Panel: The Invention of Italian Literature
Villa La Pietra
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Join Martin Eisner for a Graduate Studies seminar. Martin Eisner is an Associate Professor of Italian Studies at Duke University. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University (2005). His first book, Boccaccio and the Invention of Italian Literature: Dante, Petrarch, Cavalcanti, and the Authority of the Vernacular (2013), examines Boccaccio’s crucial role in the formation of an Italian literary canon through the lens of a
manuscript that is now Chigi L V 176 in the Vatican Library.
His new book project, Dante and the Afterlife of the Book, continues to integrate philological materials with literary criticism by exploring the material tradition of Dante's Vita Nuova, from its earliest manuscripts to the most recent editions and adaptations. The research for these studies has been supported by the Fulbright Foundation, the American Philosophical Association, and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. For the 2013-14 academic year, he received the Lily Auchincloss Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome.
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