Department of English and Comparative Literature
Deirdre David is Professor of English Emerita at Temple University. She has been a member of the faculty at Smith College, the University of Maryland, and Temple University. At Temple she was chair of the department for five years and, throughout her teaching career, has offered undergraduate and graduate classes in Victorian Literature, the History of the British Novel, Postcolonial Literature, and British Literature Since 1945.
Professor David is the author of Fictions of Resolution in Three Victorian Novels (1981), Intellectual Women and Victorian Patriarchy (1987), Rule Britannia: Women, Empire, and Victorian Writing (1995), and Fanny Kemble: A Performed Life (2007). She is also the editor of the Cambridge Companion to the Victorian Novel (2001) and co-editor (with Eileen Gillooly) of Contemporary Dickens (Ohio State University Press, 2009).
Professor David is currently at work on a biography of the British twentieth-century novelist Olivia Manning. She teaches every summer in the Bread Loaf School of English in Santa Fe and plans in the near future to offer a course in the Friends of the Heyman Center Colloquium under the rubric “The Country-House in British Literature.”