Italian Studies PhD Students Shine at Penn

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Doctoral students Natale Vacalebre and Luna Sarti have recently earned prestigious recognitions for their scholarly projects. Vacalebre has been awarded the first annual Stallybrass Prize in the History of Material Texts for his paper “Divine Markets: Producing, Selling and Reading Dante’s Commedia in the Early Typographic Age." Sarti has been awarded the GAPSA-Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation for her project “Mapping Labor and Water in Medieval Florence: An Experiment in Historical Imagination.” Congratulations Natale and Luna!

Mario Sassi Awarded Grant from Medieval Academy

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PhD Candidate in Italian Studies Mario Sassi has been awarded the 2021 Frederic C. Lane Dissertation Grant of The Medieval Academy of America. His dissertation is entitled "Bedeviled Clergy and Demonic Roosters: The Supernatural in Trecento and Quattrocento Exempla." Congratulations!

Samantha Gillen, Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching

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PhD Candidate in Italian Studies Samantha Gillen has been selected to receive a School of Arts and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching by Graduate Students for the 2020-2021 academic year! These highly competitive awards are presented annually to graduate students in the arts and sciences to recognize their contributions to teaching at the undergraduate level. The awards seek to recognize teaching that is intellectually rigorous, exceptionally coherent, and has had considerable impact on students.

Natale Vacalebre Winner of the Grandgent Award in Dante Studies

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Congratulations to Ph.D. student Natale Vacalebre for receiving the 2020 Charles H. Grandgent Award for the best graduate research paper in Dante Studies, sponsored by the Dante Society of America! Dr. Vacalebre's essay is entitled "Paradiso (e Purgatorio) riconquistati. Un incunabolo dantesco in America e ii riscoperto autore delle sue chiose." Bravissimo, Natale! 

Masterpieces of Italian Literature at Penn (MIL@P)

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The graduate students of the Department of Italian are proud to announce the third year of “Masterpiece of Italian Literature @ Penn,” a graduate-led group that aims to read literary texts that have played a pivotal role in global literature. This year we will venture into Giacomo Leopardi’s Operette Morali, written between 1824 and 1832. Please see here for more!

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Italian Studies @ Penn

Italian Studies at Penn embraces research and teaching concerning agents, people and institutions--with related linguistic, intellectual and artistic objects and media--mostly originating from Italian-speaking geographical areas and featuring relationships with the Italian language, its dialects, and the Latinate tradition, from the Medieval period to today.  

Italian Studies considers itself as both autonomous and in relationship with a constellation of other disciplines and scholars located in a variety of Penn departments (esp. within Romance Languages, but also in English, Classical Studies, History, Music, History of Art, and Political Science among others), programs (e.g., Cinema and Media Studies, Comparative Literature, Jewish Studies, Global Medieval and Renaissance Studies), centers (e.g., Gender Sexuality & Women, Africana Studies, Wolf Humanities), schools (e.g., Wharton, Design), and libraries (esp. the Kislak Center). 

Research and teaching areas currently developed by the Italian Studies Unit, in collaboration with the Center for Italian Studies, include

a) the tre corone (Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio), 

b) the Renaissance and early modern periods,

c) book and manuscript studies,

d) performance and media studies,

e) race and migration issues, and

f) Mediterranean studies.

Please find here a description of our graduate program, and here one of our undergraduate degree.