Patrick Vincent

Patrick Vincent is Professor of English and American literature at the University of Neuchâtel, where he teaches courses on 19th-21st century literature and culture. Originally from the Canton of Vaud in Switzerland, he grew up in Great Britain and the United States. 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.
His research interests include the long Romantic period, from Rousseau to Ruskin (1750-1850); Anglo-Swiss relations; 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; literature and the environment; and twentieth-century American poetry.

He has published on a wide range of 18th, 19th, and 20th century British and American authors, among them Edward Gibbon, Helen Maria Williams, William Wordsworth, Lord Byron, the Shelleys, John Clare, Felicia Hemans, Letitia Landon, John Ruskin, James Fenimore Cooper, Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and Gary Snyder.  

His recent books include Romanticism, Republicanism, and the Swiss Myth (CUP 2023) and the Cambridge History of European Romantic Literature (CUP 2024). He is currently researching a monograph on the making of John Ruskin's Modern Painters IV, co-editing Dorothy and Mary Wordsworth's Continental Journals of 1820, and preparing a research project on the cultural history of Americans in the Alps.

Students interested in working on a Ph.D. in these or other related research topics should not hesitate to contact him. 

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