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Timothy Hampton

Timothy Hampton

Department Chair, and holder of the Aldo Scaglione and Marie M. Burns Distinguished Professorship of French and Comparative Literature

  • Office Location: 4123 Dwinelle
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 2-4 and by appointment


Professor Hampton’s 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 currently directs 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 study of the history of cheerfulness, a collection of essays about diplomatic performance, and a book on Montaigne.

In 2014-15 Professor Hampton is on leave at the Institut d’Etudes Avanc√©es in Paris.¬†

Publications include:

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

“Don Quixote as a Topographic Poet,” Blog Post at Arcade, Stanford University Humanities Portal.

“La foi des trait√©s:¬† Baroque History, International Law, and the Politics of Reading in Corneille’s Rodogune.”¬† Yale French Studies, 124, 135-151,¬† Walter Benjamin’s Imaginary French Trauerspiel, edited by Katherine Ibbett and Hall Bjornstad.¬† New Haven: ¬†Yale University Press, 2013.

“Le paysan √©loquent:¬† S√©dition, D√©sordre et Dissidence.”¬† La Dissidence √† la Renaissance, edited by Nadine Kuperty-Tsur.¬† Paris:¬† Les Dossiers du GRIHL, “Expressions de la dissidence √† la Renaissance,” 2013, online.

‚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; winner of the Modern Language Association’s Scaglione Prize for the best book in French and Francophone Studies)

Writing from History: The Rhetoric of Exemplarity in Renaissance Literature (Cornell University Press, 1990; winner of the Bainton Book Prize for best work in Renaissance Studies)