Dr. David Adkins


  • PhD, University of Toronto
  • MA, Pennsylvania State University
  • BA, University of Central Arkansas

Research Interests

  • Classical and Renaissance Epic
  • Humanist Philology
  • Early Modern Theology

Publications, Presentations, or Scholarly Works

  • “The Relics of Hippolytus in Spenser’s Faerie Queene.” Co-authored with Jeff Espie. English Literary Renaissance (forthcoming).
  • “Raphael’s Homeric and Biblical Metamorphosis.” Milton Studies 62, no. 1 (2020), 78-106.
  • “Weeping for Eve: Dido in Paradise Lost and Humanist Commentary.” Studies in Philology 116, no. 1 (2019): 159-93.
  • “Spenser’s March and Sixteenth-Century Philology.” Spenser Studies 31, (2018), 271-89.
  • Review, Milton in Translation, ed. Angelica Duran, Islam Issa, and Jonathan R. Olson, Comparative Literature Studies 56, no. 3 (2019), 661-665.
  • Review, The English Aeneid: Translations of Virgil, 1555-1646, Sheldon Brammall, Review of English Studies 67, no. 279 (2016), 375-77.
  • “Raphael’s Homeric and Biblical Metamorphosis,” Canada Milton Seminar, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, Toronto, May 10-11, 2019.
  • “Colin’s Careful Hour: Virgilian Tragedy in the January Woodcut,” Renaissance Society of America, Chicago, March 31-April 1 2017.
  • “Spenser’s March and Sixteenth-Century Philology,” 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 12-15 2016.
  • “Sixteenth-Century French Humanism and Virgil’s Alexandrian Poetics,” Renaissance Society of America, Boston, March 31-April 2 2016.
  • “The Relics of Hippolytus: Reformations of Antiquity in Faerie Queene 1.v and Peristephanon 11,” Subversions of Classical Learning Conference, Aberdeen, January 15-17 2016.
  • “Spenser’s Epic Recusatio: Faerie Queene 1.xi-xii as Callimachan Aetion,” International Spenser Society, Dublin, June 18-20 2015.
  • “To Struggle Through Dark Ways: Wordsworth’s Spenserian Resolution,” Summer Wordsworth Conference, August 6-11 2011.

When I’m away from the classroom, I enjoy…

  • Studying dead languages
  • Reading theology/philosophy
  • Climbing
  • Hanging out with my wife and two boys

Favorite verses/quotations

οὐ μὲν γὰρ τοῦ γε κρεῖσσον καὶ ἄρειον,
ἢ ὅθ᾽ ὁμοφρονέοντε νοήμασιν οἶκον ἔχητον
ἀνὴρ ἠδὲ γυνή: πόλλ᾽ ἄλγεα δυσμενέεσσι,
χάρματα δ᾽ εὐμενέτῃσι, μάλιστα δέ τ᾽ ἔκλυον αὐτοί.

Od. 6.182-85

“For nothing is greater or better than this, than when a man and a woman dwell together sharing one heart and mind, a great grief to their foes and a joy to their friends, but they know it best themselves.”

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