David Kramer

David Kramer

Assistant Professor, Department of English
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences

Specialty:Renaissance; Drama; Shakespeare; Contemporary Novel; Origins of the Novel
Phone:(607) 274-1344
Office:322 Muller Center
Ithaca, NY 14850

For years my teaching and research was centered in the Restoration and Eighteenth Century, and my books (The Imperial Dryden: The Poetics of Appropriation in Seventeenth-Century England and France, [Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1994]; "Onely Victory in Him: The Imperial Dryden," in Literary Transmission and Authority: Dryden and Other Writers, [Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993]; and Fiction and Friction:  Sex, Text, and Envy in Dryden's Comic Drama) examine the ways English playwrights’ reading of French poetry and dramatic theory reflect and refract national modes of appropriation.   I also worked on and ran courses in the origins of the novel, and women writers of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century.


Yet after a Fulbright teaching American literature in Lima, Peru, my interests became more comparatist and less period-centered, and my teaching now ventures more widely across time, theme, and region. 

Recent courses include

  • “Sympathy for the Devil: Genesis to Rushdie”
  • “Displacement, Artifice, Eros: The Novels of Vladimir Nabokov”
  • “Ithaca: The Art of Place”
  • “Around the Day in Eighty Worlds: Magical Realism”
  • “Comic Novels of the Late Twentieth Century”

as well as single-author seminars on Milan Kundera, Don Delillo, and Laurence Sterne.  I also teach survey courses in Shakespeare, Dramatic Literature, Renaissance Literature, Enlightenment Literature, and introductions to the Short Story, Poetry, Fiction, and American Literature. 

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