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Professor David Fuller


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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.

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Edited book

Journal Article

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

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