November 20, 2002
Professor Teodolinda Barolini (Columbia University): "Notes Toward a Gendered History of Early Italian Literature"
Professor Barolini is currently President of the Dante Society of America and is Lorenzo Da Ponte Professor of Italian at Columbia University. She has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, New York University, Brown University, and Johns Hopkins University. She has been a visiting professor at Notre Dame University and a Guggenheim Fellow. Dr. Barolini is the author of many important books and articles, including Dante's Poets: Textuality and Truth in the Comedy (Princeton, 1984),which was awarded the John Nicholas Brown Prize of the Medieval Academy and the Howard R. Marraro Prize of the Modern Language Association, and The Undivine Comedy: Detheologizing Dante (Princeton, 1992). Among her numerous articles are studies of Boccacio, Dante, and the Renaissance lyric. She is currently working on a two-volume study of the early lyric.