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Timothy Reiss

Professor Timothy J. Reiss took his BA (Hons.) degree in French with minors in Spanish and Latin at the University of Manchester in the UK in 1964, before completing his MA and PhD in French with a minor in Comparative Literature at the University of Illinois in 1968. He taught Romance Languages at Yale University before moving for many years to Comparative Literature at the Université de Montréal, where he was Chair of the Programme from 1976-1981. In 1983 he moved to Emory University in Atlanta and in 1987 to New York University as Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature, retiring in 2007, but staying on as Emeritus and Distinguished Scholar in Residence until 2012. He has held several fellowships, including a Guggenheim in 1990-91, been a Visiting Professor at various US and Canadian universities, and lectured widely there and in Europe. He is on the board of several journals, and was a member of the Royal Society of Canada until resigning recently for political reasons. He is the author of many books, most recently Knowledge, Discovery and Imagination in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge 1997), Against Autonomy: Global Dialectics of Cultural Exchange (Stanford 2002), Mirages of the Selfe: Patterns of Personhood in Ancient and Early Modern Europe (Stanford 2003). Several of his books have received awards. He is also editor of many collections, most recently: Music, Writing and Cultural Unity in the Caribbean (2005) and, as coeditor, most recently of Topographies of Race and Gender (2 vols, 2008-9). He has published some 150 essays or book chapters and is currently completing a book on Descartes and early modern politics and another on rethinking the Renaissance as a process of transoceanic exchanges, while editing a collection on “Ngugi and the American Imperium.” He last taught as a Visiting Professor at Stanford in 2014.