David Quint

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Sterling Professor Emeritus of English, Professor of Comparative Literature

Ph.D., Yale University, 1976
B.A., Yale University, 1971

David Quint’s fields of study include classical and Renaissance heroic poetry and their influence on the epics of Milton and Spenser, Renaissance Drama, and the literature and legacy of humanism. He is the present chair of the Renaissance Studies Graduate Program, and he teaches courses that look at the relationship of the literature and art of the period to its intellectual, social, and political contexts. He is particularly interested in the larger cultural meanings vested in literary and generic forms. Quint is the author of Origin and Originality in Renaissance Literature (1983); Epic and Empire (1993); Montaigne and the Quality of Mercy (1998). He has translated The Stanze of Poliziano (1978) and Ariosto’s Cinque Canti (1996). He has published essays on Virgil, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, Bruni, Castiglione, Flaubert, and Cervantes. He is the co-editor of Renaissance Theory/ Renaissance Texts (1986).


Graduate: Introduction to Renaissance Studies; The Epic: Politics and Literary Form