Robert Barton

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Robert BartonRobert Barton's research focuses on the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, in particular literary modernism in the French and American novel, psychoanalysis, phenomenology, aesthetics, and the reception of Greek thought. His doctoral dissertation, Novels under the Influence, investigates novelistic treatments of drunkenness as an embodied mood or state in Henry James, Marcel Proust, and Jean Rhys, in the context of inherited Romantic and Classical theorizations of the artist as ecstatically intoxicated.

B.A. in Literature (Intensive, Cum Laude) from Yale University, 2011;

M.A. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University, 2014.

Languages: French, Italian, German, Ancient Greek.



"Stevens' 'The Figure of the Youth' as an Essay," Wallace Stevens Journal 40.2 (forthcoming Fall 2016)

Awards and Fellowships

PIIRS Summer Language Grant, 2013

Princeton Mary Cross Award, 2011

Yale French Dept. Scott Prize, 2011


English 206: Reading Fiction, Princeton University, Fall 2014 (two precepts)

Comparative Literature 306: The Modern European Novel, Princeton University, Fall 2015 (two precepts)


"Drunkenness as Solidarity in Romains' Les Copains," ACLA 2015 in Seattle

"'Literate Despair': Allusion and Geography in 'A Postcard from the Volcano,'" ACLA 2015 in Boston

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