Dr. Evan R. Davis

Dr. Evan DavisElliott Professor of English & Assistant Dean of the Faculty
Morton Hall, 115
(434) 223-6245


B.A. Williams College 1989;
M.A. Indiana University 1993;
Ph.D. Indiana University 1999

Recent Courses at Rare Book School in Charlottesville:: "Book Illustration Processes before 1900 (2013); "The History of Papermaking" (2012); Analytical Bibliography (2011); "Teaching the History of the Book" (2010);  “Introduction to Descriptive Bibliography" (2008); "“The Stationers’ Company" (2006); “Printing, Publishing, and Consuming Texts in Britain and Its Empire, 1770-1919" (2002)

Teaching Interests

The History of Authorship and Book History
The English Novel

Jonathan Swift

British Literature, especially 1700-1900

Religion and Literature

Most Recent Publications

Robinson Crusoe, ed. Broadview Press: 2010. (Modernized edition, 2014).
"Pope's Phantom Moore: Plagiarism and the Pseudonymous Imprint." Producing the Eighteenth-Century Book: Writers and Publishers in England, 1650-1800. Ed. Laura L. Runge and Pat Rogers. University of Delaware Press. 2010

"Philip Larkin: 'This Be the Verse.'" The Facts on File Companion to British Poetry, 1900 to the Present. New York: Facts on File, Ed. James Persoon and Robert R. Watson. 2009

"The Injured Lady, the Deluded Man, and the Infamous Creature: Swift and the 1707 Act of Union." Anglo-Irish Identities, 1571-1845. Ed. Jill Bradbury and David Valone. Bucknell University Press, 2008

"A Just and Authentic Relation: Solitude, Sodomy, and Print Culture in the Narrative of the Marooned Dutchman." The Eighteenth-Century: Theory and Interpretation. Summer 2004

"Teaching in the Space of Blackboard."  Co-authored with Sarah Hardy. Computers and Composition On-line. Spring 2003

Books in Progress

Eighteenth-Century Satire: An Anthology. Co-edited with Nicholas Nace. Under contract with Broadview Press.

Teaching Modern British and American Satire. Co-edited with Nicholas Nace. Under development with the Modern Language Association.

Honors & Awards

Mayers Fellowship, The Huntington Library, July 2014

Elliott Associate Professorship, 2008-2011

The Cabell Prize for Excellence in Teaching, 2011

The Bortz Award for Teaching with Technology, 2004


Clark Library/Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies Short-Term Fellowship, The William Andrews Clark Library, June 2005

American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies Fellowship, The Newberry Library, November 2004

Mayers Fellowship, The Huntington Library, May-July 2004

NEH Summer Seminar Fellowship. "Anglo-Irish Identities, 1600-1800." Directed by Christopher Fox. Notre Dame Keough Center for Irish Studies. June-July 2003

Indiana University Graduate School Dissertation Year Fellowship, 1997-1998


Mary Boodell
Ravenel Davis
Benjamin Davis