David Orsbon

Research Interests: 

Allegory and allegoresis; concepts of nature; the reception of the Classical literary and philosophical tradition; the intersection of science, philosophy, and literary criticism

Biography: 

David earned his B.A. in 2009 from Davidson College, where he majored in English (Honors) and Religion (High Honors). While at Davidson, he became interested in the history of allegory and allegorical interpretation, which remain the primary foci of his research and scholarship. In 2010, after working for a year in the North Carolina General Assembly, David matriculated to the M.A. program in The University of Chicago Divinity School, where he studied Classical and medieval literature and literary criticism, ancient philosophy and poetics, and medieval theology and hermeneutics. David entered the Ph.D. program in Comparative Literature at The University of Chicago in 2012, and began a joint Ph.D. in Classics in 2015. At present, David’s research focuses on the intersection of allegory, nature, philosophy, and scientific discourse.

Publications:

“The Universe as Book: Dante’s Commedia as an Imprint of the Divine Mind.” Dante Studies 132 (2014), 87-112.