Dr Paul Davis

Email: paul.davis@ucl.ac.uk
External phone: 020 7679 3125
Internal phone: 33125
Office: Foster Court 203

Education and Experience

Paul Davis took his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at Trinity College, Cambridge between 1987 and 1995. After a Junior Research Fellowship at Magdalene College, Cambridge, he arrived in the English department at UCL in 1997, where he is now a Reader.

He convenes the ‘Restoration and Eighteenth Century’ course, and teaches widely across the department's undergraduate provision, covering literature between 1520 and 1830. The topics of PhD theses he has supervised in recent years include 'The Politics of Drama, 1688-1702', 'Houses and Homes in Milton', 'Eighteenth-Century Editions of Spenser', 'The Reception of Greek Tragedy in England, 1660-1760', 'Ovid's Ars Amatoria in England, 1600-1750' and 'The Eighteenth-Century Reception of Milton's Poems (1645)'.

Within the department, Paul has served three periods in major administrative posts, twice as Admissions Tutor (2001-2, 2013-14) and once as Secretary then Chair of the Board of Examiners (2008-10). Outside the department, he has served as External Examiner in the BA and MA programmes in Comparative Literature at King's College London (2011-14) and is presently External Examiner for the MSt courses in 'English (1550-1700)' and 'English (1700-1830)' at Oxford. He has examined doctoral theses in the UK, France and Switzerland.

Paul reviews monograph and edition proposals for Oxford University Press and article submissions for academic journals including The Cambridge Classical Journal, Eighteenth-Century Life, The Library, Modern Philology, Restoration, and The Review of English Studies.

Research Interests

Paul’s research interests lie in four main fields: the literature and culture of the Restoration; classicism in England from the Civil War to the turn of the nineteenth century, especially poetic translation and imitation; manuscript verse culture in the seventeenth century, including attribution studies; and textual editing. His book Translation and the Poet’s Life: the Ethics of Translating in English Culture, 1646-1726 covered ground shared between the first two of those fields; but recently Paul has worked mostly in the last two, producing an edition of Rochester: Selected Poems and a series of journal articles and book chapters on scribal culture and the history of the book in the Restoration and eighteenth century.

Paul's major research project for the next few years is an edition of the non-journalistic writings of Joseph Addison in 3 volumes for Oxford University Press. Paul is the General Editor, and will edit the volume containing Addison's 'Poems and Translations', with the volume of 'Dramatic Works' being edited by David Francis Taylor (Warwick) and the 'Prose Works' by Henry Power (Exeter). The edition will begin publication, with Paul's volume, in 2019. That year marks the tercentenary of Addison's death, and Paul is also in discussion with OUP about an anniversary volume of 'Essays on Addison', for which he has assembled a team of sixteen distinguished scholars from the UK, the US, Canada and France.



Paul Davis Translation and the Poet's life

Translation and the Poet’s Life: The Ethics of Translating in English Culture, 1646-1726 (Oxford University Press, 2008), xi+324pp


Paul Davis Rochester

Rochester: Selected Poems (Oxford University Press, 2013), lvi+ 136pp

The Poems and Translations of Joseph Addison, forthcoming (Oxford University Press)

Journal Articles

'Recovering a Restoration Scribal Poet: The Life and Work of Robert Wolseley, with Notes on his Association with the Earl of Rochester', forthcoming, Huntington Library Quarterly 79 (2016)

'Joseph Addison's Forgotten Poetic Response to Paradise Lost: "Milton's Stile Imitated, in a Translation of a Story out of the Third Aeneid" (1704): an Edited Text, with Annotation and Commentary', Milton Quarterly 49 (2015), 243-74

'George Harbin and the Malet Family Manuscript of Rochester', Philological Quarterly 94 (2015), 95-120

'Popery and Publishing in the Restoration Crisis: A Whig Gentry Family's Credit Account with their London Bookseller, 1680-1683', The Library: Transactions of the Bibliographical Society, 7th series, 15 (2014), 261-91

'A Lucan Translation Controversy on the Eve of the Glorious Revolution', The Review of English Studies 65 (2014), 673-93

'An Unrecorded Collection of Restoration Scribal Verse, Including Three New Rochester Manuscripts', Discovering, Identifying and Editing Early Modern Manuscripts: English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700, 18 (2013), 139-72

'Catholic Dryden' (review essay on The Poems of John Dryden, ed. Paul Hammond and David Hopkins, vols 3 and 4 (Longman: Harlow, 2000)), Essays in Criticism 53 (2003), 174-84

'"But Slaves we are":  Dryden and Virgil, Translation and the "Giant Race"', Translation & Literature 10 (2001), 110-27

'Dryden at his Tercentenary' (review essay on Dryden: Tercentenary Essays, ed. Paul Hammond and David Hopkins (Oxford University Press, 2000)), Translation & Literature 10 (2001), 128-35

‘John Bunyan and Heavenly Conversation’, Essays in Criticism 50 (2000), 215-41

‘Dryden and the Consolations of Philosophy’, The Seventeenth Century 15 (2000), 217-43

'"Dogmatical" Dryden:  Translating the Georgics in the Age of Politeness', Translation & Literature 8 (1999), 28-53

‘Thomas Hobbes’s Translations of Homer: Epic and Anticlericalism in Late Seventeenth-Century England’, The Seventeenth Century 12 (1997), 231-55

Essays and Chapters in Books

'Marvell and Manuscript Culture', forthcoming in Martin Dzelzainis and Edward Holberton (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Andrew Marvell (Oxford University Press, 2017)

'From Script to Print: Marketing Rochester', in Matthew C. Augustine and Steven N. Zwicker (eds), Lord Rochester in the Restoration World (Cambridge University Press, 2015), pp. 40-57

'Latin Epic: Virgil, Lucan and Others', in David Hopkins and Charles Martindale (eds), The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature, vol. 3: 1660-1790 (Oxford University Press, 2012), pp. 133-63

‘Marvell and the Literary Past’, in Derek Hirst and Steven N. Zwicker (eds), The Cambridge Companion to Andrew Marvell (Cambridge University Press, 2011) pp. 25-44

‘After the Fire: Chaucer and Urban Poetics, 1666-1743’, in Chaucer and the City, ed. Ardis Butterfield (Boydell and Brewer: Woodbridge, 2006), pp. 177-92

‘Greek and Latin Didactic Poetry’, in David Hopkins and Stuart Gillespie (eds), The Oxford History of Literary Translation in English, vol. 3: 1660-1790 (Oxford University Press, 2005), pp. 191-203

‘Dryden and the Invention of Augustan Culture’, in The Cambridge Companion to John Dryden, ed. Steven N. Zwicker (Cambridge University Press, 2004), pp. 75-91