The Renaissance and the early colonial period in the Americas
David Read teaches courses on a variety of Renaissance topics, and his research interests range from Elizabethan England to colonial America. He has published two books, Temperate Conquests: Spenser and the Spanish New World (Wayne State University Press, 2000) and New World, Known World: Shaping Knowledge in Early Anglo-American Writing (University of Missouri Press, 2005), as well as essays on William Shakespeare, Sir Walter Raleigh, Captain John Smith, and William Bradford. He provided the survey of historiography in colonial and revolutionary America for The Oxford History of Historical Writing (2012). He is currently working on the connections between literature and international relations during the reign of James I. He grows many different kinds of native and non-native plants in his yard and loves to talk horticulture when he gets the chance.
PhD 1987, University of Chicago
- New World, Known World: Shaping Knowledge in Early Anglo-American Writing (University of Missouri Press, 2005).
- Temperate Conquests: Spenser and the Spanish New World (Wayne State University Press, 2000).
- "More than half his mind: John Donne's Pseudo-Martyr and the question of sovereignty." The Seventeenth Century (2019): https://doi.org/10.1080/0268117X.2019.1626273
- "Revival: Sir Francis Drake in the 1620s." Notes & Queries 66 (2019): 63-67.
- "Disappearing Act: The Role of Enobarbus in Antony and Cleopatra." Studies in Philology 110 (2013): 567-83.
- "History Writing in Colonial and Revolutionary America." The Oxford History of Historical Writing, Vol. 3 (Oxford University Press, 2012), 681-700l
- "William Bradford." Oxford Bibliographies Online: American Literature (2012).
- "Expensive Egypt." Forum for World Literature Studies 2 (2010): 237-45.