Gerard Passannante

Associate Professor

Contact:
3232 Tawes Hall
301-405-9661
gpassann@umd.edu

Office Hours:
Monday/Wednesday 3:20-4:20

Biography

Gerard Passannante specializes in Renaissance literature and intellectual history. His first book, The Lucretian Renaissance, was awarded the 2014 Harry Levin Prize by the American Comparative Literature Association. The book argues that, long before it took on its familiar shape during the Scientific Revolution, the ancient philosophy of atoms and the void reemerged in the Renaissance as a story about reading and letters. He is currently at work on a second book project, Earthquakes of the Mind, a history of the disastrous imagination in literature and philosophy. His work has been generously supported by the American Academy in Rome, the National Humanities Center, and the Bogliasco Foundation. He will be on leave in AY 2014-15 at the New York Public Library's Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. 

Education

B.A. Yale, 2000; Ph.D. Princeton, 2007

Area Groups

Comparative Literature; Medieval and Renaissance

Recent Publications

The Lucretian Renaissance: Philology and the Afterlife of Tradition (Chicago, 2011)

"Reading for Pleasure: Disaster and Digression in the First Renaissance Commentary on Lucretius" (Dynamic Reading, Oxford, 2012).

"Homer Atomized: Francis Bacon and the Matter of Tradition," ELH 76.4: 1015-1047.

"The Art of Reading Earthquakes: On Harvey's Wit, Ramus's Method, and the Renaissance of Lucretius," Renaissance Quarterly 61.3: 792-832

Books

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Honors and Awards

Harry Levin Prize, American Comparative Literature Association, 2014

Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship, 2013

National Humanities Center fellowship, 2010-11 

Rome Prize, 2006-7

Porter Ogden Jacobus fellowship, Princeton University

Spring 2014

ENGL289I Acting Human: Shakespeare and the Drama of Identity
ENGL428Z Seminar in Language and Literature: Literature in the Age of the Scientific Revolution

Spring 2013

ENGL289I Acting Human: Shakespeare and the Drama of Identity
ENGL719D Seminar In Renaissance Literature. Earthquakes Of The Mind: Disaster And Imagination

Fall 2012

ENGL289I Acting Human: Shakespeare and the Drama of Identity
ENGL289I Acting Human: Shakespeare and the Drama of Identity

Spring 2012

ENGL289I Acting Human: Shakespeare and the Drama of Identity
ENGL788A Studies In Poetic Form. Mind Over Matter: Acts Of Knowing And The Actions Of Poetry

Fall 2011

ENGL289I Acting Human: Shakespeare and the Drama of Identity
ENGL404 Shakespeare: The Later Works