David is a medievalist who looks forward to the early modern period; he works on English and Italian matters (and is a member of the Center for Italian Studies) with additional interests in French, German, women's writing, romance, "discovery" of the Americas and the history of slavery, and Europe.
Premodern Places: Calais to Surinam, Chaucer to Aphra Behn: http://books.google.com/books?id=KGcU4uSS0DcC
"Periodizing Women: Mary Ward (1585-1645) and the Premodern Canon," JMEMS 36.2.
The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Women's Writing (ed. with Carolyn Dinshaw, 2003).
The Cambridge History of Medieval English Literature (ed. 1999, 2002).
David is currently editing a literary history of Europe, 1348-1418, a work of 600,000 words in 82 chapters to be published by Oxford University Press and supported by the Guggenheim Foundation. This is organized not by 'national blocks' (English literature, Spanish literature, etc.) but rather by nine sequences of places, or itineraries. It assumes that the space of 'Europe' becomes intelligible only through dialogue with that which forms its 'outside,' or dialogues with it. This project has an interactive website.