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Simone Marchesi (Laurea, University of Pisa; M.A. University of Notre Dame, Italian Studies; Ph.D. Princeton University, Comparative Literature) is 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), along with articles and chapters in collections. Recently, he has co-edited three collections of essays on Dante and Boccaccio: Dante Alive (Routledge, 2022); Decameron Day IX in Perspective (UToronto Press, 2022); and Boccaccio Today: Documenting, Interpreting, Responding, for the journal Letteratura Tardogotica e Quattrocentesca (2022-2023).
Vernacular Edens, a monograph on the literary motif of the garden visit, constructed by late-medieval vernacular fiction writers as a trope for their acts of cultural translation, is forthcoming with the University of Toronto Press.
At the national level, he has served as Vice-President and President of the American Boccaccio Association, as well as Editor in Chief for the Electronic Bulletin of the Dante Society of America, now DanteNotes.