David A. Brewer
David A. Brewer works on eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century literary, theatrical, and visual culture, plus the history of authorship and reading more generally. He is also fascinated by the methodological challenges of writing literary history. He is the author of The Afterlife of Character, 1726-1825 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005, as part of their Material Texts series), and the recipient of a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. His current book project, The Inhumanity of Authors (and why it's a good thing), investigates the uses to which authorial names were put in the eighteenth-century Anglophone world. His edition of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The Rivals and George Colman the Elder's Polly Honeycombe came out in 2012 from Broadview Press.
Last spring he served as the Lawrence Ruff Visiting Chair in Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of Dayton. In June 2014, Lynn Festa and he taught the Summer Seminar in the History of the Book at the American Antiquarian Society.
- Restoration/Eighteenth-Century British Literature Area
- PhD, University of California, Berkeley