Events, Classes, and Current Activities

Office Hours.
Mondays, 2-4 and by appointment.
NB: Beginning in fall 2017 I will be the Director of the Doreen M. Townsend Center for the Humanities at Berkeley. You can contact me there.

Current teaching:
Fall 2017: Comparative Literature 20: "Shakespeare and the World."
MWF, 10:00, Kroeber 160

Recent Teaching:
Spring 2017: Comp Lit 215, The Baroque
Fall 2016: French 43: French Culture and the History of Emotion.
Spring 2016: Rabelais and His Friends: Humanism, the Humanities, and the Fate of Reading.
Fall 2015: Literature and the Age of Exploration
Fall 2013: Comparative Literature 24: Bob Dylan and Arthur Rimbaud: Poetry and the Senses
French 220: Renaissance Literature: Topics in Renaissance Literature: Travel and Writing.

Various Speaking Gigs.
September 2017: On Shakespeare's "Henry VIII and linguistic politics" at "Global Reformation" conference, University of Toronto.
May 2017: "Montaigne's Gaiety," UC Irvine French Department.
October 2016: "Ratification and Tragic Form," USC.
September 19, 2015: "Dylan's Visions of Vision," UC Berkeley English Department
June 6 2015: "Lyric Romanesque," talk at the "Atelier Franco/​Américain" Renaissance Workshop, Paris, Sorbonne.
May 2015: Lecture and workshop at University of Copenhagen.
March 2015: Renaissance Society of America, Berlin, speaking about "The Aesthetics of the Cease Fire."
February 2015: Discussion of recent work, University College, London, UK.
December 2014. "Riots and Courtly Love: Toward a Theory of Topology." Keynote address on Literature and Topology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
November 2014. "Unextinguishable Rabelais" conference, University of Paris, France.
August 2, 2014. "Textual Ambassadors" conference, Cambridge/​Oxford Universities, UK.
April 28, 2014, Francophone Studies Group, UC Berkeley, talking about "Colonies before colonialism."
April 4, 2014. "Rimbaud's Dylan: Lyric, Song, and the Problem of the Past," UC Irvine, Poetics Institute.
March 3-7, 2014. University of Colorado, Boulder, Cox Family Fellow; public lecture on "Public Space and Domestic Space in Early Modern Drama," and research seminar on "Early Modern Cheerfulness."
November 2013. Visit to University of Indiana, Bloomington.
August 2013. Workshop on Diplomacy and Culture, Oxford University, UK
April, 2013. Distinguished Teaching Award Ceremony, UC Berkeley.
April, 2013, RSA Meetings, San Diego, speaking on "Virgil in India."
March 1, 2013, Tulane University, New Orleans, speaking on Bob Dylan, Jack Kerouac, and Petrarch. Also, a seminar, "Colonies before Colonialism."
January 4, 2013, MLA Convention, Boston, speaking on "Montaigne's Gaiety."
December 4, 2012, "The Faith of Treaties," with a response by Peter Sahlins, "Diplomacy and Culture" Colloquium, Institute for International Studies, UC Berkeley.
November 14, 2012 Berkeley, "Seduction in Two Genres," at "The Proto-Novel" Conference.
November 8, 2012, Toulouse France, November 8, 2013, Keynote Speaker at "Diplomatic Fabrics."

Selected Works

In Progress
A list of forthcoming articles and of books I'm writing.
Recent Articles
Two studies of Dylan's poetics; one of his "visionary" work in the mid-1960s and the second of his uses of the prose of Jack Kerouac and the poetry of Petrarch in the elaboration of a new "post-1960s" poetics. Special focus on 1975's "Blood on the Tracks."
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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