Boccaccio

David Lummus

portrait: David Lummus
Contact: 

209 Pigott Hall
650 724 5832
dlummus@stanford.edu

Office Hours: 
T / W 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM & by appointment
Focal Group(s): 
Humanities Education
Focal Group(s): 
Renaissances
Curriculum Vitae: 

David Lummus specializes in late medieval and early modern Italian literature and intellectual history. His research and teaching interests include fourteenth-century literature in Latin and the vernacular, Renaissance Humanism, medieval and early modern mythography, and the pastoral tradition. He explores critical approaches such as reception theory and actor-network theory, and has experience in literary translation, especially of contemporary Italian poetry. He has written on Giovanni Boccaccio, Francesco Petrarca, Dante Alighieri, Albertino Mussato, and Edoardo Sanguineti, and he is currently completing his first book, The City of Poetry: Politics and Poetics in Pre-Humanist Italy, which addresses the nature of the humanist revival of the classical past by examining the political function of the proto-humanist defense of poetry. It focuses on the ways in which fourteenth-century theories and practices of poetry engaged with municipal political practices and universal theories of political organization, in the works of Albertino Mussato, Dante Alighieri, Francesco Petrarca, Giovanni Boccaccio, and Coluccio Salutati. Between 2008-2012, he was Assistant Professor of Italian at Yale University, and in 2009-2010 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Medieval Institute of the University of Notre Dame. He was elected to the Modern Language Association's Executive Committee for Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature, on which he will serve between 2014-2018.

Education: 

2008: Ph.D., Italian, Stanford University

2001: B.A. summa cum laude, Italian and Classics, University of Texas at Austin

Language(s): 
Italian

Carolyn Springer

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Contact: 

135 Pigott Hall
650 723 1531
springer@stanford.edu

Focal Group(s): 
Renaissances

Professor Carolyn Springer came to Stanford in 1985 after receiving a Ph.D. in Italian language and literature from Yale University. She has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities / American Academy in Rome, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies / Villa I Tatti, the Ford Foundation, and the Fulbright Foundation. Her research has focused primarily on Renaissance and nineteenth-century literature and cultural history. She has published articles and reviews in Annali d’italianistica, Boundary 2: A Journal of Postmodern Literature, Canadian Journal of Italian Studies, Forum Italicum, GRADIVA: International Journal of Literature, The International Journal of the Humanities, Italian Quarterly, The Italianist, Italica (Journal of the American Association of Italian Studies), Modern Language Studies, NEMLA Italian Studies, Quaderni d’italianistica, Renaissance Quarterly, Sixteenth Century Journal, Stanford Italian Review, Versus: Quaderni di studi semiotici, Woman’s Art Journal, The Wordsworth Circle, and Yale Italian Studies.  Professor Springer’s books include The Marble Wilderness: Ruins and Representation in Italian Romanticism, 1775-1850 (Cambridge University Press, 1987; reprinted in paperback, 2010); Immagini del Novecento italiano (Macmillan, coeditors Pietro Frassica and Giovanni Pacchiano); and History and Memory in European Romanticism (special issue of Stanford Literature Review).  Her latest book, Armour and Masculinity in the Italian Renaissance, appeared in 2010 with University of Toronto Press.

Education: 

Ph.D., Italian Language and Literature, with Distinction

Yale University

M.A., Italian Language and Literature

Yale University

B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
College of Letters,
Wesleyan University

Language(s): 
Italian
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