Andrea Baldi

Dott. in Lettere, Firenze; Ph.D., University of California - Los Angeles.
Sixteenth and seventeenth-century literature.  Prof. Baldi's main field of inquiry is Early Modern literature: he has published articles on the 16th-century conduct books and a monograph on Alessandro Piccolomini. He has also devoted his research to the relationship between literature and film and to women's writing, focusing on Anna Maria Ortese and Anna Banti. He has recently edited Ortese's L'Iguana for Adelphi Edizioni (2006).


Paola Gambarota

Dott. in Lettere, Pavia; Ph.D., Yale University.
Italian Modern Literature, European Pre-War Avant-garde, Theories of Language and Nation.


Guido Guarino (Emeritus)

Ph.D, Columbia University.
Humanism and Renaissance literature.


Elizabeth Leake

Ph.D., Universtiy of California - Berkeley
Twentieth-Century literature and film. Prof. Leake specializes in 20th century Italian literature with an interest in psychoanalytic and ideological studies. Her book, The Reinvention of Ignazio Silone, was published by University of Toronto Press in 2002.


Umberto Mariani (Emeritus)

Dott. in Lettere, Pavia; M.A. in English, New York University
Nineteenth and twentieth-century literature.


David Marsh

Ph.D., Harvard University.
Influence of classical literature in Renaissance Italy from Petrarch to Tasso. Prof. Marsh has studied Comparative Literature at Yale and Harvard and knows a dozen European languages. He specializes in the influence of the classical tradition on the Italian Renaissance. His books include: The Quattrocento Dialogue, Lucian and the Latins, and he has edited and translated works by Leon Battista Alberti, Leonardo da Vinci, Petrarch, Vico, and Paolo Zellini.


Alessandro Vettori

Dott. in Lettere, Firenze; Ph.D., Yale University
Thirteenth-century literature; Dante and Franciscan literature. Prof. Vettori's research focuses primarily on the rhetoric of religious lyric in the Italian thirteenth century. He views nudity and undressing as a poetic, metaphorical rendering of religious conversion in lyrical texts of poets who are also mystics. On the same line, divine love often finds a referent in matrimonial consummation, as taken from the images of the Song of Solomon, one of the most frequently commented and quoted biblical texts in the Middle Ages.


Laura Sanguineti White

Dott. in Lettere, Trieste; Ph.D. University of California-Los Angeles.
Early medieval literature; Renaissance theater; the epic; seventeenth and eighteenth century. Prof. White's fields of research and teaching include: Lyric of the thirteenth century, Boccaccio, Petrarch, Baroque, and the Enlightenment. Her publications include books on Boccaccio and the Baroque theater. Her book on Venetian history is in print.