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Roland Greene

Roland Greene


Roland Greene is the Mark Pigott KBE Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences. He was educated at Brown University (A.B. 1979) and Princeton University (Ph.D. 1985). Before coming to Stanford in 2001, he was a member of the faculty at Harvard University and the University of Oregon.

As a scholar of early modern culture, especially the literatures of England, Latin Europe, and the transatlantic world, Greene is programmatically interested in gender as an important factor in the making of meaning. Many of the literary critics, historians, and anthropologists whose work formed his own methods were explicitly concerned with gender and sexuality. His book Five Words: Critical Semantics in the Age of Shakespeare and Cervantes (2013) absorbs these models into an approach based on recovering the changes that occur within a handful of everyday words. Greene's earlier books Unrequited Conquests: Love and Empire in the Colonial Americas (1999) and Post-Petrarchism: Origins and Innovations of the Western Lyric Sequence (1991) attend to issues of gender, political power, and poetic voice in their own ways.

His interests also include poetry and poetics; Latin American and Latina/o poetry, fiction, and criticism; and literary and cultural theory, especially lyric theory across cultures.

Further information about Roland Greene is available from his website.