Sessional Lecturer

Photo of David Shakespeare.B.A. (Hons) University of Toronto
M.A. Wilfrid Laurier University
Ph.D. University of Waterloo



I lived most of my early life in Toronto but moved to the United Kingdom after completing my undergraduate degree. I worked across England and Wales to finance travels through Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. When I returned to Canada, I lived in Toronto, Halifax, and Jasper, Alberta before moving to Waterloo for graduate studies. I now live with my wife and two children in a small town outside Waterloo.
I taught at a private career college in Guelph, where I worked with adults with physical and learning disabilities, and since being at UWaterloo, I have worked as T.A., T.A. co-ordinator, and lecturer in various departments: English; Communication Arts; Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies at St. Jerome's; Arts First; and the School of Accounting and Finance.
I enjoy reading all sorts of fiction, watching film noir, coaching little league baseball, playing tabletop games, and camping.

Selected Publications

“Family, Marriage and the State in Romanticism’s Other Genres.” British Romanticism in European Perspective: Into the Eurozone. Eds. Steve Clark and Tristanne Connolly. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 155-73.

“‘The Sight of All These Things’: Sexual Vision and Obscurity in Blake’s Milton.Sexy Blake. Eds. Helen P. Bruder and Tristanne Connolly. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. 113-24.

Current Work

My doctoral dissertation, "Marriage and the Social Contract in British Romantic Literature," features analysis of writings by Paine, Burke, Wordsworth, Byron, Radcliffe, Lewis, and Austen. My primary academic interests include the discourses of domesticity, family, and romantic and sexual relationships, with secondary interests in the history of rhetoric and early modern English drama.
Recent courses I have taught for the department of English include
  • ARTS 130--Topic: Consent and Commitment
  • ENGL 309A--Rhetoric, Classical to Enlightenment
  • ENGL 362/THEPERF 386--Shakespeare 1

Teaching Areas for English

  • Comics and Popular Culture
  • History of Rhetoric
  • Composition
  • Early Modern Drama
  • 19th Century British Literature
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