Giuseppe Mazzotta is the Sterling Professor of Humanities for Italian. He has written a number of essays about every century of Italian literary history.
He served as president of the Dante Society of America (2003-2009).
His books include: Dante, Poet of the Desert: History and Allegory in the Divine Comedy (Princeton, 1979); The World at Play in Boccaccio’s Decameron (Princeton, 1986); Dante’s Vision and the Circle of Knowledge (Princeton, 1993); The Worlds of Petrarch (Duke UP, 193); The New Map of the World: the Poetic Philosophy of Giambattista Vico (Princeton, 1998) (Italian translation, Turin: Einaudi, 2001); Cosmopoiesis: The Renaissance Experiment (Toronto UP, 2001) (Italian translation, Palermo: Sellerio 2008). He has also edited or co-edited several boooks, such as Critical Essays on Dante (Hall, 1991) and Master Regis (Fordham UP, 1985). In 2008, he published the Norton edition of Dante’s Inferno (translated by M. Palma).
ITAL310a, Dante in Translation
A critical reading of Dante’s Divine Comedy and selections from the minor works, with an attempt to place Dante’s work in the intellectual and social context of the late Middle Ages by relating literature to philosophical, theological, and political concerns.
One discussion section conducted in Italian.
ITAL530b Dante in Translation
|A critical reading of Dante’s Divine Comedy and selections from the minor works, with an attempt to place Dante’s work in the intellectual and social context of the late Middle Ages by relating literature to philosophical, theological, and political concerns.|
ITAL680a Passions & Ideology Romanticism
The dissolution of the neoclassical values and models of Europe experiences around the end of the eighteenth century inspired the new culture that has come to be known as Romanticism, which in Italy ranges from roughly 1790 to 1848. This course explores the pivotal ideology of the new movement: the new aesthetics of Romanticism, ideas of political liberty, pursuit of the unification of the country, and, in general, the cultural mythology of Risorgimento (encompassing issues such as the cult of Rome, universal education, revolutionary ideals, new configurations of urban spaces, etc.). We discuss these questions by focusing on five leading figures of the time and reading with considerable attention their selected works: the tragedies by Vittorio Alfieri, the poetry and prose of Ugo Foscolo, selections by the lyrical poet/philosopher Giacomo Leopardi, the aesthetic and political writings of Giuseppe Mazzini, and essays, poetry, plays, and a novel by Alessandro Manzoni.