1. Please provide a brief outline of your training and scientific activity.
I have been a professor of comparative literature for thirty-five years, since obtaining a Ph.D. at Princeton University. During this time I have held faculty positions at Harvard University, the University of Oregon, and (since 2001) at Stanford University. My research is concerned with the literature of the European Renaissance in the Romance- and English-speaking world, and with poetry and poetics from the sixteenth century to the present. I am the author of three monographs and the editor of several volumes.
2. Please state your reasons for choosing Venice and the Department for your research and teaching stay.
I was honored to receive an invitation to visit the University. In the past I have been a member of an advisory group for one of the Department's initiatives, a five-year project in linguistics and literature (Dipartimento di eccelenza, 2018-2022).
3. Have you ever had a research collaboration with the teaching staff of Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies in the past?
As I mention above, my only previous involvement with the teaching staff was my advisory role on a project.