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Alvarez, David P., Ph.D.




English, Asbury Hall, Room 205B
Greencastle, IN


Associate Professor of English (on leave spring semester)

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, the Third Earl of Shaftesbury, and John Locke. His current book project is titled Religious Tolerance: Pain, Passion, and Belief in the English Enlightenment. He has received a Fulbright Lecturing award for Delhi University and a Ford Foundation Award for U.C. Berkeley.

Alvarez teaches a wide range of courses on Enlightenment literature and philosophy, satire, the early novel and oriental tales, economics and literature, and cosmopolitanism. Last semester he taught courses on “Jane Austen!”, "Reading Literature," and a Prindle Institute for Ethics mini-course on Charles Taylor’s A Secular AgeRecent talks include “Enlightenment Theologies of Satire” at Cornell University, and "Religious Tolerance and Imperialism in John Dryden's The Indian Emperor" at St. Hughes College, Oxford. Upcoming talks include a paper on "Joseph Addison's Religious Thermometer" at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has also organized academic panels on "Aesthetic Subjects" and the "Postsecular Enlightenment" for the upcoming American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies annual conference.

Currently on leave in Bavaria, Germany, he is editing the last volumes of the Standard Edition of the Collected Works of the Third Earl of Shaftesbury as a visiting researcher at the Friedrich-Alexander Universität, Erlangen-Nürnberg. He also works as DePauw's liaison for the GLCA Global Crossroads Initiative and is helping to lead a campus-wide project on "The Liberal Arts and Global Citizenship: Theory and Practice."

His favorite book is Gulliver's Travels.

Recent articles:  

“Reading Locke after Shaftesbury: Feeling Our Way Towards a Postsecular Genealogy of Religious Tolerance,” in Mind, Body, Motion, Matter: Eighteenth-Century British and French Literary Perspectives, ed. Mary Helen Mcmurran and Alison Conway (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016): 72-109. 

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

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.