Updated January 2001




QUINONES, Ricardo Joseph

605 Purdue Drive

Claremont, CA 91711

(909) 621-7845

Born:  July 9, 1935, Allentown, Pennsylvania


Married Roberta Johnson, January 2, 1998

Children:  Lawrence (1958), Benjamin (1964), Joshua (1966)




Northwestern University, 1953-1957; B.A. English Literature


Université de Clermont-Ferrand (France), 1957-58


Centro di cultura per stranieri, Florence; Summer, 1958


University of Munich, 1958-59


Harvard University, 1959-63; Ph.D. Comparative Literature (English, French, and Italian); Dissertation:  "Views of Time in Shakespeare" (departmental acceptance, August 1963; degree formally conferred March 1964)


Academic Positions


Harvard University:

            Teaching Assistant, Humanities 2, 1960-62

            Tutor, History and Literature, 1962-63


Claremont McKenna College:

            Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, 1963

            Leave of Absence, 1968-69

            Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, 1969

                        (appointment approved, October 30, 1968)

            Professor of English and Comparative Literature, 1975

            Chair, Department of Literature, 1977-80; 1990-92

            Director, Gould Center for Humanistic Studies, 1986-

            Josephine Olp Weeks Professor of Comparative Literature, 1987-


Claremont Graduate Center, 1965


Harvard University:

            Visiting Professor, summer session, 1970


Graduate Center:  CUNY, Visiting Professor, 1970-71

Richmond College

            CUNY, Visiting Professor, Summer session, 1971


University of California, Irvine:

            Summer sessions, 1987-90


University of Kansas

            Distinguished Visiting Professor, 1998-2000


Scholarships, Fellowships and Research Grants


Bonbright scholar as most distinguished student in the Humanities, Northwestern University, 1956-57


Fulbright Scholar to France, 1957-58


Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Harvard, 1959-60


Summer research grant, Claremont McKenna College, 1966, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982


Milton Fellow, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, Summer, 1968


Younger Scholar Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1968-69


ACLS Travel grant to the International Society for the Study of Time, Meeting at Mt. Fuji, Japan, Summer, 1973


Summer research grant, Claremont Center for Holistic Studies, 1979


NEH Fellowship, Villa i Tatti Harvard Renaissance Center, January-July, 1981


Mellon Fellowship for new course development, 1984


Professional Societies and Activities


Phi Beta Kappa


Renaissance Society of America


American Comparative Literature Association


Secretary-Treasurer, Southern California Renaissance Conference, 1966-68


Dante Society of America


Program Chair, MLA Comparative Literature 4: 1971 The Renaissance, 1969 Topic: "The End of the Renaissance"


Chair, Executive Committee, MLA Comparative Literature: 1971


Program Co-chair, MLA Seminar, "Time in Romanticism and Modernism," 1975 and "Time in the Enlightenment," 1976


Program Co-chair, MLA Seminar, "The Cain-Abel Theme," 1977


Co-chair, Claremont Colleges Comparative Literature Conference on Modernism, April, 1982


Member, Steering Committee for NEH Reauthorization Project, 1983-84


Member, Planning Committee for National Renaissance Conference, Southern California, 1985


Member, California Council for the Humanities, 1984-88


President, Renaissance Conference of Southern California, 1987-88


Member, Council of the Dante Society of America


Editorial Board, Lectura Dantis, University of Virginia


President, Association of Literary Scholars and Critics (1995)






The Renaissance Discovery of Time (Harvard University Press, 1972).  Reviewed extensively.  "Mutabilitie" section of Spenser chapter reprinted in Edmund Spenser's Poetry, ed. Hugh Maclean (New York: Norton Critical Edition, 2nd ed. 1982), pp. 690-700; "The Growth of Hal" section reprinted in Chelsea Critical Perspectives, ed. Harold Bloom, 1987.


Dante (Twayne World Author Series, 1979). MLA Marraro prize nominee, 1980.  Paperback reprint, 1985.  Updated and expanded edition, August 1998.


Mapping Literary Modernism:  Time and Development (a sequel to my Renaissance Discovery of Time).  Princeton University Press, 1985.


Modernism:  Challenges and Perspectives (co-editor), University of Illinois Press, 1985.


The Changes of Cain (Princeton University Press, 1991).  Book award, The Conference on Christianity and Literature, 1992.  Subject of special panel session, American Comparative Literature Association meeting, Indiana University, March 26, 1993.


Foundation Sacrifice in Dante's Commedia,The Pennsylvania State University Press, 1994.  Subject of special panel discussion, Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Colorado Springs, Colorado, October, 1994.




"'Lineal Honour' and Augmentative Time in Shakespeare's Treatment of the Bolingbroke Line," Topic 7 (Washington and Jefferson College) April, 1964.


"Views of Time in Shakespeare," Journal of the History of Ideas, July, 1965.


Review article of J. A. Mazzeo's Renaissance and Revolution in Claremont Courier, April 30, 1966.


"Time in Dante and Shakespeare," Symposium, Fall, 1968.


Note, "Cancel and Tear to Pieces that Great Bond..." in American Notes and Queries, XI (1972), p. 36.


"Four Phases of Time and Literary Modernism"; published in Studies in Time, vol. 2, Springer Verlag, 1975.  Read at Claremont Humanities Forum; at Second World Conference on Time, Hotel Mt. Fuji, Japan, July 3, 1973; and at UC Irvine Colloquium, November 29, 1973.


"Time and Historical Values in the Literature of the Renaissance," in Aspects of Time, ed. C. A. Patrides, Manchester University Press and the University of Toronto Press, 1975.


"Ulysses' Brother:  Aspects of the Cain-Abel Theme in Dante's Commedia and Machiavelli"; published in Renaissance Studies in Honor of Craig Smyth, Florence, 1985.  Read at Medieval and Renaissance Colloquium, Cornell University, October 22; and at Comparative Literature Seminar, Graduate Center, CUNY, October 25, 1984.


Dante entry, Encyclopedia Britannica, 1987.


Catalogue Essay, "The New Dynamic of Time in Renaissance Literature and Society”: Time:  The Greatest Innovator, Folger Shakespeare Library, October 1986-March, 1987.  Rare Books and Manuscripts Prize for Exhibition Catalogues, American Library Association, 1988; essay translated into Hungarian for Nagyrilag, 1987.


"Dante's Divided City:  Foundation Sacrifice and Florentine History"; published in Lectura Dantis [see below].  Read at SUNY, Stony Brook, and at Medieval Conference on the City, Graduate Center, CUNY, October 1987.


"The Reception of Modernism in America:  1960-1987"; published in Les Litteratures et Langues Europeenes au Tournant du Siecle:  Lectures d'Aujord hui, Serie C, Cahier II, 1988.   Delivered as "The Drama of the Two Americas"; University of Athens, October 3, 1988; Bogazici University, Istanbul, October 7-9, 1988; American Literature and Civilization Conference at Bolu, October 11-12, 1988; Universidad de Alcala de Henares (Spain), October 17-18, 1988.


"Foundation Sacrifice and Florentine History:  Dante's Anti-Myth,"  Lectura Dantis, Spring 1989.


"Dante and Modernism," Annali d'Italianistica VIII (1990).


"Purgatorio VIII," Lectura Dantis VII (1990).


"Inferno I," Lectura Dantis VI Supplement (1990).


Tribute to A. Bartlett Giamatti, Lectura Dantis VIII (Spring 1991).


Chapter, "Byron's Cain:  Between History and Theology," Byron, the Bible, and Religion:  Essays from the Twelfth International Byron Seminar, ed. Wolf Z. Hirst, University of Delaware Press, 1991.


Dante entry in Encyclopedia italiana; forthcoming from Garland Press.


Modernism, Petrarch, Milton, Dante, Renaissance, and Shakespeare (qq.vv.) entries in the Encyclopedia of Time; Samuel Macey, ed.; forthcoming from Garland Press.


"‘Upon this Bank and Shoal of Time’:  Triumph Literature in Dante and Petrarch," in Time, Literature and the Arts:  Essays in Honor of Samuel L. Macey; English Literary Studies, University of Victoria (British Columbia), 1994.


Paradiso XVI, Lectura Dantis, University of Virginia, Fall, 1995.


“The Plot-Line of Myth in Dante’s Inferno,” The Inferno, (Mark Musa, ed.); University of Indiana Press, 1995.




"Monuments of Time: Poetry and Spenser's Ideal of Civilization," read at the Southern California Renaissance Conference (Whittier College), April 30, 1966.


"The Sense of Contemporary Change in Spenser's Mutabilitie Cantos, Shakespeare's King Lear, and Donne's Anniversaries," delivered at the Congress, Federation Internationale des Langues et Litteratures Modernes, Strasbourg, France, September, 1966.


"Foreign Grafts on Native Stock:  Erasmus and the Elizabethan Investment in Progeny," read at the Southern California Renaissance Conference (Claremont), April, 1970.


"Some Paradoxes of Time: Renaissance and Modern," read at Cal Tech Humanities Seminar, April, 1974.


Commentator, MLA Seminar, Time and Medieval Literature, 1975.


Commentator, Time and Modernism, Third World Conference for the Study of Time; Alpbach, Austria, July, 1976.


"Dante and Spenser:  Patterns for Criticism," International Spenser Conference, Duquesne University, October 5-7, 1978.


"Reflections on Literary History:  Causation, Significance and Value," USC Humanities Forum, November 15, 1978.


"Enhancements of Literary History," Catholic University, February 2, 1979.


"The Changes of Cain:  Guilt and Regeneration in Byron's Cain and Conrad's Secret Sharer," ACLA meeting, Santa Barbara, California, March, 1983.


"Ulysses' Brother: Aspects of the Cain-Abel Theme in Dante's Commedia," PAPC meeting, Santa Barbara, California, March 1983.


"Changes of Cain:  Transformations of the Cain and Abel Theme from Romanticism to Modernism," Indiana University, Harvard University, SUNY, Stony Brook, October 1983; FILLM, Budapest Hungary, August 1984; Comparative Literature Colloquium, NYU, October 24, 1984.


"Reflections on Modernism," Department of Comparative Literature, SUNY, Binghamton, October 23, 1984.


"Wandering in America:  The Epidemic of Theory," Council of Scholars, Library of Congress, April 17-19, 1986.


"Twinship and Differentiation:  The Cain and Abel Theme in Conrad's Secret Sharer and Tournier's Les Meteores," PAPC, UC Riverside, November 1986; FILLM, Guelph, Canada, August 1987.


"Shakespeare in the Climate of Modernism," University of Thessaloniki, October 5, 1988; Bogazici University, Istanbul, October 7-9, 1988; Hacetteppe University, Ankara, October 13, 1988.


"The American Reception of Deconstruction," University of Athens, Hellenic American Union, October 3, 1988; Bogazici University, Istanbul, October 9, 1988; Middle East Technical University, Ankara, October 13, 1988.


"Foundation Sacrifice, Pilgrimage and Brotherhood in Dante's Inferno and Purgatorio," University of Virginia, October 12, 1989; Lectura Dantis Newberryanna, October 21, 1989.


"Foundation Sacrifice and Fatherhood in Dante's Paradiso," University of Virginia, April 1990.


"Deconstruction and Modernism," University of Amiens, June, 1990.


"The Cain and Abel Theme and Civilization," Institute of History of the USSR Academy of Sciences, Moscow University, October 1990.


"The Purgatorio and Modernism," Nashville, Tennessee, November 1990 (reprinted as "Dante and Modernism" in Annali d'Italianistica VIII, 1990).


"Purgatorio XXIII-XXIV:  The Essence of the Purgatorial Consciousness," University of Virginia, October 1991.


"Foundation Sacrifice in Secular and Sacred History:  The Case of Inferno XXIII," University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, October 1991.


"Foundation Sacrifice in Dante's Paradiso," Rutgers, October 1991.


"The Cause of All Your Troubles:  Foundation Sacrifice in Canto XVI and Current American Interest in Paradiso," Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, October 1992; Villa i Tatti (The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies), Florence, November 1992.


"Romeo and Juliet and Experimental Tragedy," University of Nice, November 24, 1992; Bogazici University, Istanbul, December 1992.


"Modernism, Deconstruction and Post-Modernism in Contemporary America," University of Nice, November 26, 1992; Universita Ca'Foscari, December 1, 1992; Bogazici University, Istanbul, December 1992.


"Diversity, Multiculturalism and Other Shouting Terms of American Cultural Life," Universita Ca'Foscari, Venice, November 30, 1992; Centro di Studi Americani, Rome, December 2, 1992; Bogazici University, Istanbul, December 1992.


"Transformations of Violence:  Foundation Sacrifice in Dante and Shakespeare (and the European Tradition," Center for West European Studies, Indiana University, March 25, 1993.


"Lectura dantis, Purgatorio XVI," American Association of Italian Scholars; University of Texas, Austin; April 17, 1993.


"Dante and Anthropological Theories," Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association; Special Topic: Dante and Contemporary Criticism (co-sponsored by the Dante Society of America), Metropolitan State College of Denver, October 16, 1993.


Monarchia, Book III, A Masterpiece of Political Analysis,” American Association of Italian Scholars, Tempe, Arizona, April 1995.


"Dante:  The First Intellectual of Europe, the First European Intellectual," The Mediterranean Periphery, Conference at Claremont Graduate School, April 1995.


"Dante:  The Scandal of the Inferno in an Age of Atrocity,” Claremont Collegium on Medieval and Early Modern Studies, March 1995; Colloquium on Critical Theory, University of California at Riverside, April 1995; UCLA Conference on Medieval Studies, May 1995; First National Conference of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics, Minneapolis, September 23, 1995; Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (The Netherlands), November 27, 1995; Whittier College, April, 1996.


“Modernism:  Highways and Byways,” University of Utrecht (The Netherlands), November 23, 1995.


“Literary Dualisms,” Colloquium in Criticism, University of Washington, May 3, 1996.


“‘What Do You Know About Dying Gods:’  Rousseau, Voltaire, and Inspiration,” at conference “Times and Cultures:  a Comparison of Analysis and the Revelatory Experience,” The Claremont Graduate School, November 16, 1996.


“Two Noble Gladiators:  Voltaire and Rousseau,” Questions of Civilization series at Claremont McKenna College, November 20, 1996.


Why Hamlet and King Lear Are the Same Play,” University of Kansas, Spring, 2000.




Renaissance Essays in Honor of Hans Baron, ed. Molho and Tedeschi, The Historian, XXXV, 1973, p. 645.


The Dark Ages and the Age of Gold, Russell Fraser, Modern Language Quarterly, XXXV, 1974, p. 78.


The Wild Man Within: An Image in Western Thought from the Renaissance to Romanticism, eds. Dudley and Novak, The South Atlantic Quarterly, Autumn, 1974, p. 565.


Developments in the Early Renaissance, ed. Bernard S. Levy, The Italian Quarterly (Winter, 1975).


Of Time, Passion and Knowledge, J. T. Fraser, CLIO ((Spring, 1976).


Historical Drama, Herbert Lindenberger, CLIO (Winter, 1976-77).


The Two Dantes, Kenelm Foster, Dante Studies XCVII (1979).


The Ethic of Time, Wylie Sypher, Shakespeare Quarterly (Winter, 1979).


Time and the Artist in Shakespeare's English Histories, John W. Blanpied, Shakespeare Quarterly 37 (1986).


Dante:  The Poetics of Conversion, John Freccero, Annali d'Italianistica VI (1988).


Inferno I, Anthony K. Cassell, Lectura Dantis VI (1990).


The Medieval Imagination, Jacques LeGoff, Lettura dantescha, Spring 1991.


Il poema del desiderio:  Poetica e passione in Dante, Franco Ferrucci, Lectura Dantis IX (Fall 1991).


Dante as Dramatist:  The Myth of the Earthly Paradise and Tragic Vision in the Divine Comedy, Franco Masciandaro, Italica, Summer 1993.


The Undivine Comedy, Detheologizing Dante, Teodolinda Barolini, Lectura Dantis XII (Fall 1993).


Hamlet versus Lear:  Cultural Politics and Shakespeare's Art, R. A. Foakes, Shakespeare Quarterly (Fall 1994).