Dr. David F. Taylor

Associate Professor, Faculty of English, University of Oxford and Tutorial Fellow, St. Hugh’s College

Brief biography

David specializes in literature and culture of the long eighteenth century, with particular interests in theatre, the relationship between literary and visual cultures, satire and parody, oratory, the construction of literary history, and the cultural history of Shakespeare. His current project is concerned with questions of visuality and tracks practices and concepts of spectacle across the period. This study contends that the theatre – as a visual art, a site of spectatorship, and an idea or metaphor – was a primary means through which eighteenth-century culture negotiated and contested questions of visuality, most especially the always-vexed relationship between word and image. David is also currently completing an edition of Joseph Addison’s dramatic works for Oxford University Press, which will include the first critical edition of Cato.

Prior to his current post, David taught at the Universities of Toronto and Warwick. He holds a PhD from Cambridge University and was awarded the Polanyi Prize for Literature by the Government of Ontario in 2013. In 2017 he curated the exhibition “Draw New Mischief: 250 Years of Shakespeare and Political Cartoons” for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

David is the author of Theatres of Opposition: Empire, Revolution, and Richard Brinsley Sheridan (OUP, 2012), and The Politics of Parody: A Literary History of Caricature, 1760–1830 (Yale UP, 2018), in addition to many other publications.

Keynote: Lucy Peltz & David F. Taylor