Winner of the Scaglione Prize for the best book in French and Francophone Studies.

Literature and Nation in the Sixteenth Century: Inventing Renaissance France

A study of the problem of "national community" in early modern France. The book studies the intersection between debates about French identity and Christian identity and a series of literary encounters between the French and the non-French "Other" (Turks, Americans, Italians, etc.). The topic of community is understood as a problem of literary genre; crisis of community is depicted in literature through moments of generic breakdown or transformation. Detailed studies of works by, among others, Rabelais, Montaigne, Du Bellay, Marguerite de Navarre, and Corneille. (Cornell University Press, 2000).

"Here is a historian scrutinizing literature, drawing out linguistic transformations and distortions and explicating them via politics. It is a remarkable achievement, offering many excellent analyses of which perhaps the most compelling is Montaigne's retelling of the first encounter of Spaniards and Americans. . . This quality of reading and writing is found everywhere in Hampton's book."- Times Literary Supplement

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
Fiction/Translation
A translation of selections from the writings of the heretic, scientist and libertine Cyrano de Bergerac.
Literature/Philosophy of History

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