May 26, 2010: Second GEMS Lecture with Timothy Hampton

Timothy Hampton is Professor of French and holds the Bernie H. Williams Chair of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. He works on Renaissance and early modern European culture, in both English and the Romance languages. His research and teaching involve the relationship between politics and culture, and focus on such issues as the ideology of literary genre, the literary construction of nationhood, and the rhetoric of historiography. He is the author of Writing from History: The Rhetoric of Exemplarity in Renaissance Literature (Cornell UP, 1990), Literature and Nation in the Sixteenth Century: Inventing Renaissance France (Cornell UP, 2001) and Fictions of Embassy: Literature and Diplomacy in Early Modern Europe (Cornell UP, 2009).