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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: 4218 Dwinelle
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 2 - 3, Thursdays 1 - 2, and by appointment.


Professor Hampton‚Äôs 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 Townsend Humanities Center at Berkeley, past director of the Designated Emphasis in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, and convener of the ‚ÄúDiplomacy and Culture‚ÄĚ study group. His newest book, “Bob Dylan:¬† How the Songs Work,” will be out in 2019 from Zone Books.¬† “The History of Cheerfulness,” another book project, is nearing completion.¬† A study of study of colonies before the rise of modern colonialism is also in the works.