David Dwan joined Hertford in 2014. Before this he held lectureships at Queen Mary (University of London), Queen’s University Belfast and the University of York.
At Hertford David teaches the first-year papers on literature from 1830 to 1910 and 1910 to the present, alongside FHS Paper 5. He also lectures in these areas for the English Faculty.
David contributes to the MSt on post-1900 literature and offers a course on the philosophical elements of modernism.
David’s research addresses the relationship between literature and intellectual history (particularly moral and political philosophy) from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century. He has a particular interest in Irish writing. His first book – The Great Community (Field Day, 2008) – examined the evolution of cultural nationalism in Ireland. W. B. Yeats was the central figure of the book, but he also considered some of his most important intellectual influences, from Edmund Burke to the Young Ireland movement of the 1840s. Since then David has co-edited (with Christopher Insole) The Cambridge Companion to Edmund Burke and published articles on a variety of figures from Rousseau to Woolf. His monograph Liberty, Equality and Humbug: Orwell’s Political Ideals was published by Oxford University Press in 2018.