Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Iberian and Latin American Cultures
Vincent Barletta is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Iberian and Latin American Cultures. He is a Research Associate at Stanford's Europe Center and associated faculty in the Center for African Studies, the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, the Mediterranean Studies Forum and the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies. He is also Executive Editor of the Journal of Lusophone Studies and ILAC Undergraduate Chair. His research and teaching focus primarily on medieval and early modern Iberian and Ibero-American literature, especially texts associated with the Portuguese empire; classical reception; comparative literature; literature and linguistic anthropology; literature and philosophy.
Professor Barletta is eager to work with graduate students interested in comparative approaches to early modern Iberian literature, especially when these foreground Portugal, Catalonia, Islam, Africa, and/or Brazil. He is also keen to work with students engaged in the reception of classical Greco-Roman literature and culture in the Iberian early modern period, anthropological approaches to language and culture, and/or explorations of rhythm (beyond meter and prosody).
As for his own research, Professor Barletta's forthcoming book, Rhythm: Form and Dispossession (University of Chicago Press), analyzes key philosophical and poetic theorizations of rhythm from ancient Greece to the modern era. Central to this book project are different poetic and philosophical accounts of flow (reô), form, mimesis, ethics, and subjectivity. If Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa is right in arguing that “rhythm corresponds to an intimate movement of the soul,” what is this correspondence, what is meant by movement (kinésis), and what is the status of the soul? This book addresses these and other questions over a period spanning two millennia and in texts written in over ten languages. Prof. Barletta is also working on a critical edition/translation of the Livro de Duarte Barbosa (c. 1516) along with a series of essays focused on seventeenth-century Brazil and the Portuguese empire in Africa.
PhD, Hispanic Languages and Literatures, UCLA
BA, English, Saint Mary's College of CA