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 currently president of the Association for the Study of Travel in Switzerland.
His research interests focus mainly on the long Romantic period, from Rousseau to Ruskin (1750-1850), and include: 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 republicanism; literature and environment; lyric theory; and twentieth-century American poetry.

He has published among others on Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Edward Gibbon, Germaine de Staël, the Duchess of Devonshire, William Wordsworth, Lord Byron, Helen Maria Williams, Charlotte Smith, Percy and Mary Shelley, John Clare, Letitia Landon, Felicia Hemans, John Ruskin, James Fenimore Cooper, Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and Gary Snyder.

He is currenty finishing aScreenshot 2018-11-15 at 18.49.49.png monograph on British political representations of Switzerland in the Romantic period, tentatively titled Romanticism, Republicanism, and Switzerland. Other 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.

Patrick Vincent's books include The Romantic Poetess. European Culture, Politics and Gender 1820-1840 (2004), American Poetry: Whitman to the Present (co-edited with Robert Rehder, 2006),  La Suisse vue par les écrivains de langue anglaise (2009), Chillon: A Literary Guide (2010), a scholarly edition of Helen Maria Williams, A Tour of Switzerland (with Florence Widmer-Schnyder, 2011), and an edited collection of essays entitled Romanticism, Rousseau, Switzerland: New Prospects (with Angela Esterhammer and Diane Piccitto, 2015).

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