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Professor David Fuller

Professor (Emeritus)

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Professor (Emeritus) in the Department of English Studies  
Emeritus Fellow of University College  
Member of the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies  


David Fuller is Emeritus Professor of English and former Chairman of the Department of English Studies in the University of Durham. From 2002 to 2007 he was also the University’s Public Orator. He has held a University of Durham Sir Derman Christopherson Fellowship, and fellowships at the Huntington Library, the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies of the University of Toronto, and the Yale Center for British Art. He is the author of Blake’s Heroic Argument (Croom Helm, 1988), James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ (Harvester, 1992), Signs of Grace (with David Brown, Cassell, 1995), and essays on a wide range of poetry, drama, and novels from Medieval to Modern, including work on Chaucer, Spenser, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Blake, Shelley, Keats, T. S. Eliot, William Empson, and the theory and practice of criticism. He is the editor of Tamburlaine the Great (1998), for the Clarendon Press complete works of Marlowe, of William Blake: Selected Poetry and Prose (Longman’s Annotated Texts, 2000; revised 2008), and co-editor (with Patricia Waugh) of The Arts and Sciences of Criticism (Oxford, 1999) and (with Corinne Saunders and Jane Macnaughton) of The Recovery of Beauty: Arts, Culture, Medicine (2015). His edition, with Corinne Saunders, of a version of the medieval poem Pearl modernised by Victor Watts was published by Enitharmon in 2005. He trained as a Musicologist and has written on Jacobean stage music, on opera, and on ballet. Much of his recent research has been on Marlowe and Shakespeare in modern performance, including a book on the Sonnets, The Life in the Sonnets (2011), published by Continuum in the series Shakespeare Now! He is currently working on a book on Shakespeare and the Romantics, to be published in 2016 in the series 'Oxford Shakespeare Topics'.

Research interests

  • modernism, especially Joyce and T.S. Eliot
  • Blake and poetry of the Romantic period
  • Elizabethan drama (Marlowe and Shakespeare)

Research groups

  • Literature and Medicine
  • Renaissance Studies
  • Romantic and Pre-Romantic Studies


Authored book

  • Fuller, David (2021). Shakespeare and the Romantics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Fuller, David (2011). The Life in the Sonnets. London: Continuum.
  • David Fuller (2000). William Blake: Selected Poetry and Prose. London: Longman-Pearson.
  • David Fuller (1998). Tamburlaine the Great, Parts 1 and 2, in vol. 5 of The Complete Works of Christopher Marlowe. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  • David Fuller & Brown, D. W. (1995). Signs of Grace: Sacraments in Poetry and Prose. London: Cassell.
  • (1992). James Joyce's 'Ulysses'. London: Harvester.
  • (1988). Blake's Heroic Argument. London: Croom Helm.

Chapter in book

  • Fuller, David (2020). The Music of Narrative Poetry: Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton. In The Edinburgh Companion to Literature and Music. da Sousa Correa, Delia Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 173-182.
  • Fuller, David (2019). Chaucer, Spenser, and Shakespeare. In William Blake in Context. Haggerty, Sarah Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 173-183.
  • Fuller, David (2018). Rescuing Shakespeare: King Lear and Its Textual Contexts. In The Life of Texts: Evidence in Textual Production, Transmission, and Reception. Caruso, Carlo London: Bloomsbury. 154-175.
  • Fuller, David (2018). 'Sin, Death, and Love: Britten's Holy Sonnets of John Donne'. In Literary Britten: Words and Music in Benjamin Britten's Vocal Works. Kennedy, Kate Boydell & Brewer.
  • Fuller, David (2018). 'Communities in the Theatre and the World: Three Ballets and a Masque'. In New Places: Shakespeare and Civic Creativity. Edmondson, Paul & Fernie, Ewan London: Bloomsbury. 65-82.
  • Fuller, David (2018). 'The Sonnet'. In A Companion to Contemporary British and Irish Poetry, 1960-2010. Malcolm, David & Gortschacher, Wolfgang Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Fuller, David (2016). Shakespeare and Dance. In Shakespeare's Creative Legacies: Artists, Writers, Performers, Readers. Holbrook, Peter & Edmondson, Paul Bloomsbury. 61-77.
  • Fuller, David (2015). A Kind of Loving: Hans Castorp as Model Critic. In Thomas Mann and Shakespeare: Something Rich and Strange. Doering, Tobias & Fernie, Ewan London: Bloomsbury. 207-228.
  • Fuller, David (2015). 'There is no method'? Contact and Conflict in Interdisciplinary Studies. In Contact and Conflict in English Studies. Coelsch-Foisner, Sabine & Schendl, Herbert Peter Lang. 133-150.
  • Fuller, David (2012). '"A sensibility for the infinite": Metaphor, Symbol, Form, and the Sublime'. In Theology, Aesthetics and Culture. MacSwain, Robert C. & Worley, Taylor Oxford: Oxford University Press. 213-225.
  • Fuller, David (2012). Discovering Transgression: Reading from the Passions. In Shakespeare and I. Will McKenzie, & Theodora Papadopolou Continuum. 61-77.
  • David Fuller (2011). Music. In T. S. Eliot in Context. Harding, Jason Cambridge University Press. 134-44.
  • David Fuller (2010). Lyrics, Sacred and Secular. In A Companion to Medieval Poetry. Corinne Saunders Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. 258-76.
  • David Fuller (2009). The Erotic and the Sacred Body in Opera: The Venusberg to Monsalvat - and Beyond. In The Body and the Arts. Corinne Saunders, Ulrika Maude & Jane Macnaughton Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 254-69.
  • David Fuller (2009). T. S. Eliot. In The Blackwell Companion to the Bible in English Literature. Rebecca Lemon, Emma Mason, Jonathan Roberts & Christopher Rowland Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. 667-80.
  • David Fuller (2009). Les illustrations de Blake pour 'La Divine Comedie'. In William Blake: Le Genie visionnaire du romantisme anglais. Michael Phillips Paris: Paris musees. 181-87, 245-46.
  • David Fuller (2006). Reading Chaucer Aloud. In A Concise Companion to Chaucer. Saunders, Corinne Oxford: Blackwell.
  • David Fuller (2006). William Empson: from Verbal Analysis to Cultural Criticism. In Modern Literary Theory and Criticism: an Oxford Guide. Waugh, Patricia Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • David Fuller (2005). ‘“Mad as a refuge from unbelief” Blake and the Sanity of Dissidence.’. In Madness and Creativity in Literature and Culture. Saunders, Corinne. & Macnaughton, Jane. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 121-143.
  • David Fuller (2005). Passion and Politics: Antony and Cleopatra in Performance. In Antony and Cleopatra: New Critical Essays. Deats, Sara Munson. New York: Routledge. 111-135.
  • David Fuller (2004). ‘Shakespeare’s Romances.’. In A Companion to Romance: From Classical to Contemporary. Saunders, Corinne. Oxford: Blackwell. 160-176.
  • David Fuller (2002). ‘Tamburlaine the Great in Performance.’. In Marlowe’s Empery: Expanding his Critical Contexts. Deats, Sara Munson. & Logan, Robert A. Newark; London: University of Delaware Press; Associated University Presses. 61-81.
  • David Fuller (2000). Keats and Anti-Romantic Ideology. In The Challenge of Keats: Bicentenary Essays, 1795-1995. Christensen, Allan Amsterdam: Rodopi.
  • David Fuller (1998). William Blake. In Literature of the Romantic Period: A Bibliogrqaphical Guide. O'Neill, Michael Oxford: Oxford UP.
  • David Fuller (1996). The World, the Flesh and the Spirit: Love as Sacramental in Spenser and Other Poets. In Christ, the Sacramental Word. Brown, D. W. & Loades, Ann London: SPCK.

Edited book

Journal Article

  • Fuller, David (2011). Dementia at the Opera: 'The Lion's Face'. The Opera Quarterly 27(4): 509-521.
  • David Fuller (2009). Love or Politics: The Man or the King? Edward II in Modern Performance. Shakespeare Bulletin 27(1): 81-115.
  • David Fuller (2007). “The Human Form Divine” Blake and the Body. Essays in Romanticism 31: 53-73.
  • David Fuller (2005). The Bogdanov Version: The English Shakespeare Company Wars of the Roses. Literature/Film Quarterly 33: 114-37.
  • Fuller, David (1988). Blake and Dante. Art History 11(3): 349-73.

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • Fuller, David (2010). Modernizing Blake's Text: Syntax, Rhythm, Rhetoric. Romantic Circles Praxis Series 2010(1).