David Haley is interested in the development of early modern self-consciousness and particularly in how we think about our participation in a changing civic polity“”a community subject to time. For literary study, this means relocating the image of the autonomous self in a wider, social mirror by correlating introspection (psychology) with extrospection (politics). His guiding premise is that history gives us a fuller and more complex reading of human relations than theory can provide. Just like epic or dramatic mimesis, artfully recorded history reflects our experience: “all the changes of that which is called fortune from without, or the wily subtleties and refluxes of thoughts from within“ (Milton).
- drama from Aphra Behn to Sheridan
- The Bible as literature
- politics and literature
- Hegel and philosophy of history
- England's civil wars
- literature and politics from Machiavelli and Shakespeare to Hegel and Jane Austen