David McNeil, Associate Professor, Dalhousie (1984-2018)


"MacNeil" Surname and R-L165 (S68) Y-DNA: R1b1a2a1a1b5b. mtDNA: H Projects: kit no. 206620
"Ultimately the life of a man is of no greater importance to the universe than the life of an oyster." Hume, from Essays ... (1783 ed.)

Cell (902) 441-8087 IM. Skype dmcneil55

Status: Retired from Dalhousie (as of July 1, 2018); listed as "day-to-day"--aren't we all?

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Recent Books

- Early Modern Spectatorship: Interpreting English Culture, 1500-1780. Montreal/Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2019. Order at MQUP.

- Download a Review (PDF) of Early Modern Spectatorship from Renaissance and Reformation, No. 47 (4) by Daniel Fischlin.
- Download a Review (PDF) of Early Modern Spectatorship from Eighteenth-Century Studies, Vol. 54 (2), W2021, by J. Ereck Jarvis.


- Biography of Gerry McNeil & Sports Media History, In the Pressure of the Moment: Remembering Gerry McNeil -- Press Release
. Order from your local bookstore or online (Indigo).

- Download a Review (PDF) of In the Pressure of the Moment from The Antigonish Review, No. 190 by Don Nichol.

Author donates $500 to KidSport as the first instalment of proceeds of In the Pressure of the Moment to the National Organization dedicated to the involvement of children in organized sport.

Thanks to all those who came out for the Book Tour!!

Press Coverage and Events for In the Pressure of the Moment

Teaching and Research Interests

- SCANS (Seniors' College Association of Nova Scotia), Classes on Hockey and Canadian Culture and on Satire from Juvenal to Stephen Colbert

- Spectatorship in Early Modern England. (with Ron Huebert) See book above and Engl. 5276 below
- Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature
- Jacobitism (specifically the Memoirs of the Chevalier James Johnstone (with Drïss Aissaoui)
- murals (narrativity and self-likenesses), British Murals Subgroup
- Teaching in an WWW environment
- Satire, the novel, Sports Literature (Hockey)
- Sports Photography
- Fictionalization of America (the eighteenth-century English novel)
- War and the Arts
- South Sea Bubble (The Bubble Project)
- theory of the Spectacle (Debord's The Society of the Spectacle (1967); see also the film, and Comments on the Society of the Spectacle (1988)
- Hockey in Print (HIP): Bibliography of Writing on Hockey, over 900 items! Searchable (use the FIND function on your Browser).

- Selected Publications
- Recent Conference Papers
- Other Lectures/Presentations/Interviews

Current Administration:
  • Secretary and Webmaster of the Association of Dalhousie Pensioners and Retirees
  • Member of CURAC (College and University Retiree Associations of Canada) Committee on Later Life Learning (LLL)
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    Complete CV (July 2020) PDF Format:

    Complete CV (July 2020)

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