Timothy Hampton

Aldo Scaglione and Marie M. Burns Distinguished Professor of French and Comparative Literature



  • 4218 Dwinelle Hall

Timothy Hampton, Ph.D (Comparative Literature) Princeton University, holds cross appointments with the Departments of Comparative Literature and French. His work focuses on Early Modern Europe.

Among his interests are the relationship between literature and political theory, the critique of ideology, theories of history, the history of monsters, epic, romance, and lyric.  He is the author of several books, including, most recently, Fictions of Embassy:  Literature and Diplomacy in Early Modern Europe.  Current projects include a book on the history of cheerfulness and a study of style in Bob Dylan.  An essay on Dylan and Italian poetry, “Tangled Generation:  Dylan, Petrarch, Kerouac and the Poetics of Escape,” appeared in Critical Inquiry, summer 2013.


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