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italiano
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On 1 January 2013, a few years in advance, I left teaching. Now I dedicate my time to research, cultural promotion and editorial activities

Since 3 February 2015 I am Emeritus Professor of Italian Literature at the University of Florence.

I have been full Professor of Italian Literature at the Department of Italian of the University of Florence since 1987, teaching and giving courses for the three levels of the Italian academic system: ‘triennio’ (corresponding to the American BA), ‘biennio’ (corresponding to the American Master’s Degree), Dottorato (corresponding to the American PhD).
In May 2010 I was elected Dean of the Faculty.
Until January 2009, I’ve been Director of the SSIS (Scuola di Specializzazione per l’Insegnamento Superiore, the Italian equivalent of the English Teacher’s College) for the District of Tuscany, which comprehends the Universities of Florence, Pisa, and Sienna.
I am a member of the Consiglio Direttivo of the “Società Dantesca Italiana”, of the Commissione per i Testi di Lingua of Bologna, and of two National Committees for the National Editions of the works of Pietro Aretino and Giosue Carducci. I am also President of the GAV (Gruppo di Autovalutazione, a selected Committee in charge of monitoring the activity of my Department along the lines established by the National Ministero dell’Università).
I have been recently leading a research team on the subject of the iconographic fortune of Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso. This research was one of the few totally financed by the MIUR (Ministero dell’Università e della Ricerca), for the years 2007-2010.
I am also currently working on the project of a book on the Italian fiction inspired, in the XVI and XVII Century, by the discovery of the Americas; tentative title: Epos from the new world. Poems of the Discovery of the Americas, 1524-1650.

 

2014 In May, I delivered the keynote lecture Sui ‘Cinque canti’ di Ludovico Ariosto at the international conference ‘Carlo Magno in Italia e la fortuna dei libri di cavalleria', organized by the Romanische Seminar of the University of Zurich. Since the same month of May, I am the President of the publisher 'Forma' in Florence (Art, Design  and contemporary Architecture).

2013 I have been a member of the City of Florence Commission, chaired by the MP Valdo Spini, for the celebrations of the fifth centenary of Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince, and I was part of the Scientific Committee of the exhibition “La via al Principe: Machiavelli da Firenze a San Casciano” organized by the Central National Library of Florence (10 December 2013 - 28 February 2014). For my essay in the catalogue, see Pubblicazioni, 40. In February 2013 I participated in the Conference I libri della Barbèra. Un’avventura editoriale italiana dall’Ottocento ai giorni nostri, organized by the Gabinetto Vieussieux, with a paper on Carducci, la Diamante e il canone letterario dell’Italia unita (see Publications III 41).

Since 2012 I am the chief editor of the series of Italian and foreign classics 'Viva voce', published by Loescher editore both in print and as an audiobook (with a dedicated App).

2011 I participated in the International Conference “Letteratura e unità nazionale", organized by the University of Florence, with a lecture on La poesia politica delle origini: Dante e Petrarca (see Publications III 38).

2009 In April, I lectured in the USA, at the Universities of Berkeley (Ca), Rutgers (NJ), and at the Graduate Center of CUNY (NY), on Apologia di Clizia and Epos from the new world. Poems of the Discovery of the Americas, 1524-1650. In September, I participated in the XXXI Romanistenstag (Bonn University), with a lecture on Oltre Laura. Relazioni di genere nel petrarchismo cinquecentesco.

2008 I participated, in May, at the intensive week of the “Studi del Dottorato Internazionale di Italianistica Firenze-Parigi-Bonn”, held in Paris; I gave a lecture on Paratesti del Petrarchismo cinquecentesco. In June, I delivered the key speech of the “Settimana di Alti Studi Medievali”, in san Gimignano, with a lecture on Rileggendo le origini: poesia civile, politica e morale dei primi secoli della letteratura italiana.

2007 In January, I was nominated by the Presidents of the three Tuscan Universities (Florence, Pisa, Sienna), Director of the SSIS (the Italian equivalent of Teacher’s College). In June, participated in the conference “La letteratura cavalleresca dalle ‘Chanson de geste’ alla ‘Gerusalemme liberata’, organized in Certaldo by the “Centro Europeo di Studi sulla Civiltà Cavalleresca”, with a lecture on Il tempo degli eventi nell’Orlando furioso (see Publications III 31). In July I gave a course on “Machiavelli’s Theater” at the University of Bonn. In October, partecipated in the “Lectura Ariosti”, origanized by the Universities of Padua and Lausanne; in the same month, I delivered a lecture on Carducci: dall’epistolario ai carteggi at the Conference “Giosue Carducci a cento anni dalla morte” (see Publications, III 30). In December, I was elected among the members of the Consiglio Direttivo of the "Società Dantesca Italiana". In December I also finished my contribution to a project which I have been nurturing for many years, regarding the famous Viaggi (Turchia, Persia, India, 1650-1663) of Pietro Della Valle; my essay – Prima dell’orientalismo. I “Viaggi di Pietro della Valle" will be part of a miscellaneous volume, which will accompany the fac-simile of the Della Valle’s manuscript of the Persia, to be published by the Società Geografica Italiana.

2006 I was nominated President of the GAV (Gruppo di Autovalutazione) of the Corso di Laurea in Italianistica. In that competence, I started acting like the main responsible for the Accountability Process of my Department, according to guidelines established by the MIUR (Ministero dell’Università e della Ricerca). In February, I organized, with the collaboration of various Didactic Agencies, a two-days Seminar on “Di triennio in trienni. L’Italiano tra Scuola e Università”, aimed at monitoring the current process of transformation initiated by the recent reform of Italian University System. In May, I participated in the International Conference on “Romance. Dimensions of time and Designs of History”, organized in Jerusalem by the Hebrew University, with an intervention on Ruggiero’s Story. The Making of a Dynastic hero. In December, participated in Florence in the conference “La memoria dell’acqua”, organized by the History Dept of Florence University, delivering a lecture on Fiumi, rivi e fontane: l’acqua nella tradizione poetica italiana.

2005 In October, I took part in the Conference “I libri di battaglia”, which was organized in the cities of Scandiano, Reggio Emilia, and Bologna, with a lecture on Arcaismi cavallereschi nel Rinaldo’ di Torquato Tasso (see Publications III 29). In November, I was in Nancy for the International Conference on “ La mémoire historique dans les Arts et les Lettres des aires romanes”. where I delivered a lecture on La memoria della Repubblica. Gli anni del Consiglio Grande nella letteratura fiorentina del Cinquecento (see Publications III 28) In November I started a series of Dante readings, along with some distinguished Italian actors, at the Teatro “La Pergola”, in Florence; the readings went on until Spring 2006, and took place again in the following years 2007, 2008, and 2010.

2004 In March, participated in a Seminar at CIRRI (Paris, Sorbonne V) with a talk on Il paesaggio di prova’ nel romanzo cavalleresco italiano (see Publications, III 32); in November, I took part in the “Celebrazioni del V Centenario della nascita di Giovan Battista Giraldi Cinzio”, in the writer’s native city of Ferrara, lecturing on Il racconto del matrimonio negli ‘Hecatommiti’ del Giraldi (see Publications, III 25); in December, I intervened in the “Romanisches Seminar der Universitat Bonn”, directed by Paul Geyer, with a Seminar on Machiavelli e il tiranno.

2003 In September, I gave the opening speech at the International Seminar “Encounters” organized by “Synapsis”, the Research Center for Comparative Literature jointly sponsored by the Universities of Siena and Bologna (see Publications, I 5). In September, I also gave one of the opening speeches at the annual meeting of ADI (Associazione degli italianisti), with a lecture on Narrare in versi (see Publications 22); in October, I was guest lecturer at the Universities of Harvard and Yale. Published a volume of essays on the chivalric Renaissance Literature: Studi Cavallereschi (see Publications I 5). Organized a Conference, held at my Department, on “Paladini di carta. Il modello cavalleresco fiorentino”, accompanied by an exhibit of manuscripts and ancient prints of chivalric matter, at the Florentine “Biblioteca Riccardiana”.

2001 Completed, in collaboration with Prof. Gino Tellini, a Department colleague, a new text-book of Italian Literature for high school and undergraduate students: Itinerari dell’invenzione, Firenze, Sansoni, 7 voll.

2000 Was elected Presidente (Dean of students) of the Corso di Laurea in Italianistica, and was actively involved in the reform of Italian University system. Since then, I was responsible for the organization, in Florence, of the Courses of Italian for the SSIS (see above).

1999 Was appointed by the Université de Nancy to teach two courses for the agrégation during the winter term. The appointment was renovated for the two following academic years. Topics of the courses: Saba, Ariosto, Montale, Boccaccio, Pascoli, Dante’s Vita nuova.

1998 Started my collaboration with the Florentine Program of Stanford University.

1996 Started my collaboration with the Florentine Program of Georgetown University at Villa “Le Balze”. Published two chapters (on Boiardo and on the Renaissance novella) in the Storia della Letteratura Italiana edited by E.Malato (see Publications, III 18,19). Was nomínated among the members of the Committee for the “Edizione Nazionale delle Opere di Giosue Carducci”. In June, I was nominated among the “soci” of  the “Commissione per i Testi di Lingua” of Bologna.

1995 Completed and published the work of many years: an edition, with commentary, of Boiardo’s Orlando innamorato (see Publications, II 5). Partecipated, with an opening paper (Ferrara: Images of a Renaissance State) in the Conference on “Ferrara: Cultural Changes from Boiardo to Tasso”, held in Chicago, Newberry Líbrary, April 27-29 (see Publications III 24). Partecipated, with a final address on the Studi tassiani di Lanfranco Caretti, in the Conference on T.Tasso organized in Ferrara for the Fifth Centenary of the death of the poet  (see Publications, III 17).

1993-94 Was appointed by the University of Berkeley as Chair of Italian Culture for that year; gave courses on Machiavelli and on XIXth century Italian Poetry. The title of the public lecture requested from the incumbent of the Chair was Throne of Blood. Machiavellian politics and the Rebirth of Tragedy on the Italian Renaissance Stage.

1991 Partecipated in three Conferences: in Siena, on “The Ingannati and Shakespeare” with a paper on Gli Intronati e la cultura senese del Cinquecento; in Chicago (Northwestern University), on “Literature and History in Italian Trecento”, with a paper on The Poor in the Decameron; in Rome, on “Sviluppi della drammaturgia pastorale nell’Europa del Cinque-Seicento”, with a paper on Alberto Lollio’s pastorali (see Publications, III 15).

1990 Nominated member of the National Committee for the Edizione Nazionale delle opere di Pietro Aretino. Started my collaboration with the “Sarah Lawrence Program” in Florence.

1989 Was called to the Facoltà di Lettere of Florence for the full position of Italian Literature. I have since given courses on Tasso (1989-90), Boccaccio (1990-91), Ariosto (1991-92), Sacchetti (1992-93), Boiardo (1993-94), Guicciardini (1994-95), Giovanni Della Casa (1996-97), Tasso (1997-98), Machiavelli (1998-99), Petrarca (2000-01), Ariosto (2001-02 and 2003-04), Tasso (2002-03), Boccaccio (2004-05), La letteratura cavalleresca (2005-06), La lirica antica (2006-07), La novella delle origini (2007-08), Il motto nella novellistica italiana (2008-09), Ludovico Ariosto: il romanzo e le novelle (2008-09); Il tempo dei cavalieri: tecniche narrative del romanzo cavalleresco italiano; Giovanni Verga novelliere (2009-10); Il Decameron del Boccaccio: il 'libro' e le novelle (2010-11); Lettura dell'Orlando furioso (2011-12).
Funded, with other Florentíne colleagues, the journal “Studi Italiani”, of which I am Director along with two other members of my Department. In April I was elected Chairman of the Italian Department (confirmed for another term in 1991). In that competence, I started a series of Publications emanating from the Department (with the publisher Bulzoni of Rome). The first title were the proceedings of a Conference on Teorie del romanzo nel primo Ottocento, that I edited wíth the collaboration of a florentine colleague, Roberta Turchi. Organized and partecipated to the Conference on G.B.Giraldi (“Giornate di studio su G.B.Giraldi Cinzio”, April 27-29): see Publicatíons, 14. During the summer I taught courses on Dante and modern Italian Literature at Dartmouth College, Hannover (NH).

1987 Coordinated, as the final result of my work at the Istituto di Studi Rinascimentali di Ferrara, the exhibit I libri di Orlando innamorato (see the catalogue, Modena, Panini, 1987) and the Conference “Tipografie e romanzi in Valpadana”, held in Ferrara, February 1988. Won the national competition (‘concorso’) for Full Professor of Italian Literature, and was called to the Facoltà di Magistero of Florence (while keeping pro tempore the position of Letteratura Teatrale Italiana at the Facoltà di Lettere). In that competence, I gave courses on Boiardo (1987-88) and Boccaccio (1988-89).

1986-88 Was member of the national committee for the choice of the new Associate Professors of Italian Literature

1986 Was nominated Research Associate at the Harvard Center for Renaissance Studies, Villa I Tatti, Florence

1985 Partecipated in the Conference “Carducci: il poeta” (part of the national celebrations for the writer’s centenary) and returned to my primal research field with an essay on Carducci’s prose (see Publicatíons, III 9).

1982 Won the ‘concorso’ (national contest) for Associate Professor, and was called to the Facoltà di Lettere of Florence to fulfill the position in the discipline of Letteratura Teatrale Italiana. In that competence, I gave courses on Machiavelli’s comedies (1982-3), Tasso’s Theater (1983-4), Pietro Aretino (1984-5), Pietro Metastasio (1985-6), the Comedy of the Renaissance (1986-7), the Quattrocento Court Theater (1987-8), Goldoni (1988-9 and 1989-90), the Tragedy in the Renaissance (1990-1), the early Quattrocento Florentine Theater (1991-2).

1981-82 Was Fulbright visiting Professor at Barnard College and Columbia University, giving courses on Italian and especially Ferrarese Renaissance. Gave the 1982 Lorenzo Da Ponte Lecture at Columbia University, on Epica e romanzo fra Ariosto e Tasso; other lectures were given in Providence, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal.

1980 Participated in Conferences in Ferrara (“La corte e lo spazio”) and in Tours (“Les jeux à la Renaissance”) with contributions on Tasso and the “giuochi di veglia” in Siena (see Publications, I 4, III 4). As a member of the Istituto di Studi Rinascimentali of Ferrara and coordinator of the “Archivio della tradizione cavalleresca” I started and encouraged researches on Boiardo and the Ferrarese chivalric tradition.

1978 Participated in the International Conference “Renaissance Theater in Northern Italy: the Court and the City” (New York, november 13-17) with another contribution on Giraldi (then also in Stagioni della civiltà estense). From this date on, regular relationships were established with a great number of American Institutions and American colleagues operating in the field of Italian and European Renaissance.

1975 Participated in the second Conference for Ariosto’s Centenary, on “Cultura e società al tempo di Ludovico Ariosto” (October 22-26; the proceedings were published as Il Rinascimento nelle corti padane. Società e cultura). My contribution – La corte in scena. Genesi politica della tragedia ferrarese – was also later included in the volume Stagioni della civiltà estense.

1974 Participated in the International Conference “L. Ariosto: lingua, stile e tradizione”, organized by Cesare Segre for Ariosto’s Fifth Centenary (October, 12-16). My contribution on ‘Ventura’ e ‘inchiesta’ tra Boiardo e Ariosto was than a chapter of my book on Ferrara’s civilization, Stagioni della civiltà estense (see Publications, I 4). With the critical edition of the tragedy Canace, by Giovanni Falugi, which was published this year, I started my philological training, which culminated in the edition of “Trionfi” and “canti carnascialeschi” of the Renaissance (1986). See Publications, II 1-5.

1974-83 Assistant Professor at the Facoltà di Lettere of Florence, while completing my didactic and scientific training.

1972-74 Won a Fellowship (Borsa di Studio per l’addestramento didattico e scientifico) at the Facoltà di Lettere of Florence. I shifted my research from late nineteenth century (the subject of my final thesis at the Facoltà di Lettere of Florence) to Renaissance, especially to the Florentine Literature (Machiavelli) and Ferrarese civilization (Giraldi and birth of modern tragedy). See Publications, I 2, 3.

1971 Won the Prize “Giovanni Papini” granted every years by the University of Florence to the best Literature Graduate.

1970 Graduated summa cum laude (110 e lode) from the Facoltà di Lettere with a final dissertation in Italian Literature, under the guidance of Lanfranco Caretti, on Le lettere dí Gíosue Carducci. The dissertation was discussed by Professors Caretti, Domenico De Robertis, Giuliano Innamorati. This work was than published as a book: Carducci nelle lettere. Il personaggio e il prosatore (sse Publications, I 1).

1965-70 Attended the Facoltà di Lettere, Florence, studying under professors, among the others, Lanfranco Caretti, Gianfranco Contini, Eugenio Garin, Mina Gregori, Giovanni Nencioni, Alessandro Perosa

 

From the beginning of my career, I have also collaborated with notes and reviews to many literary magazines (“Studi e problemi di critica testuale”, “Fi1ologia, e critica”, “Antologia Vieusseux”, “Belfagor”, “Paragone”, “Letterature comparate”, “Studi italiani”). From the beginning of my career, I was involved with planning and publishing textbooks for high school and the university: see Publications, IV.