American University of Beirut

David Currell


David Currell, Associate Professor; Chairperson
Ph D (Yale)
MA, BA, BSc (The University of Melbourne)

David Currell is an Associate Professor in the Department of English specializing in early modern drama and poetry. He is presently completing two books: a study of how John Milton engaged the genres of epic and satire and a broad guide to Milton's works. His research interests include classical reception studies, theatre in the age of Shakespeare, satire, global humanities (especially questions of global literary reception), literature and digital media, and theories of allusion.

Teaching Excellence Award (2020). 

Selected Publications: 

Digital Milton (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), ed. with Islam Issa. 
Reading Milton through Islam, spec. issue of English Studies 96.1 (2015), ed. with François-Xavier Gleyzon. (Rpt. Routledge, 2018).   

Milton for Students: Towards a Teaching and Learning Archive," in Milton Across Borders and Media, ed. Angelica Duran and Islam Issa (Oxford UP, forthcoming). 
Milton among the Satirists," in Changing Satire: Transformations and Continuities in Europe, 1600-1830, ed. Cecilia Rosengren, Per Sivefors, and Rikard Wingård (Manchester UP, 2022), 139-61. DOI 
“How Changed? Milton, Vida, Vergil, and a Network of Allusion," Translation and Literature 30.3 (2021): 277-306. DOI 
“Who Loses and Who Wins?" MLN 135.5 (2020): 1184-98. DOI 
“Milton's Epic Games: War and Recreation in Paradise Lost," in Games and War in Early Modern English Literature: From Shakespeare to Swift, ed. Holly Faith Nelson and Jim Daems (Amsterdam UP, 2019), 73-93.  DOI 
“Apt Numbers: On Line Citations of Paradise Lost," in Digital Milton, 77-108. DOI 
“The Better Part of Stolen Valour: Counterfeits, Comedy, and the Supreme Court," Critical Survey 30.1 (2018): 98-114. DOI 
“The Poetic Soundscape of Macbeth," in Critical Insights: Macbeth, ed. William W. Weber (Salem Press, 2017), 51-66. 
“When Roth Reads Milton: The Fall between Paradise Lost and American Pastoral," in Fall Narratives, ed. Zohar Hadromi-Allouche and Ainé Larkin (Routledge, 2017), 137-50. 
“'Away with him! He speaks Latin': 2 Henry VI and the Uses of Roman Antiquity," Shakespeare Survey 69 (2016): 30-45. DOI 
“'As He Refined the Language': Dryden's Task as a Translator," Literature Compass 3.2 (2006): 159-71. DOI  

Reviews in English Studies, Marginalia Review of Books, Milton Quarterly, Shakespeare Newsletter, Translation and Literature

​Courses he has taught include: ​

​CVSP 201  Ancient Near East and Classical Civilization
ENGL 205  English Literature I
ENGL 210A  Medieval Literature: Tolkien and Literary History
ENGL 211  Renaissance and Restoration
ENGL 211A  Milton and Epic
ENGL 212  Shakespeare
ENGL 242B  The Iliad 
ENGL 301A  Introduction to Research Methods and Bibliography
ENGL 302I  Shakespeare: Scenes of Writing
ENGL 302J  Renaissance Tragedy
ENGL 303N  Paradise Lost through History
ENGL 303O  Early Modern Worldmaking
ENGL 305O  Global Renaissance

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