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Alvarez, David P., Ph.D.




English, Asbury Hall, Room 310B
Greencastle, IN


Associate Professor of English and Chair of the English Department

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. The recent recipient of a John and Janice Fisher Fellowship for a project on “Enlightening Shaftesbury: Collaborating on a Scholarly Edition of the Complete Works of the Third Earl of Shaftesbury,” he was a visiting scholar at the Friedrich-Alexander Universität, Erlangen, Germany, February-August 2017.

 Alvarez teaches a wide range of courses on Enlightenment literature and philosophy, focusing on religious tolerance, satire, the early novel and oriental tales, economics and literature, and cosmopolitanism. Recent courses include “Jane Austen!”, “Enlightenment Religious Satire”, and a Prindle Institute for Ethics mini-course on Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age. For the spring 2018 semester, he will offer an introductory course on “Reading Literature” organized around the question, “What is a world?” Students in this class will collaborate with students in a similar course offered in Pune, India, at FLAME University. Alvarez will also teach a Prindle Institute for Ethics mini-course on Teresa M. Bejan’s Mere Civility: Disagreement and the Limits of Toleration (Harvard UP, 2017).

Recent paper presentations in 2017 include "The Difference Enlightenment Satire Makes to Religion" for a symposium on "Imagining Religious Tolerance: 1600-1800" at the University of Western Ontario, Canada; as well as papers on Daniel Defoe and religious tolerance presented at the University of Ferrara, Italy, and at a conference on “Tolerance and Intolerance in the Age of Defoe” in New Haven, Connecticut. For the 2018 American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies annual conference, he will be presenting a paper on “Swift, Satire, and Secularity” and has organized an academic panel on "The Aesthetics of Time." With Prof. Alison Conway, he is editing a collection of essays based on the contributions to the above symposium. The volume is under contract with the University of Toronto Press.

Alvarez also works as DePauw's liaison for the GLCA Global Crossroads Initiative. Last year, he led a campus-wide project and international conference at DePauw on "The Liberal Arts and Global Citizenship: Theory and Practice."

His favorite book is Gulliver"s Travels.

Forthcoming and recent articles: 

“Shaftesbury’s Non-Secular Cosmopolitanism,” in Shaping Enlightenment Politics:
The Social and Political Impact of the First and Third Earls of Shaftesbury, Peter Lang (forthcoming)

“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. 
Reprint forthcoming in Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800.

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