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Teodolinda Barolini

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Boccaccio Studies Comparative Literature Critical Philology Dante Studies Lyrical Tradition Medieval Literature Petrarch Studies Classical Reception

Teodolinda Barolini is the Lorenzo Da Ponte Professor of Italian at Columbia University. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2001), the American Philosophical Society (2002) and the Medieval Academy of America (2000).

He was elected a foreign member of the Accademia Olimpica (Vicenza) in 2015, and in 2018 Professor Barolini was elected to the National Academy of Italy, the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei.

From 1997 to 2003, Professor Barolini was the fifteenth President of the Dante Society of America.

Teodolinda Barolini received her B.A. in Classics from Sarah Lawrence College 1972, her M.A. in Italian from Columbia University in 1973 and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University in 1978. She began her career in 1978 as an Assistant Professor of Italian at the University of California at Berkeley. She then moved to New York University, where she taught from 1983 to 1992 as chairman of the Italian Institute in 1992, from 1992 to 2004 and again from 2011-2014. In 1999 she was appointed Lorenzo Da Ponte Professor of Italian.

Barolini's research focuses on the Italian literary culture of the 13th and 14th centuries, its relationship to classical antiquity and its reception through the centuries to our day. She has written a lot about Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio and medieval poetry.

Dante's Poet: Textuality and Truth in 'Comedy' (Princeton, 1984; Italian trans. The best blacksmith: Dante and the poets of 'Comedy', Bollati Boringhieri, 1993) won the Marraro Prize of the Modern Language Association and the John Nicholas Brown Prize of the Medieval Academy.

The ungodly comedy: De-theologize Dante (Princeton, 1992; Italian trans. The Comedy Without God: Dante and the Creation of a Virtual Reality , Feltrinelli, 2003) examines how Dante constructs a virtual reality in language. Barolini introduces a method of reading - detheologization - that counteracts the narrative structures that overdetermine our hermeneutic response to the poem.

Dante and the origins of Italian literary culture (Fordham, 2006; Italian trans. Dante's century, Bompiani, 2012) explores the origins of Italian literary culture through four prisms: philosophy of desire; Christian and Pagan Intertexts; Organize the macro text: time and narrative; and gender. This volume won the Premio Flaiano in italianistica in 2007 ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4lfPpRMEj0 ).

Barolini's commentary on Dante's early poetry, Youth rhymes and the 'New Life' , was published by Rizzoli in 2009. This commentary reconstructs Dante's poetic and ideological path from his courtly beginnings to the paradise . Your expanded and revised English edition with translations of Dante's poems by Richard Lansing, Dantes Lyric Poetry: Lyrics of Youth and of the ‘ New life' , was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2014. It received the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Publication Award from the Modern Language Association for a Manuscript in Italian Literary Studies in 2012.

Website editor Digitaler Dante

Barolini is also the author of the Barolin commentary , the first digital commentary on the Comedy.

Published books included Medieval Constructions in Gender and Identity: Essays in Honor of Joan Ferrante (Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2005). She has edited two volumes with H. Wayne Storey: Dante for the new millennium (Fordham, 2003) and Petrarch and the textual origins of the interpretation (Brill, 2007). She co-edited with Maria Luisa Ardizzone New life: archeologies of a text ( I studied novels 2018).

Professor Barolini has also edited and contributed to a volume of essays on her father: Antonio Barolini, Chronicle of a Soul . Proceedings of the New York and Vicenza Conventions (Società Editrice Fiorentina, 2015). With her sister Susanna Barolini, she edited and commented on the editorials and diary of her father during the Second World War. See the volume Antonio Barolini, nonviolent poet. Diary of Secrecy and Vicentine Editorials (1943-1945) edited by Neri Pozza Editori (2019).

The Global Dante Project of New York is ongoing, in collaboration with Professor Maria Luisa Ardizzone from New York University and with an annual conference on a work by Dante. Starting with the Monarchy in 2015 and through the New life (2016), Ordinary speech (2017), and coexistence (2018) the project becomes the topic with a conference comedy in Dante's anniversary year 2021.

Barolini's work can be downloaded from this Columbia University website and from academia.edu.

Last updated on 08/18

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