Daniel De Paula Valentim Hutchins
Office: 312 B
Professor Hutchins specializes in the literature and culture of the early Atlantic World. His teaching and research program draws from colonial literatures in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese as well as the literature and culture of the early United States republic. Other research and teaching interests include literary theory, Border Studies, Native American Studies, 19th century American literature, Brazilian literature and contemporary speculative fiction.
Hallucinatory Empires: Troping Knowledge in the Early Atlantic World
Hallucinatory Empires is a comparative study of travel narratives produced by Europeans about the Americas in the earliest period of exploration and settlement. It treats three texts (an essay, a history, a report) produced by three early modern travelers: Michel de Montaigne's “Of Cannibals”; Jean de Léry's History of a Voyage to the Land of Brazil; and Thomas Harriot's A Brief and True Report of the Newfound Land of Virginia. These three texts are conjoined by three ways of producing, transmitting, and troping knowledge. Hallucinatory Empires argues that the recurrent tropes of modernity and globalization found in these texts must be analyzed not only for the ways they buttressed European claims of sovereignty and cultural and moral supremacy – but also as imaginative creations that served to question their own status as a priori knowledge. (currently under review)
Recent and Forthcoming Conference Presentations
- Slavery and Capitalism in Literature (panel co-creator and organizer). American Comparative Literature Association Conference, Harvard University, March 2016.
- “Public Performance and the Figure of Cato in the Early U.S. Republic.” Classics and Early American Literature and Culture. Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Portland, Or, November 2015.
- “Embodied Knowledge and Border Thinking from Michel de Montaigne to Walter Mignolo.”Prehistories of the Postcolonial. American Comparative Association Conference, New York University, March 2014.
- “On Roanoke and Troped Time: History, Prophecy, and the ‘Temporal Turn' in Thomas Harriot's A Brief and True Report of the Newfound Land of Virginia.” American Literature Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA, May 2013.
- “The Land that Bears Fruit Before Flowers: Prophecy, History and National Self fashioning in Joseph Smith's The Book of Mormon” C19 Conference, University of California, Berkeley, April 2012.