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David Earle

David Earle

  • Position: Interim Dean
  • Department: College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Office Location: Building 53, Room 223
  • Campus: 850.474.2225


Dr. David M. Earle is the interim dean of the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities at the University of West Florida. He is a Professor of Modernist Literature and Print Culture in the English Department and has served as the chair of the Department of Art and Design. He has published extensively on popular publishing and modernist literature.

Earle’s interest in popular culture and book collecting led him to examine the history of mass circulation magazines, especially the pulp paper magazines of the 20th century. He utilized this research to write two books: “Recovering Modernism: Pulps, Paperbacks, and the Prejudice of Form,” explores how modernism was available to the public in popular forms, and “All Man!: Hemingway, 1950s, Men’s Magazines, and the Masculine Persona,” examines hyper-masculinity post-World War II through Ernest Hemingway and men’s magazines.

In 2010, Earle received national and international acclaim for his book on Hemingway and men’s magazines, including the Bronze Prize in Popular Culture from Foreword Reviews magazine, the Grand Prize in Literary Criticism from the Independent Book Publisher Association, and the Grand Prize in Popular Culture from the International Book Awards.

He is currently working on a history of the cocktail book and a collection of the flapper fiction of Dawn Powell.

Degrees & Institutions

He received a bachelor’s degree in English from Case Western University, a master’s degree in English literature from Cleveland State University and a doctorate degree in modern literature from the University of Miami, where he was editor of the James Joyce Literary Supplement.

Keywords: modern literature, American literature, pulp magazines, book history, Victorian Literature, 20th century mass literature