Prof David B Haley

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English Language & Lit
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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).

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: English, Harvard University, 1964.


  • History
  • literature and politics from Machiavelli and Shakespeare to Hegel and Jane Austen
  • drama from Aphra Behn to Sheridan
  • The Bible as literature
  • Spenser
  • Sidney
  • Shakespeare
  • Restoration
  • politics and literature
  • Milton
  • Marvell
  • Machiavelli
  • Hegel and philosophy of history
  • England's civil wars
  • England
  • Dryden
Courses Taught
  • Milton and Regicide
  • Politics, History, and Literature
  • Shakespearean Community
  • EngL 8250 - Republicanism in Milton, Marvell, and Dryden
  • Religion in Shakespeare
  • Women Historians Before Wollstonecraft
  • EngL 3132 - The Bible as Literature
  • EngL 3122 - Shakespeare II: The Major themes
  • Milton and Rebellion
  • Restoration and 18th-Century British Comedy
  • Renaissance Poetry and Politics
  • Shakespeare: The Earlier Plays
  • Shakespeare: The Later Plays
  • Machiavelli and Republicanism
  • For Students: ShakespeareDownload
  • For Students: Writing a Paper or a ParaphraseDownload
  • “The Popish Plot”: Haley, David, New York: Methuen, The Encyclopedia of British Literature 1660-1789, 289–96, 2015.
  • “The Literary Origins of Sir Lucius O’Trigger.”: Haley, David, ed. de Rochi and Ennis, Lewisburg: Bucknell UP, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, 61-82, 2013.
  • Review of Elliot Visconsi, Lines of Equity: Literature and the Origins of Law in Later Stuart England: Haley, David, The Scriblerian, 10 108-110, 2010.
  • “Dryden, John.“: Haley, David, Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism., 2005.
  • “Dryden's Emergence as a Political Satirist.“: Haley, David, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, Enchanted Ground: Reimagining John Dryden., 2004.
  • Was Dryden a Cryptopapist in 1681?: Haley, David, Studies in 18th Century Culture, 32 , 2003.
  • "Forum." (reply to Edward Saslow) . Haley, David, Author, 2003.
  • A Certain Text: Close Readings in Shakespeare and Others. Haley, David, Edited with Linda Anderson and Janis Lull, University of Delaware Press, 2002.
  • "'The Cause of This Defect': The Dram of Eale." . Haley, David, Newark: University of Delaware Press, Author, 2002.
  • Review of Dryden and the Traces of Classical Rome: Haley, David, Journal of English and Germanic Philology, 100 , 2001.
  • Review of "Marvell and Liberty". Haley, David, Chernaik and Dzelzainis, editors, St. Martin's Press, 2000.
  • Review of Poetry of Opposition and Revolution, by Howard Erskine-Hill. Haley, David, 1999.
  • Dryden and the Problem of Freedom: The Republican Aftermath, 1649-1680. Haley, David, New Haven: Yale University Press, Author, 1997. Link
  • Shakespeare's Bertram, Ahab and Naboth?s Vineyard. Haley, David, 1995.
  • Shakespeare's Courtly Mirror: Reflexivity and Prudence in All's Well That Ends Well. Haley, David, University of Delaware Press, 1993.