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Alvarez, David P., Ph.D.




English, Asbury Hall, Room 205B
Greencastle, IN


Associate Professor of English

David Alvarez received his B.A. from U.C. Davis and Ph.D in English from Cornell University. He has published on Joseph Addison, Mary Astell, Alexander Pope, and the Third Earl of Shaftesbury. His current book project is titled The Passions and Politics of Religious Tolerance in the English Enlightenment. He has received a Fulbright Lecturing award for Delhi University and a Ford Foundation Award for U.C. Berkeley. He teaches a wide range of courses on Enlightenment literature and philosophy, satire, the early novel and oriental tales, economics and literature, and cosmopolitanism. This spring he is teaching “Enlightenment Travel Naratives: Identity and Alterity” and “Eighteenth-Century British Literature.” He is also working as DePauw's liaison for the GLCA Global Crossroads Initiative. His favorite book is Gulliver's Travels.

Recent and forthcoming articles:

“Alexander Pope’s An Essay on Criticism and a 1688 Poetics,” Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture, 1660-1700, 39.1-2 (Spring/Fall 2015): 101-123.

"Reading Locke After Shaftesbury: Feeling Our Way Towards a Postsecular Genealogy of Religious Tolerance," Mind/Body, Motion/Matter (University of Toronto Press) 

Recent reviews:

Imagining Methodism in 18th-Century Britain: Enthusiasm, Belief, and the Borders of the Self by Misty G. Anderson. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012. Eighteenth-Century Fiction 27:3-4 (2015): 753-5.

"Globalizing Enlightenment Aesthetics," a review of Tony C. Brown's The Primitive, the Aesthetic, and the Savage: An Enlightenment Problematic. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press (2012). The Eighteenth-Century: Theory and Interpretation, Vol 55 (2014): Supplement.