Vincent Barletta is a writer and an associate professor at Stanford University who teaches Comparative Literature and Iberian and Latin American Cultures. He is also an associate faculty member in the Center for African Studies, the Center for Latin American Studies, and the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies. He is also a research associate at the university's Europe Center.
Barletta's main areas of research and teaching are medieval and early modern Iberian literature, Iberian Islam, Portuguese literature, literature and linguistic anthropology, and literature and philosophy.
Barletta is the author of a number of books. Rhythm: Form and Dispossession is his most recent work (Chicago, 2020). The book talks about rhythm in three different time periods, from Ancient Greece to the present day. Covert Gestures, Crypto-Islamic Literature as Cultural Practice in Early Modern Spain (University of Minnesota, 2005) and Death in Babylon: Alexander the Great and the Iberian Empire in the Muslim Orient (University of Minnesota, 2007) are two other books (Chicago, 2010). In 2007, Covert Gestures won the La corónica book prize.
Vincent Barletta has also been a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow and won the Kay Philips Award for Outstanding Adult Ally, Youth Community Service for 2019-2020. He has also won a lot of grants for research and teaching.
In 2001, Vincent Barletta did post-doctoral work in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California at Los Angeles. In 1998, he got his Ph.D. in Spanish Languages and Literatures.
From 1989 to 1990, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco. There, he taught English as a Second Language to people who spoke Moroccan Arabic or French. He got a BA in English from St. Mary's College of California, where he got high marks.
Barletta has taught in the Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures and the Department of Comparative Literature at Stanford since 2007 and 2013 respectively. He has also taught classes at Stanford for the Department of Religious Studies, the Program in Jewish Studies, the Program in African Studies, and the Department of Art History.
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