Winner of the Bainton Book Prize for the best recent work in Renaissance Studies.

Writing from History

A study of the Renaissance reception of classical historical models and their value as exemplars of prudent political and moral action. This book is a study both of the uses of history in the Renaissance, and of the intersection between historical thinking and the rise of modern literature. Studies of such authors as Machiavelli, Shakespeare, Montaigne, Tasso, Cervantes, and Erasmus. (Cornell University Press, 1990).

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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