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Timothy Hampton

Timothy Hampton

Aldo Scaglione and Marie M. Burns Distinguished Professorship of French and Comparative Literature, and Director of the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities

  • Office Location: 4123 Dwinelle
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 2-4


Professor Hampton‚Äôs research interests include the relationship between literature and politics, the philosophy of history, and the transmission of culture in the Renaissance and early modern periods. He has written widely on literature in its many forms (epic, lyric, dramatic, novelistic) across several languages and national traditions. In addition to his work in French and Comparative Literature, he is past director of the Designated Emphasis in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies and the ‚ÄúDiplomacy and Culture‚ÄĚ study group. He is currently working on three projects: a history of cheerfulness, a book about Bob Dylan’s poetics, and a study of colonies before the rise of modern colonialism.

In 2014-15 Professor Hampton was a fellow at the Institut d’Etudes Avancées in Paris. In 2013 he was recognized with the Campus Distinguished Teaching Award.

Recent Publications include:

“The Slumber of War: ¬†Early Modern Tragedy and the Aesthetics of the Peace Treaty.” ¬†Early Modern Diplomacy: ¬†Theater and Soft Power¬†(London, Palgrave, 2017).

‚ÄúClose encounters: ‚ÄėMonstrous‚Äô Bodies and Literary Knowledge in Early Modern France.‚Ä̬†¬†Alter:¬†¬†European Journal of Disability Research, 2017, 16-25.

“Absolutely Modern: ¬†Dylan, Rimbaud, and Visionary Song.” ¬†Representations¬†132, Fall 2015.

‚ÄúVirgil in India:¬†¬†Epic, History and Military Tactics in the¬†Lusiads.‚Ä̬†¬†MLN, 213, 2015, 169-182.

‚ÄúTangled Generation:¬† Dylan, Kerouac, Petrarch and the Poetics of Escape.‚Ä̬†¬†Critical Inquiry, 39, (Summer 2013), 703-731.

‚ÄúDon Quixote as a Topographic Poet,‚ÄĚ Blog Post at¬†Arcade,¬†Stanford University Humanities Portal.

‚ÄúMichel de Montaigne, or Philosophy as Improvisation.‚Ä̬†¬†¬†Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, vol. 1, edited by George Lewis and Ben Piekut (Oxford:¬†¬†Oxford University Press, 2016), 227-239.

‚ÄúLa foi des trait√©s:¬† Baroque History, International Law, and the Politics of Reading in Corneille‚Äôs¬†Rodogune.‚Ä̬†¬†Yale French Studies, 124, (2013) 135-151

‚Äú‚ÄėComment a nom‚Äô‚ÄĚ:¬† Humanism and Literary Knowledge in Auerbach and Rabelais.‚Ä̬†¬†Representations, 118 (Summer 2012).

Fictions of Embassy: Literature and Diplomacy in Early Modern Europe (Cornell University Press, 2009).

Literature and Nation in the Sixteenth Century: Inventing Renaissance France (Cornell University Press, 2000).

Writing from History: The Rhetoric of Exemplarity in Renaissance Literature (Cornell University Press, 1990).