Professor David Hopkins

Senior Research Fellow, Emeritus Professor of English Literature


Main teaching and research interests

  • John Dryden
  • English Poetry and Literary Criticism, 1650-1780 (especially Cowley, Milton, Pope, Johnson)
  • Classical (especially Latin)/ English literary relations
  • Theory and practice of translation
  • Poets as critics
  • Literary editing

Chief publications

  • John Dryden (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986)
  • (edited) The Routledge Anthology of Poets on Poets: Poetic Responses to English Poetry from Chaucer to Yeats. (London: Routledge, 1994).
  • (edited, with Charles Martindale) Horace Made New : Horatian Influences on British Writing from the Renaissance to the Twentieth Century. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993).
  • (edited, with Tom Mason) Abraham Cowley: Selected Poems. (Manchester: Fyfield Books/Carcanet Press, 1994).
  • (edited) John Dryden: Selected Poems. (London: Dent/Everyman, 1998).
  • (edited) Ovid: Selected Poems. (London: Dent/Everyman, 1998).
  • (edited) Homer: Selected Verse from the 'Iliad' and the 'Odyssey', translated by Alexander Pope. (London: Dent/Everyman, 1999).
  • (edited, with Paul Hammond) John Dryden: Tercentenary Essays. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2000). Contributors: John Barnard, Jennifer Brady, Paul Hammond, Howard Erskine-Hill, Paulina Kewes, Harold Love, Nicholas von Maltzahn, Tom Mason, Cedric D. Reverand II, Adam Rounce, Robin Sowerby, James A. Winn, Steven Zwicker.
  • (edited, with Paul Hammond) The Poems of John Dryden, Volume Three: 1686-1693. Longman Annotated English Poets (Harlow: Longman/Pearson, 2000).
  • (edited, with Paul Hammond) The Poems of John Dryden, Volume Four: 1693-1696. Longman Annotated English Poets (Harlow: Longman/Pearson, 2000).
  • (edited, with Sandra Hopkins) Women in Love: Heroines in Verse. xii + 116pp. (London: Dent/Everyman, 2000).
  • Writers and the Work: John Dryden (Tavistock: Northcote House/British Council, 2004)
  • (edited, with Paul Hammond) The Poems of John Dryden, Volume 5: 1697-1700. Longman Annotated English Poets (Harlow: Longman/Pearson, 2005)
  • (edited, with Stuart Gillespie) The Oxford History of Literary Translation in English, vol. III: 1660-1790 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005)
  • (edited, with Paul Hammond) Dryden: Selected Poems. Longman Annotated English Poets (Harlow: Longman/Pearson, 2007)
  • (edited, with Stuart Gillespie) The Dryden/Tonson Miscellanies, 1684-1709: A Facsimile Edition with Introduction, Biographical Directory, and Reader's Guides, 6 vols (London: Routledge / Tokyo: Edition Synapse, 2007)
  • Conversing with Antiquity: English Poets and the Classics from Shakespeare to Pope (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010)
  • (edited, with Charles Martindale) The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature, Vol. 3, 1660 - 1790 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • Reading Paradise Lost (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013)

(ii) Selected articles and contributions to books:

  • 'Nature's Laws and Man's: The Story of Cinyras and Myrrha in Ovid and Dryden', Modern Language Review, 80 (1985), 786-801.
  • 'Dryden and Ovid's "Wit out of Season"', in Ovid Renewed: Ovidian Influences on Literature and Art from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century, ed. Charles Martindale (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988), pp.167-90, 276-9.
  • 'Dryden and the Tenth Satire of Juvenal', Translation and Literature, 4 (1995), 31-60.
  • '"Pre-Augustan" Lucretius: Lucy Hutchinson's De Rerum Natura', Arion, 3rd series, 5 (1998), 124-33.
  • 'Editing, Authenticity,and Translation: Re-Presenting Dryden's Poetry in 2000', in John Dryden: Tercentenary Essays (see above), pp. 330-57
  • 'Ovid' and 'Roman Satire and Epigram', in The Oxford Guide to Literature in English Translation, ed. Peter France (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000), pp. 519-23, 523-8.
  • 'Classical Translation and Imitation' and 'John Dryden, Fables', in A Companion to Literature from Milton to Blake, ed. David Womersley (Oxford: Blackwell, 2000), pp.76-93, 232-7.
  • 'Translation, Metempsychosis, and the Flux of Nature: "Of the Pythagorean Philosophy", in Dryden and the World of Neoclassicism, eds. Wolfgang Görtschacher and Holger Klein (Tübingen: Stauffenberg Verlag, 2001)
  • '"The English Homer": Shakespeare, Longinus, and English "Neo-Classicism",' in Shakespeare and The Classics, ed. Charles Martindale and A.B. Taylor (Cambridge: Cambridge Unviersity Press, 2004)
  • 'The Classical Inheritance', in A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry, ed. Christine Gerard (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006), pp. 458-72.
  • 'The English Voices of Lucretius: Lucy Hutchinson to John Mason Good', in The Cambridge Companion to Lucretius, eds. Stuart Gillespie and Philip Hardie (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), pp. 254-73.
  • 'On Anthologies', The Cambridge Quarterly, 37 (2008), 285-304
  • 'Milton and the Classics', in John Milton 1608-2008: Life, Work, and Reputation, eds. Paul Hammond and Blair Worden (Oxford: Oxford University Press for British Academy, 2010), pp. 23-41
  • 'John Dryden', in The Cambridge Companion to the English Poets, ed. Claude Rawson (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), pp. 194-212

(iii) Shorter articles, notes, and reviews:

  • Over 60 shorter articles and reviews in Notes and Queries, Times Literary Supplement, Cambridge Quarterly, The Use of English, Yearbook of English Studies, Modern Language Review, English, Review of English Studies, Translation and Literature


  • Associate Editor, with responsibility for 'English Translators, 1680-1790', on The New Dictionary of National Biography.
  • Member of Editorial Board, Translation and Literature
  • General Editor, Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature
  • Member of International Advisory Board, Classical Receptions Journal
  • Co-General Editor, Longman Annotated English Poets
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