American Univesity of Beirut

David Currell

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

David Currell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English specializing in early modern literature and culture. His primary research project, “Epic Satire,” explores the transformative effect of satiric themes and techniques on the representation of military heroism and associated ideologies and values in English epic and drama circa 1500-1700. Other research interests include classical reception studies; the global reception of Renaissance authors, especially Shakespeare and Milton; literature and digital media; and literature and political theory. 

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 among the Satirists,” in Satire and the Multiplicity of Forms, 1600-1830: Textual and Graphic Transformations, ed. Cecilia Rosengren, Per Sivefors, and Rikard Wingård (Manchester UP, forthcoming).
“Who Loses and Who Wins?” MLN 135.5 (2020): 1184-98.
“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. ​
 “Apt Numbers: On Line Citations of Paradise Lost,” in Digital Milton, 77-108.
“The Better Part of Stolen Valour: Counterfeits, Comedy, and the Supreme Court,” Critical Survey 30.1 (2018): 98-114.
“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.
Reviews in English Studies, Marginalia Review of Books, Milton Quarterly, Shakespeare Newsletter. 

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  Early Modern Literature: Voices of Epic
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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