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David Francis Taylor

Associate Professor of English, University of Oxford

I specialize 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. At present I'm especially concerned with questions of visuality and I'm in the early stages of a new project that tracks practices and concepts of spectacle across the period.


  • 2014–present
    Assistant Professor, Dept. of English & Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick
  • 2011–2014
    Assistant Professor, Dept. of English, University of Toronto
  • 2010–2011
    Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto


  • 2009 
    University of Cambridge, PhD in English Literature
  • 2006 
    University of Cambridge, MPhil in English Literature
  • 2005 
    University of St. Andrews, MA (Hons.) in English Literature


  • 2014
    Oxford Handbook of the Georgian Theatre, 1737-1832, (Oxford University Press)
  • 2012
    Theatres of Opposition: Empire, Revolution, and Richard Brinsley Sheridan, (Oxford University Press)