324 East Pyne
by appointment only
Simone Marchesi (Laurea, University of Pisa; M.A. University of Notre Dame, Italian Studies; Ph.D. Princeton University, Comparative Literature) is Associate Professor of French and Italian.
His main research area is the dialogue with classical and late-antique texts engaged by medieval Italian writers, especially Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio. Published work on medieval authors includes two monographs: Stratigrafie decameroniane (Olschki, 2004), Dante and Augustine: Linguistics, Poetics, Hermeneutics (UToronto Press, 2011), and several articles and chapters in collections. He is the current editor of the Electronic Bulletin of the Dante Society of America (EBDSA).
Simone Marchesi teaches both language and literature courses on medieval Italian authors (Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio). His specialty remains Dante’s Divine Comedy, which he has taught both in Italian and in English, as an advanced seminar in the Department as well as a Freshmen Seminar.
In collaboration with Ilaria Marchesi, he has also completed a trade book entitled Live in Pompei –an essay in narrative form on the cultural value of archeological past for the young generation (Laterza, 2016).
Currently, he is working on a monograph provisionally entitled The Tower and the Garden, a book-length study on the image of Eden constructed in late-medieval vernacular fictions as a trope for their acts of cultural translation.