Joseph Michael Pucci
Associate Professor of Classics and in the Program in Medieval Studies and Associate Professor of Comparative Literature:
Classics, Comparative Literature
Phone: +1 401 863 2958
Phone 2: +1 401 863 1267
Joseph Pucci has research interests in late antiquity, late Latin, medieval Latin, and comparative literary history with a focus on literary allusion and poetic genres. He also has interests in biography as a literary form (and as practitioner) and in literature and the American presidency.
Joseph Pucci is Associate Professor of Classics and in the Program in Medieval Studies and Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Brown, where he teaches courses on classical and medieval Latin, versions of literary selfhood in late antique and early medieval literature, and the transition from the late antique to the medieval. He has published nearly 60 articles, book chapters, and book reviews on Latin literary culture, and is the author of Venantius Fortunatus: Poems To Friends, A Translation with Introduction and Commentary (Hackett, 2010); The Full-Knowing Reader: Allusion and the Power of the Reader in the Western Literary Tradition (Yale, 1998) and reviser of K. P. Harrington, Medieval Latin, Second Edition (Chicago, 1997). A new book, Recuperating Virgil: Reading the Ancients in Augustine's Confessions is now complete.
Interests: Late Antiquity; Late Latin; Medieval Latin; Comparative Literary History; Biography; Literature and the American Presidency
Books: Medieval Latin, Second Edition (Chicago, 1997); The Full-Knowing Reader: Allusion and the Power of the Reader in the Western Literary Tradition (1998); Venantius Fortunatus: Poems To Friends, A Translation with Introduction and Commentary (Hackett, 2010).
In Progress: a commentary on the poetry of Venantius Fortunatus; an interpretation of Ausonius' poetry; a translation of the poetry of Alcuin; a biography of Alcuin; a biography of James Buchanan.
Contributor (many articles and book reviews): Arethusa, Classica et Medievalia, Classical Bulletin, Classical Outlook, Classical Philology, Classical Review, Classical World, Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Journal of Medieval Latin, Latomus, New England Classical Journal, Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages, Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, Ramus, Speculum, Virgil Encylcopedia.
Awards: Karen T. Romer Award for Undergraduate Advising and Mentoring, 2004; John Rowe Workman Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Humanities (1996); Award for Outstanding Academic Advising (1998, 1999, 2001).
He is a comparative literary historian with interests especially in ancient and medieval Latin poetry, though he also works in prose (Augustine, Alcuin, Anselm, Abelard). He has investigated the phenomenon of allusion in Western tradition and has just completed an interpretation of Augustine's Confessions in the light of Augustine's readings of the classical auctores, entitled, Recuperating Virgil: Reading the Ancients in Augustine's Confessions. His translation of the personal poetry of Venantius Fortunatus was published in September, 2010 as Venantius Fortunatus: Poems to Friends, A Translation with Introduction and Commentary. He is currently writing a commentary on the poetry as well as assembling materials for an interpretive reading of the poems. In addition, he is finishing a comprehensive literary reading of the poetry of Ausonius.
- Karen T. Romer Award for Undergraduate Advising and Mentoring, Brown University, 2004
- Nominee, Book History Prize for The Full-Knowing Reader, Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publication (SHARP), 1999
- Award for Outstanding Academic Advising, Brown University, 1998, 1999, 2001
- John Rowe Workman Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Humanities, Brown University, 1996
Medieval Latin Association of North America
American Philological Association
Medieval Academy of America
Medieval Latin Studies Group
Classical Association of New England
Modern Language Association