Jon Snyder

Jon Snyder
Emeritus Professor of Italian Studies

Office Location

Phelps 5333


Languages: Italian, French. Literary translation from Italian and French into English. Translation Theory.


Yale University: MPhil 1979; PhD 1982.


Jon R. Snyder is Professor of Italian Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is an affiliate faculty in the Department of Religious Studies. He has taught at the University of California in San Diego, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, as well as at the University of Turin and the University of Macerata in Italy. He has published and lectured extensively on the literatures, arts and cultures of early modern Europe, especially Italy. He has also produced a number of essays and translations concerning modern and postmodern Italy and Europe.


Jon Snyder has recently completed a full-length translation into English of Torquato Accetto's 1641 treatise Della dissimulazione onesta.
In April 2015 at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art he read his most recent translations of the poems of Torquato Tasso.
Jon Snyder's publications include:

  • L'estetica del Barocco (The Aesthetics of the Baroque), written and published in Italian in 2005, translated into Portuguese in 2007, and in Spanish in 2015.
  • Dissimulation and the Culture of Secrecy in Early Modern Europe, which appeared in the US in August 2009 and was re-released in paperback in August 2012.
  • Love in the Mirror was published in Canada at the end of 2009.


Jon Snyder regularly teaches our core requirement seminar for the Graduate Emphasis in Translation Studies, Comparative Literature 260: Literary Translation: Theory and Practice.