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Elsa Filosa

Elsa Filosa

Assistant Professor of Italian

elsa.filosa@vanderbilt.edu
Office: Furman 228

Curriculum Vitae – October 2012

 

 

Education

Laurea in Lettere, orientamento filologico-letterario, Università degli Studi di Milano, 2000
Ph.D. in Romance Languages, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005

Research interests

The three crowns, particularly Giovanni Boccaccio
Intertextuality between Boccaccio’s Works and Classical Literature
Friendship and Reciprocal Influences between Petrarch and Boccaccio
Italian Novella from Origin to Renaissance
Medieval Representation of Women
Adaptation of Medieval and Renaissance Texts on the Screen

Representative publications

Books

Tre Saggi sul De mulieribus claris. Milano: LED, 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Editor, with Michael Papio, of Boccaccio in America. Proceedings of the 2010 International Boccaccio Conference at The University of Massachusetts Amherst. Ravenna: Longo, 2012.

Reviewed by: Janet Smarr, in The Medieval Review 12.12.11 (2012); Brandon Essary, in Renaissance Quarterly 66 (2013): 327-29.

 

 

 

Articles

  • Scylleum mare: Una nota su Igino e Isidoro nel De montibus di Giovanni Boccaccio” In Urbanistica, formazione e saperi trasversali. Saggi in onore di Enrico Costa. A cura di Giuseppe Caridi. Reggio Calabria: Città del Sole, 2014. Forthcoming.
  • “To Praise Dante, to Please Petrarch: Il Trattatello in Laude di Dante.” Boccaccio: A Critical Guide to the Complete Works. Eds. Victoria Kirkham, Michael Sherberg and Janet Smarr. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. 2013. Forthcoming.
  • Decameron 7: Under the sign of Venus.” Annali d’Italianistica. The Parodist at Work in the Decameron: Rewriting the Christian Middle Ages 31 (2013). Forthcoming.
  • “The Tale of King Agilulf and his Groom (Dec. III.2).” The Decameron: Third Day in PerspectiveLectura Boccaccii. Eds. Pier Massimo Forni and Francesco Ciabattoni. Toronto: Toronto University Press, 2013. Forthcoming.
  • “Breve storia dell’American Boccaccio Association.” Boccaccio in America. Proceedings of the 2010 International Boccaccio Conference at The University of Massachusetts Amherst. Ravenna: Longo, 2012. 21-27.
  • “Modalità di contatto tra Decameron e Corbaccio: Giovenale nella novella di Monna Sismonda (Dec. VII 8).” Modern Language Notes 122.1 (2007): 123-32.
  • “Boccaccio tra storia e invenzione: Dal De fide uxorum erga viros di Valerio Massimo al De mulieribus claris.” Romance Quarterly 54.3 (2007): 219-30.
  • Intertestualità tra Decameron e De mulieribus claris: La tragica storia di Tisbe e Piramo.” Heliotropia 3.1-2 (2005-06).
  • “Secretum e Corbaccio: Possibili interferenze?” Atti del Convegno ‘Petrarca e la Lombardia.’ Milano, 22-23 Maggio 2003. Ed. Giuseppe Frasso, Giuseppe Velli and Maurizio Vitale. Milano: Istituto Lombardo di Scienze e Lettere, 2005. 211-19.
  • “Il mondo alla rovescia nella ‘valle delle donne’: eros muliebre e trasgressione sociale nel Decameron.” La Fusta 13 (2004-05): 9-18.
  • “Dante, Alberto Magno e le pietre preziose: una nota su ambra e alabastro.” Dante Studies 122 (2004): 173-80.
  • Petrarca, Boccaccio e le mulieres clarae: dalla Familiare XXI 8 al De mulieribus claris.” Annali d’Italianistica 22 (2004): 381-95.
  • “Ancora su Seneca (e Giovenale) nel Decameron.” Giornale Storico della Letteratura Italiana 175 (1998): 210-219.

Bibliographies

  • “American Boccaccio Bibliography for 2011-2012.” In collaboration with Christopher Kleinhenz. Heliotropia 10 (2013). Forthcoming.
  • “American Boccaccio Bibliography for 2010.” In collaboration with Christopher Kleinhenz. Heliotropia 8 (2011).
  • “American Boccaccio Bibliography for 2009.” In collaboration with Christopher Kleinhenz. Heliotropia 7 (2010).
  • American Boccaccio Bibliography for 2005-2008.”  In collaboration with Christopher Kleinhenz. Heliotropia 6 (2009).

Reviews

  • Fiorilla, Maurizio. Marginalia figurati nei codici di Petrarca. Firenze: Olschki, 2005. Annali d’Italianistica 24 (2006): 377-78.
  • Marchesi, Simone. Stratigrafie decameroniane. Firenze: Olschki, 2004. Annali d’Italianistica 23 (2005): 266-68.

Invited Lectures

  • “Boccaccio in America.” Universita’ per la Stranieri di Perugia, Italy. May 30, 2013.
  • Decameron, Day 7: Under the Sign of Venus.” Invited Panelist at the Carolina Conference in Romance Languages, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. April 4-6, 2013.
  • “Boccaccio’s Famous Women: a New and Humanist Portrait of Women.” Christopher Newport University, Newport, VA. March 20, 2013.
  • “The Tale of Agilulf and his Groom.” Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT. February 22, 2007.
  • Lectura Boccaccii: reading of Decameron III 2.” Plenary session for the American Boccaccio Association at the Modern Language Association. Philadelphia, PA. December 27-30, 2006.

Fellowships and Awards

- Award by the American Boccaccio Association in recognition for outstanding service. Amherst, MA – May 1st, 2010.
- Dana B. Drake Teaching Award, 2004. Awarded by the Dept. of Romance Languages and Literatures of the UNC at Chapel Hill in recognition of excellence in undergraduate teaching.
- Graduate Dissertation Completion Research Fellowship, 2004-2005. Awarded by the Graduate School of the UNC at Chapel Hill.

Professional Services

- Secretary of the American Boccaccio Association (2008-2011 & 2011-2014).
- Review Editor for The Medieval Review (2012-2014)
- Associate Editor of Heliotropia: a forum for Boccaccio Research and Interpretation
(www.heliotropia.org) from 2008.
- Editor of the American Boccaccio Association Newsletter (2008-2011 & 2011-2014).
- Co-Creator of the American Boccaccio Association Website: www.abaonline.us
- Collaboration with Cheri Montgomery in editing Italian Lyric Diction Workbook. Ed. Cheri – Montgomery. S.T.M. Publishers: Nashville TN, 2008.
- Site evaluator: “Virtual Humanities Lab,” a project developed at Brown University and sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
- Participant in organizing Tavola Italiana, Italian Film Festival, and Events at UNC-CH, Duke University and Vanderbilt University.