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 2017

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 2017

ITAL403 Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy Sections

A close reading of Dante's masterpiece, along with excerpts from some of his other works: <i>Vita Nuova</i>, <i>Convivio</i>, <i>Monarchia</i>, <i>Epistles</i>. Precludes credit for ITST 413.

Winter 2017

ITST231 Introduction to Italian Culture I: From the Middle Ages to the Early Modern Period Sections

Winter 2017

ITST413 Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy in Translation Sections

A close reading of Dante's masterpiece, along with excerpts from some of his other works: <i>Vita Nuova</i>, <i>Convivio</i>, <i>Monarchia</i>, <i>Epistles</i>. Precludes credit for ITAL 403.

Winter 2017

RMST221 Literatures and Cultures of the Romance World I: Medieval to Early Modern Sections

An introduction to the main themes that shaped the Western part of Europe as its different national identities emerged in the Mediterranean sphere.