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Ph.D. Yale, 1995

Laurea in Foreign Languages and Literatures, Università di Firenze, 1986

Joined Rutgers in 1999

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Medieval Poetry, Dante, Franciscanism, Autobiography, Re-Writing of the Bible in the Italian Literary Tradition, The Devil in European Culture.

Undergraduate Courses

Dante and Medieval Culture (cross-listed with Comparative Literature)
Thirteenth-Century Literature
The Three Crowns
Italian Theater
The Re-Writing of Scripture
The Image of the Devil in Literary Texts (Comparative Literature)
Autobiography (Comparative Literature)

Graduate Courses
Thirteenth-Century Literature
The Development of Short Fiction


  • Le città del Decameron. Edited and introduced (Paris: Quaderni dell’Hôtel de Galliffet, 2010)
  • Poets of Divine Love. The Rhetoric of Franciscan Spiritual Poetry (New York: Fordham UP, 2004)
  • Proceedings of “Binding the Lands. Present Day Poets, Present Day Poetry.” The Third Annual Convention of IPSA, the Italian Poetry Society of America. Eds. Alessandro Carrera and Alessandro Vettori. (Firenze: Cadmo, 2004)


  • “Matelda, ovvero l’armonia ricreata.”  Forthcoming in  Medioevo letterario d’Italia. Fall 2007.
  • “Pax et bonum: Dante’s Depiction of Francis of Assisi in Paradiso XI.” In Dante and the Franciscans. Ed. Santa Casciani (Leiden, Holland: Brill Publications, 2007) 289-305.
  • “Veronica: Dante’s Pilgrimage from Image to Vision.” Dante Studies CXXI (2003) 43-65.
  • “Giuda tradito, ovvero l’ermeneutica parodica di Giuseppe Berto.” Modern Language Notes 118.1.  January 2003. 168-193.
  • “La predestinazione al male nell’opera di Giuseppe Berto.” Forum Italicum. A Journal of Italian Studies.  36-2 (Fall 2002) 316-338.
  • “Serafino Gubbio’s Candid Camera.”  Modern Language Notes 113 (1998) 79-107.
  • “La breccia silenziaria in Purgatorio X.” Lectura Dantis 20-21 (Spring-Fall 1997) 78-100.
  • “L’armonia ricreata: le fonti bibliche del Cantico francescano.” Annali di storia dell’esegesi.  XI.1 (1994) 187-204.
  • “La Verità oltre il velario: il Processo a Gesù di Diego Fabbri.” Lingua e stile XXVIII.2  (1993) 301-313. 

Creative Writing

  • “Le piaghe di Agata.”  “Agatha’s Sores”.  Short Story.  VIA: Voices in Italian Americana X.1 (1999) 67-80.
  • “Annunziata.”  Short story.   Chelsea (Spring 1996) 140.
  • “La lotta del professore.”  “The Professor’s Fight.”  Short story.  VIA: Voices in Italian Americana  V.2 (1994) 163-195. Winner of the 1995 Aniello Lauro Creative Writing Award.

Cavaliere della Repubblica Italiana. Spring 2004.
Ernest E. McMahon - Class of 1930 Award for revamping the Master of Arts in Teaching Program in Italian. 2002.

Rutgers University Research Council Grant.  2000-2001
University of Virginia Teaching Fellow.  Lilly Fellowship.  1997-1998.
Aniello Lauro Creative Writing Award.  Spring 1995.

Modern Language Association of America
American Association for Italian Studies
American Association of Teachers of Italian
Dante Society of America
American Association of University Professors

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