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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.


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. Last semester he taught courses on “Jane Austen!”, "Reading Literature," and a Prindle Institute for Ethics mini-course on Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age. For the 2017 American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies annual conference, he organized academic panels on "Aesthetic Subjects" and the "Postsecular Enlightenment." Paper presentations in 2017 include "Religious Tolerance and Imperialism in John Dryden's The Indian Emperor" at St. Hughes College, Oxford (BSECS), "Joseph Addison's Religious Thermometer" at the University of California, Santa Barbara (WSECS), and "The Difference Enlightenment Satire Makes to Religion" at a symposium on "Imagining Religious Tolerance: 1600-1800" at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. With Prof. Alison Conway, he is editing a collection of essays based on the contributions to the symposium. The volume is under contract with the University of Toronto Press.


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. 
Reprint forthcoming in Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800.

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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