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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
thampton@berkeley.edu
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4218 Dwinelle Hall
Online, Wednesdays 2-3 and by appointment

Research Areas

Professor Hampton’s research interests include the relationship between literature and politics, poetry and song, the history of emotion, the history of diplomacy, 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 Director of the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities at Berkeley, past director of the Designated Emphasis in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, and co-chair of the "Democracy, Free Speech, and Values" study group. He was recently awarded a grant by the France-Berkeley Fund and the Diebold Foundation for a 2022 project on the translation of poetry.  His most recent book, Bob Dylan:  How the Songs Work, was published in 2019 by Zone Books.  A new book, Cheerfulness:  A Literary and Cultural History, will be out in 2021.  A study of study of colonies before the rise of modern colonialism is also in the works.  He writes about literature, music, and education at www.timothyhampton.org.


Selected Publications

"Tangled Generation:  Dylan, Kerouac, Petrarch, and the Poetics of Escape"  Critical Inquiry, 39, 4 (2013).

"Virgil in India:  Epic, History, and Military Tactics in the Lusiads," MLN, 130 (2015).

"Montaigne's Gaiety,"  Montaigne Studies, 30 (2018).

"Bob Dylan in the Country:  Rock Domesticity and Pastoral Song," Representations, 152, Fall 2020.

"Sancho's Fortune:  Money and Narrative Truth in Don Quixote," MLN, Spring 2021.

 


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