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Dr Patrick Gray

Associate Professor

BA (UNC), MLitt (Oxon), PhD (Yale)


Affiliations
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Associate Professor in the Department of English Studies  
Director of Liberal Arts  
Member of the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture  
Departmental Rep (English) in the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies  
Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing  

Biography

I graduated from Yale in 2012 with a Ph.D. in English and Renaissance Studies, after studying at Oxford, the Sorbonne, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I arrived at Durham in 2013, after a year teaching comparative literature at the United States Military Academy at West Point, as well as a semester as a Visiting Professor at Deep Springs College, teaching Shakespeare and the history of aesthetics. While finishing my doctoral work at Yale, I taught Shakespeare, intellectual history, and comparative literature at Providence College. 

If you are interested in doctoral supervision, please contact me directly by email at patrick.gray@durham.ac.uk. I am interested in projects that consider any aspect of classical reception, Continental influences, intellectual history, theology, philosophy, ethics, political theory, aesthetics, and/or literary history in early modern English literature, including poetry and prose, as well as drama. I am happy to field questions about funding for doctoral study at Durham, as well as other aspects of the application process.

Research interests

  • Shakespeare
  • Renaissance Literature
  • Classical Reception
  • Genre Theory
  • Aesthetics
  • Intellectual History
  • The History of Emotions

Publications

Book review

Chapter in book

Edited book

Edited Journal

Journal Article

Monograph

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Gray, Patrick (2018). Acts of War. GLOBE Magazine (For Shakespeare's Globe).

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • Gray, Patrick, Smith, Emma & Whipday, Emma (2021). Shakespeare's Life Lessons. Free Thinking. BBC Radio 3.
  • Bate, Jonathan, Gray, Patrick & Steel, Catherine (2018). Is Shakespeare History? The Roman Plays.
  • Dunne, Derek, Gray, Patrick & Johnson, Toria (2018). #ECASurvival Podcast.

Presentation

  • Gray, Patrick (2021), Shakespeare after the New Materialism, For the panel, 'Shakespeare and Intellectual History,' organised by Patrick Gray Shakespeare Association of America.
  • Gray, Patrick (2019), Shakespeare and Morality, Shakespeare and Morality. University of Surrey and the Guildford School of Acting.
  • Gray, Patrick (2019), What is Iago? Shakespeare and Spenser on Imagination and the Demonic, For the seminar, 'Shakespeare and Spenser,' led by Joe Moshenska and Leah Whittington Shakespeare Association of America. Washington, DC.
  • Gray, Patrick (2018), Shakespeare versus Aristotle: Anagnorisis, Repentance, and Acknowledgment, British Shakespeare Association. Belfast.
  • Gray, Patrick (2018), Unsocial Sociability: Kant, Hegel, and Shakespeare's Civil Wars, International Shakespeare Congress. The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • Gray, Patrick (2018), What is ‘the Breath of Our Nostrils’? John Donne on ‘the Anointed of the Lord,’ Gunpowder Day, 1622, The Life of Breath: History, Texts, Contexts. Durham University.
  • Gray, Patrick (2018), Sources of the Self? Shakespeare, Montaigne, and Modern Moral Philosophy, Shakespeare and/as Philosophy. Humanities and Arts Research Institute, Royal Holloway, London.
  • Gray, Patrick (2018), Wandering in the Wilderness: Life as an Early-Career Academic, Strategies for Survival in a Changing Academic Landscape. Cardiff University.
  • Gray, Patrick (2018), Shame and Guilt in Shakespeare, Felix Culpa? Guilt as Culturally Productive Force. Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung (ZiF), Universität Bielefeld.
  • Gray, Patrick (2017), Literature vs. Propaganda: Ambiguity and the Catharsis of Doubt, Outside the Frame of Theory. Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg.
  • Gray, Patrick (2017), What is Iago? Shakespeare on Imagination and the Demonic, For the seminar, 'Afterlives of Medieval Drama,' led by Katherine Goodland Shakespeare Association of America. Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Gray, Patrick (2017), The Enchanted Palace: Form and Content in Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso, Poetics Before Modernity. Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH), Cambridge University.
  • Gray, Patrick (2017), The Logic of the Preemptive Strike: Justice, War, and the Thucydides Trap in Ancient Greek and Roman Literature, Just War Theory in Literature: Facts and Fictions. Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster.
  • Gray, Patrick (2016), Shakespeare and the Other Virgil, For the seminar, 'Shakespeare, Collaboration, and Co-Creation,' led by Matthias Bauer and Angelika Zirker World Shakespeare Congress. London and Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • Gray, Patrick (2016), Caesar as Comic Antichrist: Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and the Medieval English Stage Tyrant (plenary lecture), British Graduate Shakespeare Conference. The Shakespeare Institute.
  • Gray, Patrick (2016), Literature vs. Propaganda: Ambiguity and the Catharsis of Doubt, Literary Form and Reform. Fudan University, Shanghai.
  • Gray, Patrick (2016), 'The Eye Sees Not Itself': Shakespeare and Aristotle on Friendship, English and Theatre Studies Seminar. University of Melbourne.
  • Gray, Patrick (2016), Montaigne, 'On Experience', Department of Philosophy, Deakin University.
  • Gray, Patrick (2016), Nietzsche vs. Freud: Shame Culture, Guilt Culture, and the Study of Ancient Greece, Ancient World Seminar. University of Melbourne.
  • Gray, Patrick (2016), Re-imagining Shame Culture and Guilt Culture, History of Emotions Seminar. University of Adelaide.
  • Gray, Patrick (2016), Shakespeare and the Ethics of War: International Relations and the Problem of Honour, Emotions, Ethics, and War. Centre for the History of Emotions, University of Western Australia.
  • Gray, Patrick (2016), Re-imagining Shame Culture and Guilt Culture (video), Centre for the History of Emotions, University of Western Australia.
  • Gray, Patrick (2016), Renaissance Humanism and the Roman Reception of Hellenistic Philosophy, Afterlives of Hellenistic Ethics. University of Queensland.
  • Gray, Patrick (2016), What is Iago? Shakespeare on Imagination and the Demonic, History of Emotions Seminar. University of Sydney.
  • Gray, Patrick (2016), Shame and Guilt in Ancient Greece, Classics and Ancient History Research Seminar. University of Sydney.
  • Gray, Patrick (2016), 'Eye to Eye Opposed': Shakespeare and Intersubjective Recognition, Early Modern Literature and Culture Seminar. University of Sydney.
  • Gray, Patrick (2016), Shakespeare, Hegel, and the History of Recognition, Shakespeare au Risque de la Philosophie. Centre d'Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM), Université de Poitiers.
  • Gray, Patrick (2016), Shakespeare and the Other Virgil: Pity and Constancy in Coriolanus, Renaissance Colloquium. Harvard University.
  • Gray, Patrick (2015), Shakespeare, Unruly Emotions, and the Right to the City. For the panel, 'Emotions, Dangers, and Crises in the Metropolis', International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE). Geneva.
  • Gray, Patrick, Loewenstein, David, Stevens, Paul & Quabeck, Franziska (2015), Round table: Shakespeare and the Ethics of War, Shakespeare Association of America. Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Gray, Patrick (2015), Montaigne and Bacon’s New Organon: Montaigne’s Essays as a model of induction, For the panel, “Scientific and Philosophical Thought in Stuart England: the Influence of Montaigne’s Essays,” led by Patrick Gray and John O'Brien Renaissance Society of America. Humboldt University, Berlin.
  • Gray, Patrick (2015), Eye to Eye Opposed: Shakespeare, Aristotle, and Intersubjective Recognition, Darkness and Illumination: the Pursuit of Knowledge in the Medieval and Early Modern World. Durham University.
  • Gray, Patrick (2014), Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and the medieval English cycle-play Augustus, For the seminar, 'Julius Caesar,' led by Michael Stapleton and Sarah Scott Shakespeare Association of America. St. Louis, Missouri, St. Louis MO.
  • Gray, Patrick (2014), The moral mirror: Shakespeare and Aristotle's theory of friendship, Greek Texts and the Early Modern Stage. Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, University of York.
  • Gray, Patrick (2014), Milton, "The Passion," and Passibility, Classical Philosophers in Seventeenth-Century English Thought. Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, University of York.
  • Gray, Patrick (2013), The problem of pity in Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus and Virgil's Aeneid, For the seminar, 'Shakespeare and Classical Mythology: European Perspectives,' led by Charlotte Coffin, Jane Kingsley-Smith, and Agnes Lafont European Shakespeare Research Association. Institut de Recherche sur la Renaissance, l'ge Classique et les Lumires, Montpellier, France.
  • Gray, Patrick (2013), Seneca's double-edged sword: Roman pragmatism in Erasmus's Praise of Folly and Montaigne's Essays, The Place of Renaissance Humanism in the History of Philosophy. University of Groningen.
  • Gray, Patrick (2013), "Eye to eye opposed": Shakespeare's "strange fellow", For the seminar, 'Greek Texts and the Early Modern Stage,' led by Tania Demetriou and Tanya Pollard Shakespeare Association of America. Toronto.
  • Gray, Patrick (2012), Constancy and pity in Shakespeare's Coriolanus and Virgil's Aeneid, Virgil and Renaissance Culture. Accademia Nazionale Virgiliana di Scienze Lettere e Arti, Mantua.
  • Gray, Patrick (2012), "Assays of bias": Hamlet, Montaigne, and Epicurean Ethics, For the seminar, 'Shakespeare and Renaissance Ethics,' led by Robert S. Miola Shakespeare Association of America. Boston MA.
  • Gray, Patrick (2008), Dialectical criticism: doubt as a "Middle Way" between New Criticism and Deconstruction, Challenging Faith: Intersections of Belief and Doubt in Literature. University of New Hampshire.

Supervision students