Patrick Vincent


Patrick Vincent has been professor of English and American literature at the University of Neuchâtel since 2004.  Originally from the Canton of Vaud in Switzerland, he grew up in Great Britain and the United States, where he received a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from Georgetown University and a Ph.D in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Davis. He has also taught at UC Davis and at the Universities of Fribourg and Lausanne. From 2011 to 2013, he served as dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and he was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley in 2013-14. He is president of the Association for the Study of Travel in Switzerland.
His research interests include the long Romantic period, from Rousseau to Ruskin (1750-1850); landscape aesthetics; travel literature; cultural exchanges between Great Britain, Europe and America; women's writing; cultural history of the Alps and mountaineering; literature and political theory, especially liberalism and republicanism; literature and environment; lyric theory; twentieth-century American poetry; and Irish literature.

Current reserarch projects include the Swiss National Science Foundation funded Swiss Guestbook Project, which aims to research and preserve extant historic guestbooks in Switzerland, and an edited collection of essays on the history of European Romantic literature, under contract with Cambridge University Press.

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