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Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Iberian and Latin American Cultures
Pigott Hall 225
650 723 4921
Office Hours:On sabbatical, AY 2013-14
Vincent Barletta is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Iberian and Latin American Cultures, as well as a Research Associate at Stanford's Europe Center in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. During the 2013-14 academic year, he will be on sabbatical as a full-time faculty fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center. His research and teaching interests focus on Portuguese and Lusophone literature within a comparative framework; humanistic theories of rhythm and closeness; and pastoral literature from Ancient Greece to the present.
His current book project, Rhythm: Toward a Poetics of Patience, examines theories of rhythm from pre-Socratic Greece to the late twentieth century, focusing on the work of, for example, Aeschylus, Maurice Blanchot, Luís de Camões, Emmanuel Levinas, Henri Meschonnic, and Fernando Pessoa. His most recent book is Dreams of Waking: An Anthology of Iberian Lyric Poetry, 1400-1700 (U of Chicago P, 2013), co-edited and translated with Mark L. Bajus and Cici Malik. Before this, he authored Death in Babylon: Alexander the Great and Iberian Empire in the Muslim Orient (U of Chicago P, 2010). He is also the author of Covert Gestures: Crypto-Islamic Literature as Cultural Practice in Early Modern Spain (U of Minnesota P, 2005; Spanish ed., Zaragoza: Instituto de Estudios Islámicos y del Oriente Próximo, 2005) and editor/translator of Granadan Morisco Francisco Núñez Muley's A Memorandum for the President of the Royal Audiencia and Chancery Court of the City and Kingdom of Granada (U of Chicago P, 2007). He is currently guest-editing a special issue of ellipsis devoted to the Luso-Brazilian baroque and a special issue of the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies devoted to the theme of "closeness" and medieval Iberian literature. In recent years, he has also published research on writers such as João de Barros, Luís de Camões, Emmanuel Levinas, Ramon Llull, Fernão de Oliveira, Fernão Mendes Pinto, and António Vieira.
Before joining the Stanford faculty in 2007, Vincent Barletta taught at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He received his PhD in Hispanic Languages and Literatures at UCLA, after which he carried out two years of post-doctoral study within UCLA's Department of Anthropology/Center for Language, Interaction, and Culture.
1999-2001: Post-doctoral study, UCLA, Linguistic Anthropology
1998: Ph.D., UCLA, Hispanic Languages and Literatures
1989: BA with honors, Saint Mary's College of CA, English
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