Stetson University

Joel Davis

Associate Professor of English

Joel B. Davis was reared in Wyoming, does his research in some of the great libraries of the world (the Bodleian, the British Library, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Huntington Library), and spends his free time outdoors. Most recently he has published The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia and the Invention of English Literature with Palgrave Macmillan. His book brings vividly to life the variety, the quirkiness, and the behind-the-scenes conflicts at the center of the publishing business in Shakespeare's London, and it recovers for us the most important secular book of literature printed in English in the 16th century.


  • Ph.D., English, University of Oregon
  • M.A., English, University of Wyoming
  • B.A., English, University of Puget Sound

Course Topics

  • Women Writers of the Renaissance
  • Poetry and Poetics
  • Renaissance Literature
  • Vengeance and Paranoia
  • Reading Lyric
  • Introduction to Film
  • Writing and Rhetoric
  • College Writing
  • Does Civilization Make us Crazy?

Research Interests

  • The life and work of Philip Sidney, 16th century Elizabethan writer and poet

Selected Publications

  • The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia and the Invention of English Literature, (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).
  • "'Thus I restless rest in Spayne': Engaging Empire in the Poetry of Sir Thomas Wyatt and Garcilaso de la Vega," Studies in Philology 107.4 (2010): 493-519.
  • "Multiple Arcadias and the Literary Quarrel between the Countess of Pembroke and Fulke Greville." In Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke, Ashgate Critical Essays on Women Writers in England 1500-1700 series, vol. 2. Ed. Margaret P. Hannay. Ashgate: 2009, pp. 285-14. Reprinted from Studies in Philology 101 (2004): 401-429.
  • "Paulina's Paint and the Dialectic of Masculine Desire in the Metamorphoses, Pandosto, and The Winter's Tale." In Shakespearean Criticism. Ed. Michelle Lee. Vol. 101. Detroit: Gale, 2006. Literature Resource Center. Reprinted from Papers on Language and Literature 39 (2003): 115-143.

Joel Davis

Faculty Expert

  • Shakespeare
  • Elizabeth I (of England)
  • Mary I (of England)
  • Renaissance Literature and Culture
  • Poetry

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