David Quint

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Sterling Professor of English and Professor of Comparative Literature

David Quint studies literature written in Italian, English, French, Latin, Spanish, and, every so often, literature in Portuguese and German.  At the graduate level, he offers courses on The European Epic Tradition, Ariosto and Cervantes, Milton, Montaigne, Aristocracy and Literature, Non-Shakespearean Drama, English Renaissance Lyric Poetry, Spenser.  He has regularly taught the core course of the interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies program, The Renaissance in Italy.  He is primarily interested in poetry, but has also taught and written about the novel, the essay, and drama.  His work has emphasizes how literary form and the internal history of genres can be related to historical change and evolving social formations.  He has directed dissertations whose subjects have ranged from classical antiquity to the twentieth century.  Books include: Epic and Empire (1993), Montaigne and the Quality of Mercy (1998), Cervantes’s Novel of Modern Times: A New Reading of Don Quijote (2003), Inside Paradise Lost (2014).