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).
ITAL 226, Poets of the Duecento
The course explores and traces the multiple ways in which the experiments and lyrical achievements of the Duecento (thirteenth century) shaped and made possible the remarkable achievements of the Italian Trecento. The core of the course consists in the reading of the Sicilian School of poetry, some Provencal troubadours and above all, of the remarkable achievements of gifted poets, such as Francis of Assisi, Cavalcanti, Sordello etc.
ITAL 315, Catholic Intellectual Tradition
Introductory survey of the interaction between Catholicism and Western culture from the first century to the present, with a focus on pivotal moments and crucial developments that defined both traditions. Key beliefs, rites, and customs of the Roman Catholic Church, and the ways in which they have found expression; interaction between Catholics and the institution of the Church; Catholicism in its cultural and sociopolitical matrices. Close reading of primary sources.
ITAL 707, Poets of the Duecento
The course explores and traces the multiple ways in which the experiments and lyrical achievements of the Duecento (thirteenth century) shaped and made possible the remarkable achievements of the Italian Trecento. The core consists of reading the Sicilian School of poetry, some Provençal troubadours, and, above all, the work of such gifted poets as Francis of Assisi, Cavalcanti, Sordello, and others. It ends with a critical reading of Dante’s Vita Nuova.