Joseph Michael Pucci Professor of Comparative Literature, Professor of Classics

Joseph Pucci is Professor of Classics and in the Program in Medieval Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature at Brown, where he teaches courses on classical, later and medieval Latin language and literature, literary selfhood in late antique and medieval literature, the western tradition, and reception studies. He has published nearly 70 articles, book chapters, and book reviews on Latin literary culture, and is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of six books: Ausonius: The Moselle, the Epigrams and Other Poems, co-authored with Deborah Warren (Routledge, 2017); The Classics Renewed: Reception and Innovation in the Latin Poetry of Late Antiquity, co-edited with Scott McGill (Universitätsverlag Winter, 2016); Augustine's Virgilian Retreat: Reading the Auctores at Cassiciacum (Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 2014); Venantius Fortunatus: Poems To Friends, A Translation with Introduction and Commentary (Hackett, 2010); The Full-Knowing Reader: Allusion and the Power of the Reader in the Western Literary Tradition (Yale, 1998; paperback version, 2012); and the second edition of K. P. Harrington, Medieval Latin (Chicago, 1997). A seventh book, Alcuin: Poems and Letters, will be sent to the publisher at the end of the summer, 2017. An eighth book, Recuperating Virgil: Reading the Auctores in Augustine's Confessions, is completed and being revised.

Interests: Late Antiquity; Late Latin; Medieval Latin; Comparative Literary History; Biography; Literature and the American Presidency; the western tradition.


Books: Medieval Latin, Second Edition (Chicago, 1997); The Full-Knowing Reader: Allusion and the Power of the Reader in the Western Literary Tradition (1998; paperback, 2012); Venantius Fortunatus: Poems To Friends, A Translation with Introduction and Commentary (Hackett, 2010); Augustine's Virgilian Retreat: Reading the Auctores at Cassiciacum (Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 2014); The Classics Renewed: Reception and Innovation in the Latin Poetry of Late Antiquity, co-edited with Scott McGill (Universitätsverlag Winter, 2016); Ausonius: The Moselle, the Epigrams and Other Poems, with Deborah Warren (Routledge, 2016);


In Progress: Alcuin: Poems and Letters: A Translation with Commentary (Medieval Texts in Translation, Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies); an interpretation of Ausonius' poetry; a biography of Alcuin; a study of Lincoln's use of scripture.


Contributor (many articles and book reviews): Arethusa, Classica et Medievalia, Classical Bulletin, Classical Outlook, Classical Philology, Classical Review, Classical World, Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Journal of Medieval Latin, Latomus, New England Classical Journal, Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages, Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, Ramus, Speculum, Virgil Encylcopedia, Blackwell Companion to Late Antique Litertature


Awards: Comfort and Urry Award for Advising, Mentoring, and Motivation (2015); Princeton Review: One of the Top 300 Professors in the U.S., 2012; Karen T. Romer Award for Undergraduate Advising and Mentoring, 2004; John Rowe Workman Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Humanities, 1996; Award for Outstanding Academic Advising, Undergraduate Council of Students (1998, 1999, 2001; 2013).

Brown Affiliations