Periods: 17th and 18th centuries
Languages: French, English, Spanish, Latin, Italian
Research interests: History of Media, Magic, Literature and Ethics
Alexander Brock is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature specializing in early modern Western European literature, particularly French and English. He is interested in the history of media, early modern magic, the construction of the human individual, and issues of literature and ethics.
At Princeton he has taught French 101 and 102 and has been an assistant instructor for ENG 320 Shakespeare I. He also teaches in prison through the Princeton Prison Teaching Initiative.
He received his B.A. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and his Masters in French Literature from the École normale supérieure, writing theses on the reception of The Thousand and One Nights in 18th-century France and on magic and the theater in Shakespeare, Calderón, and Corneille. He is also proud to have worked as an assistant editor at Archipelago Books, a non-profit literary press devoted to literature in translation.