-95.                                            [Reprinted in Shakespeare Criticism (SC-142) (Gale, 2011).]

“Milton, Satan, Galileo, and Gunpowder,” Notes and Queries 253, no.3 (2008): 289-91.

“Remembering Ibsen in Tennessee Williams,” Notes on Contemporary Literature (September 2012, Vol. 42.2).

“Magic and Gender in Late Shakespeare,” in Late Shakespeare: Plays, Themes and Contexts 1608-1613, ed. Andrew Power and Rory Loughnane (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

The Jew of Malta and The Merchant of Venice: A Reconsideration of Influence” in The Jew of Malta: A Critical Guide (London: Bloomsbury, 2013), ed. Robert A. Logan.

“Masculinity in The Alchemist in The Alchemist: A Critical Guide (London: Bloomsbury, 2013), ed. Helen Ostovich and Erin Julian.

“Eucharistic Love in The Merchant of Venice,” Renaissance and Reformation 38, no.1 (2015): 83-116.

Dido Queen of Carthage, Hamlet, and the Transformation of Narcissism,” Marlowe Studies: An Annual 5 (2015): 99-129.