Simona Lorenzini

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Senior Lector I
320 York, Rm 523, New Haven, CT 06520-8311
(203) 432-7249

Simona Lorenzini graduated, cum laude, from the University of Pisa in 2003 with a thesis in Modern Italian Literature. She received a Ph.D. in “Humanist and Renaissance Civilization” from the “Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento” (Florence, 2008), with a dissertation on the Latin bucolic poetry of Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio and its connections with the classical and medieval pastoral tradition. These researches culminated in a book published in 2011: La corrispondenza bucolica tra Giovanni Boccaccio e Checco di Meletto Rossi e L’egloga di Giovanni del Virgilio ad Albertino Mussato. After moving to the USA in 2009, Simona completed her PhD in Italian and Renaissance Studies at Yale University with a dissertation – “Questioning the Utopian Myth in Renaissance Pastoral Drama: From Politian to Guarini” – written under the direction of Professor Giuseppe Mazzotta (May 23, 2016). Simona has published on Boccaccio and Medieval literature, on Isabella Andreini, on contemporary Italian experimental writings, and on language pedagogy. She recently co-edited, with Deborah Pellegrino, the volume Women’s Agency and Self-fashioning in Early Modern Tuscany (1300-1600) (Viella Kent State University European Studies Series).


Ofice Hours: Thursdays, 2-4pm: and by appointment


ITAL 162: Introduction to Italian Literature: From the Duecento to the Renaissance

This is the first course in a sequence studying Italian Literature. The course aims to provide an introduction and a broad overview of Italian literature and culture from the Duecento to the Renaissance, specifically focusing on authors such as Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Ariosto, and literary and artistic movements such as Humanism and Renaissance. These authors and their masterpieces are introduced through readings, works of art, listening materials, videos, and films. Great space is left for in-class discussion and suggestions from students who may take an interest in specific authors or subjects. This course is interactive and open, and the authors mentioned here are only indicative of the path that we follow. At the end of the course, students are able to analyze and critique literary works of different genres and time periods. The course is conducted in Italian.
Prerequisite: ITAL 140
Term: Fall 2024
Day/Time: MW 2:30-3:45p.m.