People

Zygmunt G. Barański

Notre Dame Professor of Dante and Italian Studies and Emeritus Serena Professor of Italian, University of Cambridge; Co-editor of the Devers Series in Dante and Medieval Italian Literature

Professor Barański is among the world’s leading authorities on Dante, medieval Italian literature, medieval poetics, and modern Italian literature, film, and culture. His publications include Petrarch and Dante. Anti-Dantism, Metaphysics, Tradition (Co-editor Theodore Cachey. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2009); "Chiosar con altro testo". Leggere Dante nel Trecento (Florence: Cadmo, 2001); Dante e i segni. Saggi per una storia intellettuale di Dante (Naples: Liguori, 2000); Cambridge Companion to Modern Italian Culture (Co-editor Rebecca West. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001); Pasolini Old and New. Surveys and Studies (Ed. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1999); "Sole nuovo, luce nuova". Saggi sul rinnovamento culturale in Dante (Turin: Scriptorium, 1996).

Theodore J. Cachey Jr.

Albert J. and Helen M. Ravarino Family Director of Dante and Italian Studies; Co-Chair of Italian Studies; Director of the Devers Program in Dante Studies; Co-editor of the Devers Series in Dante and Medieval Italian Literature; Inaugural Director of Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway

Theodore Cachey is professor and director of Italian Studies at Notre Dame. He specializes in Italian Medieval and Renaissance literature. He has authored, edited and co-edited several books, including Le isole fortunate (1994); Pigafetta's First Voyage Around the World (1995, 2007); Dante Now (1995); Petrarch's Guide to the Holy Land (2002), Le culture di Dante (2004), Dante and Petrarch: Anti-dantism, Metaphysics, Tradition (2009).  His essays have appeared in Annali d'ItalianisticaBelfagor, California Italian StudiesIntersezioniThe ItalianistItalicaThe History of CartographyModern Language Notes, Schede umanistiche, and Rivista di letteratura italiana.

Leonardo Francalanci

Visiting Instructor, Romance Languages and Literatures

Leonardo Francalanci specializes in Romance philology and Comparative Romance literatures with a particular interest in the Western Mediterranean (Catalan, Spanish, Italian, Occitan and French). To date, his research has focused mainly on Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Catalan, Spanish and Italian literatures, European Petrarchism, Latin humanism, Romance linguistics, and Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Catalan and Italian literatures. As a scholar and teacher he is deeply invested in cultivating not only an understanding of the particularities of a specific tradition, but also in transmitting a clear perspective of the complex network of synergies, contacts and exchanges that link together the languages, cultures and literatures that have evolved throughout the ages within the larger Mediterranean.

Anne Leone

Research Assistant Professor

Anne Leone is a research assistant professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Notre Dame. She is writing a monograph, Dante and Blood in the Medieval Context, stemming from her Doctoral dissertation (completed in 2010 at the University of Cambridge). Her other research interests include Dante’s treatment of female figures, material culture, and intersections between theological, metaliterary and medical issues in Dante’s works. Her work has appeared in Le Tre Corone, and is forthcoming in Italian Studies and a volume published by Open Book Publishers. As associate director of Italian Studies at Notre Dame, she helps run the Program.

Luca Lombardo

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway

Luca Lombardo specializes in medieval and humanistic Italian literature (both Latin and the vernacular), with a particular focus on Dante, the Florentine cultural environment at the end of the thirteenth century, the reception of Boethius in the medieval philosophical poetry, and Albertino Mussato and early Paduan humanism. His first major monograph, Boezio in Dante. La 'Consolatio Philosophiae' nello scrittoio del poeta (Venice: Edizioni Ca’ Foscari, 2013) is a paradigm-shifting reassessment of the influence of Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy on Dante’s works. After receiving his PhD in Italian Studies and Classical and Medieval Philology at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Ca’ Foscari, working on a forthcoming critical review of the Epistole metriche by the early humanist scholar Albertino Mussato (1261–1329). He has published several articles both in journals and in edited collections on Dante and the origins of Italian literature. He is member of the editorial board of the journal «L'Alighieri».

Christian Moevs

Associate Professor of Italian; Co-editor of the Devers Series in Dante and Medieval Italian Literature

Professor Moevs's interests include Dante, medieval Italian literature, lyric poetry and poetics, and the intersection between literature and philosophy (especially metaphysics and medieval philosophy). He is co-editor of the Devers Series in Dante Studies, and a fellow of the Medieval Institute.  His The Metaphysics of Dante's Comedy (Oxford UP and American Academy of Religion, 2005) won the Modern Language Association’s Marraro Prize for Italian Studies, and the American Association for Italian Studies Prize for the best book of 2005. He is currently working on a book on Dante and the medieval contemplative (mystical) tradition, for which he has won a second NEH Fellowship.

Vittorio Montemaggi

Assistant Professor of Religion and Literature, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures; Concurrent Assistant Professor, Department of Theology

Professor Montemaggi's interests include the relationship between literary and theological reflection, the relationship between language, truth and love, and the interconnections between the question of the relationship between theism and atheism and that of the relationship between tragedy and comedy. To date, his published work has focused primarily on Dante's Commedia, while his current research also comparatively explores, alongside the work of Dante, that of Primo Levi, Roberto Benigni, Shakespeare, Dostoevsky, Augustine and Aquinas.

Demetrio S. Yocum

Research Associate, Italian Studies; Editorial Associate, Devers Series in Dante and Medieval Italian Literature

Demetrio Yocum’s research focuses on Medieval and Renaissance Italian literature with particular interest in theology and monasticism. He coordinates the Opera del vocabolario italiano Program at Notre Dame, and performs a range of editorial tasks for the Devers Series in Dante and Medieval Italian Literature. He also contributes entries to CALMA and MEL (SISMEL, Florence). He is the author of Petrarch’s Humanist Writing and Carthusian Monasticism. The Secret Language of the Self (Brepols, 2013), and co-editor of At the Heart of the Liturgy (Liturgical Press, 2014). His recent translations include: Sorting Out Catholicism (Liturgical Press, 2014), and This Economy Kills: Pope Francis on Capitalism and Social Justice (Liturgical Press, 2015).