Professor of Italian Studies

D.E.A (University of Paris-Sorbonne, 1983)
Doctorate (University of Milan, 1987)

Daniela Boccassini teaches in the areas of Italian and Romance Studies. Her research interests focus on the Medieval and Renaissance periods, particularly on the exploration of the ways in which the act of writing preserves the memory of complex cultural processes, involving various disciplines, different cultural traditions and multiple epistemological transitions.
She is co-editor of the journal Quaderni di Studi Indo-mediterranei and curator of its North-American website.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Dante Alighieri and Dante Studies
  • Italian Verbal and Visual Arts of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
  • Mediterranean and Indo-mediterranean cultural exchanges
  • Inner Journeys
  • Sacred Spaces and Mandalas, East and West
  • Montaigne

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

Dante Alighieri and the «Way of the Heart»

«Sacred Pavements, Inner Journeys»

«Transmutatio: The Hermetic Way to Happiness»

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Books
Il volo della mente. Falconeria e sofia nel mondo mediterraneo. Islam, Federico II, Dante. Ravenna: Longo, 2003. Now available in digital format.

Edited Books and Journal Issues
Sogni e visioni nel mondo indo-mediterraneo. Dreams and Visions in the Indo-Mediterranean World, edited by D.B. Quaderni di Studi Indo-Mediterranei 2 (Alessandria: Edizioni dell’Orso, 2009).

Articles and book chapters
«”L’ora che volge il disio”: Comparative Hermeneutics of Desire in Dante and ‘Attâr», in Desire in Dante and the Middle Ages, London: Legenda (forthcoming).

«Sogno e visione: mistero, “mania”, magia, realtà», Sogni e visioni nel mondo indo-mediterraneo. Dreams and Visions in the Indo-Mediterranean World, edited by D.B. Quaderni di Studi Indo-Mediterranei 2 (2009): 1-20.

«Falconry as a Transmutative Art: Dante, Frederick II and Islam», Dante Studies 125 (2007, but published in 2009): 157-82.

«Ego tanquam centrum circuli: La Vita nuova, percorso di reminiscenza e psicocosmogramma», Italian Culture 27 (2009/1): 5-23.

«I sogni di Dante e l’ombra di Aristotele: riflessioni sulla fenomenologia della visione nel De ignorantia di Petrarca», Italica 84 (2007): 137-61.

Winter 2016

ITAL303 Italian Literature and Culture of the Medieval and Early Modern Period Sections

A thematic approach to Italian literary works from the origins to the end of the sixteenth century considered in a broad cultural context. Alternates with ITAL 304.

Winter 2016

ITAL404 Italian Literature of the Middle Ages Sections

Italian literature of the Middle Ages in its intellectual, socio-political and cultural context. Dante and his contemporaries and/or immediate followers (may include Petrarch and Boccaccio). Precludes credit for ITST 414.

Winter 2016

RMST420C Studies in Romance Languages and Literature - RMNCE LANG & LIT Sections