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David Gay, BA, MA Queen's, PhD Alberta



English and Film Studies

About Me

I teach first-year courses, the history of reading, Shakespeare, Milton, the King James Bible and special topics in early modern literature at the graduate level. I am open to supervising students in early modern literature and topics in religion and literature.

I will be serving as President of the International John Bunyan Society from 2016-19, and co-organizing its 2019 conference "Networks of Dissent" with Dr. Sylvia Brown and Dr. Arlette Zinck (TKUC). The society hosts conferences and events focused on the literature and culture of early modern dissent and its legacies.


I am currently completing a book project: Gifts and Graces: Prayer, Poetry and Controversy from Andrewes to Bunyan.

 Some representative publications: “Bunyan in Prison: Writings from the 1660’s,” The Oxford Handbook of John Bunyan, ed. Michael Davies (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

""their sex not equal seemed": Gender, Sex, and Sexuality in Milton's Paradise Lost" in Critical Insights: Gender, Sex and Sexuality, ed. Margaret Sonser Breen (Salem Press, 2014).

Locating the Past / Discovering the Present: Comparative Perspectives on Religion, Culture and Marginality, ed. David Gay and Stephen Reimer (University of Alberta Press, 2010).

“Prayer and the Sacred Image: Milton, Jeremy Taylor and the Eikon Basilike, Milton Quarterly 46: 1 (2012), 1-14.

The Endless Kingdom: Milton’s Scriptural Society (Delaware UP, 2002).


I am currently teaching English 339: Shakespeare and English 102: Introduction to Critical Analysis. I will be teaching English 209: The History of Reading and English 426: Reforming Places in Early Modern Literature in Winter 2017.