PhD 1987, University of Chicago
The Renaissance and the early colonial period in the Americas
David Read served as Chair of the department from 2011 to 2017. His research interests range from Elizabethan England to colonial America. His publications include studies of Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, John Donne, Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Francis Drake, Captain John Smith, William Bradford, Thomas Morton, and Roger Williams. He is currently working on the connections between literature and international relations during the reign of James I. He plays multiple stringed instruments as well as harmonica, and grows plants from the far corners of the globe, though the hardy ones outdoors are mostly North America natives.
Temperate Conquests: Spenser and the Spanish New World (Wayne State University Press, 2000).
New World, Known World: Shaping Knowledge in Early Anglo-American Writing (University of Missouri Press, 2005).
"History Writing in Colonial and Revolutionary America." The Oxford History of Historical Writing, Vol. 3 (Oxford University Press, 2012), 681-700.
"Disappearing Act: The Role of Enobarbus in Antony and Cleopatra." Studies in Philology 110 (2013): 567-83.
"William Bradford." Oxford Bibliographies Online: American Literature, ed. Jackson Bryer. New York: Oxford UP, 2012 (2012).
"Expensive Egypt." Forum for World Literature Studies 2 (2010): 237-45.
“Revival: Sir Francis Drake in the 1620s.” Notes and Queries 66 (2019): 63-67.
Commentary on Plate 70, “The Court of Wards and Liveries,” Vetusta Monumenta Vol. 1 (2019) (https://scalar.missouri.edu/vm/vol1plate70-court-of-wards-and-liveries).
“More than half his mind: John Donne’s Pseudo-Martyr and the matter of sovereignty.” The Seventeenth Century 35 (2020): 411-34.