David Hawkes was born and raised in South Wales, where he attended Stanwell Road Comprehensive School. After a few years drumming in punk rock bands, and living in squatters’ communes in Amsterdam and West Berlin, he won a scholarship to Oxford University, where his tutor was Terry Eagleton. He was then awarded a fellowship to study at Columbia University in New York City, where he worked with Edward Said. After a spell teaching at Lehigh University, he accepted a position in the English Department at Arizona State University. He now divides his time between Phoenix, Philadelphia, Tijuana, London and Istanbul.
Professor Hawkes’s academic specialty is the poetry of John Milton. However his publications span a huge variety of fields including Diego Maradona, sodomy, Darwinism, zombies, torture, Chomsky, magic, McCarthyism, Islam and Satan. The theme uniting all of his work is the impact of capital on the psyche, and especially the pernicious influence of usury. He reviews regularly for the Times Literary Supplement and his work has appeared in The Nation and In These Times as well as in academic venues like the Journal of the History of Ideas, English Literary History and Studies in English Literature. He is the author of five books: Idols of the Marketplace: Idolatry and Commodity Fetishism in English Literature, 1580-1680 (Palgrave), Ideology (Routledge), The Faust Myth: Religion and the Rise of Representation (Palgrave), John Milton: A Hero of Our Time (Counterpoint) and The Culture of Usury in Renaissance England (Palgrave) and he has edited Milton’s Paradise Lost and Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress for the Barnes and Noble Classics series. He is currently working on a book entitled The Death of the Soul.
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