Faculty Books

Millicent Marcus

Over the past twenty-five years, Italy’s film industry has produced a remarkable number of award-winning international art-house hits, among them Cinema Paradiso and Life Is Beautiful. Despite these successes, Italian cinema is in a state of crisis: ticket sales for domestic films, which...
Giuseppe Mazzotta

Cosmopoiesis means world-making, and in this erudite, polemical book, Professor Mazzotta traces how major medieval and Renaissance thinkers invented their worlds through utopias, magic, science, art, and theatre. The Renaissance is usually read from a Cartesian or Hegelian (via Burckhardt)...
Giuseppe Mazzotta

Beginning with Vico’s autobiography, Mazzotta explains that Vico’s heroic attempt to unite the arts and sciences was meant to offer a desperately needed political unity to modern society. In contrast to past thematic studies of Vico that focus on a single one of his ideas, The New Map...
Giuseppe Mazzotta

Con questo volume, Mazzotta intende fornire una vera e propria guida a tutta l’opera vichiana e, attraverso di essa, alla grande avventura del pensiero barocco. L’analisi della figura del filosofo napoletano passa attraverso la sua scrittura, e la sua lettura avviene non più in funzione...
Giuseppe Mazzotta

A very important study. Mazzotta not only gives us a dense and rich new portrait of a much-studied and absolutely major figure, but he also brings to the fore the abiding force and value of Petrarch’s ‘worlds’ of discourse and thought to many of today’s debates regarding, for example,...
Millicent Marcus

What is the impulse to transform literary narrative into cinematic discourse, and what are the factors that determine that transformation? In Filmmaking by the Book, Millicent Marcus considers the adaptive process as the sum total of a series of encounters: the institutional encounter between...
Giuseppe Mazzotta

In a masterly synthesis of historical and literary analysis, Giuseppe Mazzotta shows how medieval knowledge systems–the cycle of the liberal arts, ethics, politics, and theology–interacted with poetry and elevated the Divine Comedy to a central position in shaping all other forms of...
Giuseppe Mazzotta

For the key term of his title, Mazzotta capitalizes on Schiller’s notion that “man is wholly man when he is at play.” Chief player in the Decameron is of course Boccaccio, whose opening pages engage him in a cultural debate with the Chartrian naturalists, Galenic Ga`len´ic