P. Vincent

Monographs, Essay Collections, and Editions








Romanticism, Rousseau, Switzerland: New Prospects (ed. with Angela Esterhammer and Diane Piccitto). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

"Romantic Prospects.” A special issue of European Romantic Review (ed. with Angela Esterhammer and Diane Piccitto). Volume 24, number 3, May 2013.

Helen Maria Williams, A Tour in Switzerland  (ed. with Florence Widmer-Schnyder). Travaux sur la Suisse des Lumières: Textes Suisses du 18ème IV. Geneva: Slatkine, 2011. (read Introduction here)

Chillon: A Literary Guide . Ed. Patrick Vincent. Veytaux: Fondation du Château de Chillon, 2010.

La Suisse vue par les écrivains de langue anglaise . Collection "Le Savoir Suisse." Lausanne: Presses polytechniques et universitaires romandes, 2009.

American Poetry:  Walt Whitman to the Present (ed. with Robert Rehder). Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature 18. Tübingen: Gunter Narr, 2006.

The Romantic Poetess: European Culture, Politics and Gender, 1820-1840 . Hanover, New Hampshire: University Press of New England, 2004.

[Reviewed in: Nineteenth-Century Literature, vol. 60, n. 2 (September 2005): 247-250; Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, vol. 24, n. 2 (2005): 358-360; Colloquium Helveticum v.36 (2005): 343-346; Revue de littérature comparée, n. 321 (January 2007): 112-113; European Romantic Review, vol. 19, n. 5 (December 2008): 561-565]

Articles in books and journals


British Romantics Abroad. The Oxford Handbook of British Romanticism. Ed. David Duff. Oxford: Oxford UP.

Enchanted Ground? Rousseau, Republicanism, and Switzerland. Jean-Jacques Rousseau and British Romanticism. Ed. David Higgins and Russell Goulbourne. London: Bloomsbury.

In print (a number of these articles are also available on Academia.edu):

with Kevin James. The Guestbook as Historical Source. Journal of Tourism History, volume 8, issue 2 (2016): 147-166.

'Truth of Soul's Life' or 'Distorted Optics'? A Historiography of the Genevan Summer of 1816. The Keats-Shelley Review,  volume 30, issue 2 (2016): 122-141.

'Ces scènes sublimes et magnifiques': Voyage et esthétique du paysage dans Frankenstein. Frankenstein, créé des ténèbres. Ed. David Spurr et Nicolas Ducimetière. Paris: Hachette, 2016. 51-55.

Europe's Discourse of Britain. The Oxford Handbook of European Romanticism. Ed. Paul Hamilton. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2016. 807-824.

with Katarina Michalkiewicz. Victorians in the Alps: A Case Study of Zermatt's Hotel Guest Books and Registers. Britain and the Narration of Travel in the Nineteenth Century: Texts, Images, Objects. Ed. Kate Hill. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2016. 75-90.

The Moral of Landscape: John Ruskin and John Muir in the Swiss Alps. Literature, Ethics, Morality: American Studies Perspectives. Ed. Ridvan Askin and Philipp Schweighauser. SPELL 32. Tübingen: Narr, 2015. 53-71.

Remembering the Mules: Eighteenth-Century British Women Travellers in the Alps. Les voyageuses britanniques au xviiie siècle: l'étape lyonnaise dans l'itinéraire du Grand Tour. Ed. Isabelle Baudino. Paris: L'Harmattan, 2015. 205-222.

Visionary Prospects: Virtual Representations of Switzerland and Wordsworth's Lake District. Romanticism, Rousseau, Switzerland: New Prospects. Ed. Angela Esterhammer, Diane Piccitto, and Patrick Vincent. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 138-150.

with Diane Piccitto and Angela Esterhammer. Introduction. Romanticism, Rousseau, Switzerland: New Prospects. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 1-20.

with Florence Widmer. Introduction. Helen Maria Williams. A Tour in Switzerland. Geneva: Slatkine, 2011. 1-50. 

“La Campagne de Soressex: Un Jardin Anglais à l’épreuve du tourisme romantique,” in Territoires. Catalogue de la 11ème exposition Bex et Arts, ed. Noémie Entz, Pascal Haüsermann et Jessica Schupbach. Lausanne: Arts et Fictions, 2011. 205-217.

A United Irishman in the Alps: William James MacNevin's A Ramble Through Swisserland, in Ireland and Romanticism: Publics, Nations and Scenes of Cultural Production, ed. Jim Kelly, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan,  2011: 94-108.

Highway 99, or Gary Snyder's Romance with Place, in Michel Granger, ed. Lieux d'Amériques, Lyon: Presses universitaires de Lyon, 2010: 187-200.

Sleep or Death? Republicanism in The Convention of Cintra, in Wordsworth, William, Concerning the Convention of Cintra. A Critical Edition, eds. Richard Gravil and W.J.B. Owen, Tirril: Humanities Ebooks, 2009: 53-62.

Monuments and Memorials: Byron and Wordsworth in post-Napoleonic Switzerland, in Moment to Monument: The Making and Unmaking of Cultural Significance, eds. Ladina Bezzola Lambert and Andrea Ochsner, Bielefeld: Transcript, 2009: 71-82.

Europe's Shifting Topographies: Switzerland and Italy in the Romantic Age, Colloquium Helveticum, 39 (2008): 236-256.

Comparative Landscapes: The Alps vs. the Lake District in Wordsworth's Prose and Poetry, Colloquium Helveticum, 38 (2007): 321-340.

Rousseau, Thoreau and the Aesthetics of Romantic Taxonomy, in American Aesthetics, ed. Deborah Madsen (SPELL 20), Tübingen: Gunter Narr, 2007. 97-108.

"This Wretched Mockery of Justice": Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Geneva, European Romantic Review, 18, n. 5 (December 2007): 645-661.

Reprinted as: "This Wretched Mockery of Justice: British Travellers, Genevan Criminal Procedure, and the case of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein", in Genève, lieu d'Angleterre 1725-1814 / Geneva, an English Enclave 1725-1814, eds. Valéry Cossy, Béla Kapossy and Richard Whatmore, Geneva: Slatkine, 2009. 327-348.

The Professor and the Fox: Henry David Thoreau, Louis Agassiz and the Two Cultures, in Cultures in Contact, ed. Balz Engler and Lucia Michalcak (SPELL 19), Tübingen: Gunter Narr, 2007. 97-110.

La révolution au Pays de Vaud vue par deux voyageurs anglais, Helen Maria Williams et William James MacNevin, Revue Historique Vaudoise, n. 114/2006: 49-56.

A Continent of Corinnes: The Romantic Poetess and the Diffusion of Liberal Culture in Europe, 1815-1850, in A Companion to European Romanticism, ed. Michael Ferber, Oxford: Blackwell, 2005. 486-505.

Beachy Head: Charlotte Smith's All-Encompassing View, in From Wordsworth to Stevens: Essays in Honour of Robert Rehder, ed. Anthony Mortimer,  Bern: Peter Lang, 2005. 106-121.

"Switzerland No More": Turner, Wordsworth and the Changed Landcape of Revolution, in The Space of English, ed. David Spurr and Cornelia Tschichold (SPELL 17), Tübingen:  Gunter Narr, 2005. 135-151.

Lucretia Davidson in Europe: Female Elegy, Literary Transmission and the Figure of the Romantic Poetess , in The Transatlantic Poetess , ed. Laura Mandell, a special edition of Romanticism on the Net, vol. 29-30 (February 2003).

Natural Arabesques: James Fenimore Cooper's Republican Ideal on the Léman, in Representing Realities: Essays in American Literature, the Arts and Culture, ed. Beverly Maeder, Tübingen: Gunter Narr, 2003. 37-50.

William Wordsworth's The Prelude, in British Writers: Classics, Volume 1, ed. Jay Parini, New York: Charles Scribner's, 2002. 253-272.

Elegiac Muses: Romantic Women Poets and the Elegy, in Romantic Poetry, ed. Angela Esterhammer (Comparative History of Literatures in European Languages), Amsterdam: John Benjamin, 2002. 197-221.

Reviews, Short Articles and Translations

On this Day in 1816: 18 July, apocalypse, and Byron's 'Darkness,' BARS blog, posted 18 July 2016

Une décevante escale de John Ruskin à Neuchâtel,  in Le Pays de Neuchâtel racontée en 52 objets, ed. Olivier Christin, Lausanne: Belvédère, 2014. 28-29.

Review of Readers, Writers, Salonnières: Female Networks in Europe, 1700-1900, edited by Hilary Brown and Gilian Dow, The Life of Madame Necker, by Sonja Boon, and British Literary Salons of the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries, by Susanne Schmid. European Romantic Review. 25, 1 (January 2014): 86-94.

Vincent, Patrick, Angela Esterhammer and Diane Piccitto. “Introduction: Romantic Prospects.” European Romantic Review. Volume 24, number 3 (May 2013): 251-254.

Review of Hsuan Hsu, Geography and the Production of Space in Nineteenth Century American Literature, Cambridge UP, 2010, in Review 19 .

Review of Paul H. Fry, Wordsworth and the Poetry of What We Are, New Haven: Yale UP, 2008, European Journal of English Studies, vol. 13, 3 (December 2009). 351-353.

Translations of poems by Marceline Desbordes-Valmore and Karolina Pavlova in European Romantic Poetry, ed. Michael Ferber, New York: Pearson Longman, 2005. 168-172, 436-439.

Review of Mary Shelley's Fictions: From 'Frankenstein' to 'Falkner,' ed. Michael Eberle-Sinatra, in Studies in Romanticism (Winter 2003). 591-595.

Un projet de réédition : A Tour in Switzerland de Hélène Maria Williams, in Bulletin de l'Association Culturelle pour le Voyage en Suisse (June 2003).6-12.

Wordsworth's Route over the Simplon in 1790: A Reconstruction, co-authored with Roger Meyenberg, in Romantic Circles (Winter 2001)

Et in Arcadia ego? La Suisse et le romantisme anglais, in Bulletin de l'Association Culturelle pour le Voyage en Suisse (April 2001). 15-17.

Review of Toby Benis, Romanticism on the Road: The Marginal Gains of Wordsworth's Homeless, in Romanticism On the Net 22 (May 2001)

Review of Ashton Nichols, The Revolutionary Wordsworth and Yu Liu, Poetics and Politics: The Revolutions of Wordsworth , in Romanticism On the Net 19 (August 2000)

Review of Monika Greenleaf, Pushkin and Romantic Fashion, in European Romantic Review, vol 9, n 3 (Summer 1998). 444-448.

Review of Kirk Robertson, Just Past Labor Day. In Western American Literature, vol.xxxii, no 4 (February 1998). 400-401.

Review of Jim Harrison, After Ikkyu. In Western American Literature, vol.xxxii, no 2, (August 1997). 183.

Review of D.J. Smith, Prayers for the Dead Ventriloquist. In Western American Literature, vol. xxxi, no 3 (November 1996). 272-273.

Conference and Workshop Organization

Organizer, Roundtable panel on Byron and Romanticism, Chillon Castle, 23 May 2016

Organizer, CUSO doctoral student workshop on "Relations between England and Europe in the Long Eighteenth Century," Le Pontet, Colombier, 26 february 2016. 17 participants. Guest speakers: Valéry Cossy, Allen Reddick, and Paul Hamilton.

Organizer, Swiss Guestbook Project Research Day, University of Neuchâtel, 4 September 2015. 14 participants. Guest speaker: Kevin James.

Co-organizer, with Angela Esterhammer, of “Romantic Prospects,” 20th Annual North American Association for the Study of Romanticism Conference, University of Neuchâtel, 15-19 August 2012. 250 participants. Guest speakers: John Barrell, Robert Darnton, and Kate Flint.

Organizer, CUSO doctoral student workshop on “Genealogies of Modern Literary Theory,” Sils-Maria, 31 August - 3 September 2009. 25 participants. Guest speakers: Peter de Bolla, David Simpson, and Simon Swift.

Co-organizer of “Writing American Women: text, gender, performance.” Swiss Association of North American Studies Conference. Crêt-Bérard. 14-16 November 2008. 50 participants. Guest speakers: Mary Loeffelholz and Heidi Macpherson.

Work in Progress

Mountain Liberty: Republicanism, Romanticism, and Switzerland (monograph project)

William Coxe, Travels in Switzerland (editorial project)

Swiss Guestbook Project (digital humanities project)

Comparative Landscapes (monograph project)

Research supervision

Anindita Basu Sempere, Poetics and Place: Mediating Deep Engagement with New Places in Twentieth Century American Literature. 2016-

Anne-Claire Michoux, Romantic Fiction, Simplicity, and the Formation of the British Nation. 2014-

Markus Iseli, The New Romantic Unconscious: Thomas de Quincey and Cognitive Science. Co-directed with Robert Morrison, Queens University. Defended 28 January 2014. Published with Palgrave Macmillan in 2015.

Research Grants

CRUS SCIEX Project 10.062: Mountains' relations to the development of national identities. 2010-2012.

Swiss National Fund for Science Project 117843: Revolutionary-Era British Travellers in Switzerland (1779-1803): Editing Three Major Texts. 2008-2010.

Conference papers and Guest Lectures

Roundtables on Byron and tourism, Byron and literary fame, and Byron and Stäel, Festival du livre romantique, Chillon Castle, 3 June 2016

Byron et les Shelley en Suisse: L' "été hanté" de 1816, U3A conference series, Couvet and Neuchâtel, 17 February and 8 April 2016.

Teaching the Geneva Summer of 1816: Between Reality and Romance, guest lecture, Swiss Association of Teachers of English CALP plus, University of Berne, 20 January 2016

Swiss Happiness, Then and Now, guest lecture, Switzerland in Dialogue 8, Alliance Française, Glasgow, 6 November 2015.

La Suisse, ou la liberté virtuelle dans l'oeuvre de William Wordsworth, Le paysage spectacle: la Suisse au regard du tourisme, 1750-2015, Université de Lausanne, 24 April 2015

Re-Moralized Landscape: John Muir in Switzerland, SANAS biennial conference, University of Basle, 21 November 2014.

Remembering the Mules: Les voyageuses britanniques dans les Alpes, plenary lecture, Colloque sur les femmes-voyageuses à Lyon au XVIIIème siècle, guest lecture, Ecole normale supérieure de Lyon, 5 April 2013.

An ‘Almost Visionary Mountain Republic:’ Relief-Models of Switzerland and Wordsworth’s Lake District, Workshop on Romanticism and Performance, Castasegna (Graubünden), 2 September 2011.

Something of a mountain-independence: Helen Maria Williams in Switzerland, 19th annual NASSR conference, Park City, 14 August 2011

Switzerland No More: 1798 and the Romantic Imagination, guest lecture, University of Zurich, 4 October 2010

Reynolds and Wordsworth, International Colloquium on Sir Joshua Reynolds: What's New?, University of Lausanne, 17 September 2010

Republican Travel Writing and the Politics of Translation, 18th annual North American Society for the Study of Romanticism Conference, Vancouver, 19 August 2010

Extreme Alpinists, from Childe Harold to Gary Hemming, plenary talk, Hemingway's Extreme Geographies Conference, University of Lausanne, 28 July 2010

A United Irishman in the Alps: William James MacNevin's A Ramble Through Swisserland, Irish Studies Symposium, University of Lausanne, 4 June 2010

Chillon Castle in English Literature, a talk and reading with Ayça Dursen and Jean-Joël Février, Chillon Castle, 25 May 2010

Byron et le chant des Alpes, avec Jean-Pierre Amann, Médiathèque de Sion, 9 février 2010

Revising Republicanism: Metamorphoses of Liberty in Revolutionary-era Swiss Travel Narratives, "Republican Exchanges c. 1550-1850" conference, Newcastle University, 17 July 2009

Europe's Shifting Topographies: Switzerland and Italy in the Romantic Age, Swiss Association of Comparative Literature Annual Conference, Château de Coppet, 19 September 2008

Sleep or Death? Wordsworth, Switzerland and Republican Theory, 37th Wordsworth Summer Conference, Grasmere, 8 August 2008

"That Bright Dream of Commonwealths": Swiss versus Italian Republicanism in Wordsworth, NASSR/CISR joint conference on "(Trans)national Identities-Reimagining Communities", University of Bologna, 15 March 2008

Lettres de ton vieux cousin: correspondance G.Roud-P. Coigny, guest lecture, Association des amis de Gustave Roud, Carrouge, 10 November 2007

Wordsworth's Discordant Voices: Liberty vs. Independence in the 1806 Subjugation Sonnet, 2007 BARS/NASSR Conference, University of Bristol, 29 July 2007

Monuments and Memorials: Byron and Wordsworth in Post-Napoleonic Switzerland, Moment to Monument Conference, University of Basle, 1 June 2007

Comparative Landscapes: The Alps contra the Lake District in Wordsworth's Prose and Poetry, SGAVL workgroup on landcape, University of Basle, 20 January 2007

Thoreau, Rousseau and the Aesthetics of Romantic Taxonomy, Swiss Association for North American Studies Conference, University of Geneva, 10 November 2006

De la science à la littérature: Louis Agassiz, Henry David Thoreau et l'Amérique, inaugural lecture, Université de Neuchâtel, 22 March 2006.

Un Continent de Corinnes: la poétesse romantique en Europe, 1815-1850, guest lecture, Atelier féminin-masculin, University of Geneva, 16 November 2005.

La Grande Bretagne et la Révolution en Suisse: l'exemple d'Hélène Maria Williams et de William MacNevin, guest lecture, History Department, University of Lausanne, 31 October 2005.

The Professor and the Fox, or a Tale of Two Cultures, Swiss Association of University Teachers of English Conference, University of Basle, April 2005.

Highway 99: Gary Snyder's Romance with Place, Colloque sur la notion d'espace dans la littérature américaine, Université Lumière-Lyon 2, 15 October 2004.

Switzerland in Miniature: Wordsworth, Landscape and the Spirit of Place, 12th Annual North American Society for the Study of Romanticism Conference, University of Colorado, 10 September 2004.

Samuel Egerton Brydges' The Lake of Geneva, ou l'échec romantique, guest lecture, Société des Arts de Genève, 22 January 2004.

Between Artefact and Souvenir: Byron, Shelley and the Romantic Truth of History, Keats-Shelley Association Panel on Romantic Historicism, MLA Conference 2003, San Diego, California, 27 December 2003.

Switzerland No More: Wordsworth and the Changed Landscape of Revolution, Swiss Association of University Teachers of English Conference, University of Neuchâtel, 23 May 2003.

Natural Arabesques: James Fenimore Cooper on the Léman, Swiss Association of North American Studies Conference, University of Lausanne, 22 November 2002.

This Wretched Mockery of Justice: British Travelers, Genevan Criminal Procedure and the Case of Frankenstein, Geneva, an English Enclave, 1725-1814, University of Geneva, 3 November 2001.

Altogether Foreign Monsters? Poetesses and the Transnational Trade in Sentiment, Romantic Nationalisms 1750-1850, University of Surrey Roehampton, 29 June 2001.

Lucretia Davidson and the Contagion of Genius, Swiss Third Cycle Conference on"Writing and Disease," Crêt-Bérard, Switzerland, 10 May 2001.

What the Mountain Should have Said: Politics, Glaciology and Shelley's 'Mont Blanc', North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Arizona State University, 15 September 2000.

Burying Sappho: Female Chattertons and the Pleasures of Mourning,  6th American Conference on Romanticism, University of Indiana, November 1999.

Translation as Tactic of Female Authorship: Karolina Pavlova, 5th American Conference on Romanticism, UC Santa Barbara, 17 October 1998.

'Night Highway 99' Revisited: The Origins of Gary Snyder's Mountains and Rivers Without End, Second Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Conference, University of Montana, Missoula, July 1997.

'Lost Between Heaven and Earth': Buddhist and Beat Origins of Gary Snyder's 'Night Highway Ninety-Nine', 31st Western Literature Association Conference, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, November 1996.

Lessons from Raven: Postmodern Bioregionalism in Gary Snyder's North Pacific Lands and Waters, 30th Western Literature Association Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, November 1995.

Exhibits and Public Outreach

Scientific expert (commissaire scientifique), "Byron is Back! Byron le retour!", Chillon Castle, 29 April-21 August 2016

Board member, Fondation Kinderman, in charge of the safeguard and promotion of the Salon Madame de Charrière, Le Pontet, Colombier. Since 2012.

Media Appearances

L'Express, 31 August 2016: "La troublante campagne estivale de Donald Trump"

Swissinfo, 26 May 2016: "Following in Lord Byron's Swiss Footsteps"

La Télé, 3 May 2016: "Byron, le retour"

Radio Chablais, Le Club de l'Info, 29 April 2016: "Le château de Chillon rend hommage à Lord Byron"

L'Express, 21 April 2016: "Donald Trump, le Frankenstein Postmoderne"

L'Express, 12 February 2016: "La Suisse ou l'Histoire d'un peuple peureux?"

L'Express, 2 September 2015: "Chagaev, Blocher, et nous"

L'Express, 3 July 2015: "Le 'Peuple,' entre réalité et exploitation politique"

L'Express, 21 November 2014: "Modèle Suisse ou Suisse modèle?"

Le Temps, 20 February 2014: Cher Monsieur Blocher...

L’Express, 4 September 2012: “un Neuchâtelois sur les traces helvétiques de Charles Dickens”

New York Times, 6 July 2012: “On the Trail of Dickens in Switzerland”

Le Temps, 15 août 2011: “Seul à Chillon avec la troublante Daisy Miller“

Le Temps, 3 Mars 2011:  "WikiLeaks version 1794"

Le Temps, 8 January 2011: "Chassez ce 'nègre' que je ne saurais lire," by Albertine Bourget

Swisster, 18 May 2010: "Chillon Castle Captured by Byron Legacy"

24 Heures, 17 May 2010: "Comment les Anglais ont crée le mythe de Chillon"

Le Temps, 1 May 2010:  "De l'admiration béate à l'ignorance"

World Radio Switzerland, "Time Capsule," 27 April 2010: "Literary Trails Through Switzerland"

Le Temps, 20 February 2010: "L'image brisée de la Suisse"

RSR 1 "Un Dromadaire sur l'épaule", 17 November 2009: "Sous les grattes-ciels de New York"

Channel 4 (UK): "Kevin McCloud's Grand Tour", part IV: Greece and the Alps

Swiss News, October 2009 pp. 58-61: "Switzerland in the eye of the beholder"

RSR2 "Les Temps qui courent", 29 June 2009: "Chère Suisse?"

RSR2 "Pavillon Suisse", 23 October 2008: "Byron et la Suisse"

Canal Alpha: Patrick Vincent et Margaret Tudeau-Clayton, "Journal 19.00: les élections aux USA"

L'Agefi, 12 June 2006:  "Conscience et autonomie: deux clés pour mieux enseigner l'anglais"

Le Temps:  "O Conclusion Sanglante: l'affaire Rey-Bellet et Othello"

L'Express: "Les Etats-Unis ou les limites de l'idéalisme"

Unicité:  "Mettre l'étudiant au premier plan"

Professional Affiliations

Member of the Editorial Board, Colloquium Helveticum (since 2009)

Board Member (since 2009) and President (since 2016), Association Culturelle pour le Voyage en Suisse

Member: British Association of Romantic Studies, North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Association Suisse de Littérature Générale et Comparée, Société Suisse pour l'Etude du XVIIIème Siècle, Association des Amis de Gustave Roud, Association Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Institut Neuchâtelois

Past Member of the Advisory Board, European Journal of English Studies (2006-2010)

Past Treasurer of the Swiss Association of University Teachers of English (2002-2010)

Past Auditor of the Swiss Association of North American Studies (2004-2012)