Brenton Hobart

Assistant Professor

  • Department: Comparative Literature and English
  • Complementary Department(s): French Studies and Modern Languages
  • Office: 
    G-108
  • Office Hours: 
    By appointment

See Courses >>

Professor Hobart began teaching at The American University of Paris in 2008 while still working on doctoral degrees at both Harvard University and the Université Paris-Sorbonne. His thesis, L’Imaginaire de la peste dans la littérature française de la Renaissance, studies the literary representations of epidemics known as the plague in Renaissance France, exploring how French authors perpetuate the idea of the disease through their translations of classical, biblical and medieval texts, while intertwining imitation, personal experience and invention in their own writings. He is currently revising this work for publication.

At AUP, he teaches courses in the Department of Comparative Literature and English. He has also taught courses on English literature, French language and literature, translation, cultural studies, and American history and civilization, at institutions including the Université de Paris-Nanterre, the Université d’Orléans, the Université de Cergy-Pontoise, the Institut d’Études Politiques (Lille) and Harvard University.



Education/Degrees

  • Doctorat (2014), Littérature et civilisation françaises, Université Paris IV-Sorbonne
  • PhD (2012), Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
  • Ancien Pensionnaire (2008), École Normale Supérieure-Ulm
  • AM (2007), Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
  • DEA (2004), Littérature et civilisation françaises, Université Paris IV-Sorbonne
  • Maîtrise (2003), Lettres modernes, Université Paris IV-Sorbonne
  • Licence (2002), Lettres modernes, Université Paris IV-Sorbonne
  • BA (2000), English Literature, Arizona State University
  • BA (2000), French Literature, Arizona State University

Publications

Book Review
  • Françoise Lavocat (ed.), Pestes, Incendies, Naufrages. Écritures du désastre au dix-septième siècle, Turnhout (Belgique), Brepols, 2011: Revue Dix-septième siècle, 2015/2 (n° 267), Presses Universitaires de France (ISBN : 978-2130628842), http://www.cairn.info/revue.php?REVUE=dix-septieme-siecle.
Article
  •  “La ‘franchise’, ou le sens d’être français dans le discours De la servitude volontaire”, in Le Verger VII sur De la servitude volontaire d'Etienne de La Boétie, 2015, http://cornucopia16.com/.
Thesis
  • L’Imaginaire de la peste dans la littérature française de la Renaissance, Paris-Sorbonne, 2014 (Num. national de thèse: 2014PA040022) / Harvard, 2012 (Proquest, ISBN: 978-1267714732).
Encyclopaedia Entries
  •  Pierre Boaistuau (2013) and Ambroise Paré (2014), in Literary Encyclopediawww.LitEncyc.com.
Book Chapter
  •  “Authors Plagued: The Black Death in Works of Sixteenth-Century Writers Struck First Hand, Marot, Montaigne, D'Aubigné, Paré”, in Portrayals of Medicine, Physicians, Patients, and Illnesses in French Literature from the Middle Ages to the Present (p. 107-155), Ed. Lison Baselis-Bitoun and Ji-hyun Philippa Kim, Lewiston (New York), The Edwin Mellen Press, 2011.

Conferences & Lectures

  • “To Finish with the Plague: 1,000 pages on the French Renaissance Plague in 2,700 Words”, Sixteenth Century Society Conference, Milwaukee, WI, October 26-28, 2017.
  • “Translating Paradigms, Building the Plague: From Boccaccio’s Enfiature to Boccace’s Bosses,” Paradigm Shifts During the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance, Arizona Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 17th Annual Colloquium, Tempe, AZ, February 9-11, 2017.
  • “Reminiscences of Thucydides’ and Boccaccio’s Plagues in Rabelais’ Pantagruel”, Sixteenth Century Society Conference, Bruges, August 18-20, 2016.
  • “Michel de Nostredame, Nostradamus: Reader, Practitioner, Prophet and Writer of Plagues, and of Wars”, The Renaissance Society of America, Annual Conference, Boston, MA, March 31-April 2, 2016
  • “‘Une maladie monstrueuse’: Monstrous Attributes of Ambroise Paré’s Plague and Plague Victim”, The Renaissance Society of America, Annual Conference, Berlin, Mar. 26–28, 2015.
  • “The 'Malady' of Clément Marot: From the End of an Adolescence to the Start of the Renaissance”, French Autopathography, Queen's University Belfast, Nov. 21-22, 2014.
  • “Sixteenth-Century Violence in the Garden of Eden: the Discourse of Disease in Du Bartas’ Seconde semaine”, Sixteenth Century Society Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, Oct. 16-19, 2014.
  • "Montaigne’s Plague: An Event and a Literary Device", South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Conference, Durham North Carolina, November 9-11, 2012.
  • "Sir Philip Sidney: The Reflections of a Foreigner in Paris and the Influence of Paris in Arcadia", L'Étranger dans la Ville: International Colloquium organized by 'Identités et Cultures des Pays Anglophones', Université de Cergy-Pontoise, March 29-31, 2012.
  • "The Plague, the Devil and Ambroise Paré", The Renaissance Society of America, Annual Conference, Washington D.C., March 22-24, 2012.
  • "A Rotten Body: Corporal Putrefaction in Ambroise Paré’s Traicté de la Peste", Sixteenth Century Society & Conference, Fort Worth, Texas, October 27-30, 2011.
  • "The Performation of the Plague in Literature from Antiquity to the Renaissance: from Claude de Seyssel’s Thucydides to Nostradamus to Pierre Boaistuau", Performance and Theatricality in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 17th Annual Colloquium, Tempe, Arizona, February 10-12, 2011.
  • "Re-imagining the Plague in Early Modern Europe: Clément Marot and Agrippa d’Aubigné". Invited Lecture, American University of Paris, April 23, 2009.
  • "Habits et habitudes dans le théâtre du nouveau monde de la Renaissance". Invited Lecture (Frank Lestringant), Université Paris IV–Sorbonne, April 2008.
  • "La Naissance de la Violence: l’épopée biblique – Guillaume Salluste du Bartas, et John Milton". Invited Lecture (Frank Lestringant), Université Paris IV–Sorbonne, May 2007.

Affiliations

  • Renaissance Society of America
  • Sixteenth Century Society & Conference
  • Modern Language Association
  • Centre de Recherche sur la Littérature des Voyages
  • Association V.L. Saulnier

Research Areas

  • French, Italian, Spanish and English Renaissance literature
  • Medical humanities
  • Plagues and dis-eases
  • Mythical realities: the plague victim, the witch, kings and tyrants, race, beasts of the Old and New Worlds
  • Travel literature
  • The Bible as literature
  • Shakespeare
  • Translators and their objectives when translating
  • The renaissance of the Renaissance in literature of the 18th and 19th centuries
  • The Vietnam War