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Timothy Hampton is a writer, scholar, teacher, and translator based in Northern California. Raised in the Rockies, educated in New Mexico, Europe, Canada, and on the East Coast, he is primarily a scholar of the Romance Languages, and of the literature and culture of the Renaissance. His particular research interests include the relationship between literature and politics, the philosophy of history, and the transmission of culture. He has written widely on literature in its many forms (epic, lyric, dramatic, novelistic) across several languages and national traditions. Recently, he has been working on the history of emotion, on multilingualism, and on popular music. He is Professor of Comparative Literature and French at the University of California at Berkeley, where he chairs the French Department and holds the Aldo Scaglione and Marie M. Burns Distinguished Professorship.

Selected Works

In Progress
A list of forthcoming articles and of books I'm writing.
Recent Articles
A long article on poetry and song, with close analysis of Bob Dylan's relationship to beat prose and Petrarchan lyric.
Literary History/Political Theory
Literary Criticism/Diplomatic History
A translation of selections from the writings of the heretic, scientist and libertine Cyrano de Bergerac.
Literature/Philosophy of History

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