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Giuseppe Di Scipio



Giuseppe Di Scipio, Professor, PhD, CUNY, Middle Ages, Dante & Renaissance

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1977: Ph.D. The Graduate School and University Center, CUNY, Comparative Literature Specialization in Dante and the Middle Ages.

1971: MA. Hunter College, Italian Language and Literature.

1969: B.A., Cum Laude, Hunter College. Honors in French and Italian.




Telling Tales: Medieval Narratives and the Folk Tradition. N.Y.: St. Martin’s Press, 1999.Co-­editor with Francesea Canadè Sautman and Diana Conchado.

The Presence of Pauline Thought in the Works of Dante. Lewiston, New York and London: Mellen Press, 1995.

Dante’s Lyric Poetry, J. Tusiani translator, Introduction and Notes by G. Di Scipio, 244 pages. New York-Toronto: Legas, 1991. Revised and reprinted, 1999.

‘The Divine Comedy’ and the Encyclopedia of Arts and Sciences. Amsterdam-Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 1988, 385 pp. With illustrations, hard and soft cover editions. Co-edited with Aldo Scaglione.

The Symbolic Rose in Dante’s “Paradiso”. Ravenna: Longo, 1984. Collana: “Interprete”, n. 42, pp. 176.

Dante’s “Paradiso”, A. Mandelbaum, trans. Co-author of  Notes, pp. 309-429. New York:Bantam, 1985.

Journal Special Issue: The Italian Tale, in Marvels and Tales. Vol. VII, No. 1, May 1993, 310 pages. University of Colorado.


Essays, Articles and Book Chapters

“Dante`s Divine Comedy” in The Literary Encyclopedia , 12  pp. , see The Literary Dictionary Company  2008.

“Giordano Bruno” in The Literary Encyclopedia, 6  pp. ,  see The Literay Dictionary Company Limited  , 2008.

“Italian Culture in New York City”, in Rome and New York City Comparative Urban Problems at the end of the 20th Century, eds. Victor Goldsmith and Eugenio Sonnino, Rome: Casa Editrice Universitaria La Sapienza, 2007, pp. 281-292.

Encyclopedia of Sex & Gender. Detroit, N.Y., San Francisco, London: Thompson Gale, McMillan Reference, 2007. 4vols.

Article entries: Thomas Aquinas, pp. 78-80;  Beatrice (1265-1290), pp. 123-124; 

Boccaccio, Giovanni (1313-1375), pp. 164-165;  Catholicism, pp. 241-245; 

Courtly Love, pp. 353-356;      Dante Aligheri (1265-1321), pp. 370-373;

Eros, pp. 467-470;  Gentlieschi, Artemisia(1595-1652), pp. 646-648; 

Juvenal (c. 55-127), pp. 824-825; Mary Magdalene, pp. 959-961; 

Paul (Saint), pp. 1108-1110, Saints, Male and Female, pp. 1290-1293; 

Song of Songs, pp. 1411-1413; Susanna at Her Bath, pp. 1442-1443.

Encyclopedia of Notorious Lives. Salem, N.C. : Salem Press, 2007.

Entries:  Giuseppe Fieschi, Corsican adventurer and criminal, pp. 353-355;

Salvatore Giuliano, Sicilian outlaw, pp. 413-414;

Ante Pavelić, Croatian dictator (1941-1945), pp. 813-815.  

“San Tommaso e il ‘suo latino’” “in La Ciociaria tra Scrittori e Cineasti, a cura di Franco Zangrilli. Pesaro: Meaturo, 2004, pp. 37-54.

“Dante Writes the Divina Commedia” in Great Events in History: The Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Salem, N.C.: Salem Press, 2004, pp….. 

The Dante Encyclopedia, ed. Richard Lansing. New York and London: Garland Publish. Co.,    2000. Entries:  Blasphemy, pp.108-109; Capaneus, pp.141; St. Paul, pp. 679-680; The White Rose, pp. 881-883.

The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales: The Western Fairy Tale Tradition from Medieval to  Modern. Oxford and New York, 2000. Article entries:

Antonio Baldini, p.340;   Giuseppe  Bonaviri, pp. 19-20;   Bruno Cicognani, p. 95;

Carlo  Emilio Gadda, p. 190;     Guido Gozzano, p. 214;   Luigi Malerba, p. 312;

C. Michelstaeder,  p. 318;  Angelo Silvio Novaro, p. 358; Giuseppe Pontiggia, p. 392;    Lalla Romano, p.417;

Francesca Sanvitale, p.434;  Italo Svevo, p. 508.

Medieval Folklore, An Encyclopedia of Myth, Legends, Tales, Beliefs, and Customs. Carl Lindhal, John McNamara, John Lindow,  eds.. Santa Barbara, Cal.; Denver, Col; Oxford, England: ABC-CLIO, 2000.  Article Entries:

Dante Alighieri, pp. 220-227; Decameron, pp. 228-232; Italian Tradition,  pp.527-537;  Novella, pp. 715-719. 

“In atto soave: Maria nel Purgatorio”, pp. 85-102. In Maria Vergine nella Letteratura Italiana, ed. Florinda Iannace. Stony Brook, New York: Forum Italicum  Press, 2000. 


Articles, chapters in books and essays before 2000 

“Paradiso 24” in Dante’s “Divine Comedy” Introductory Reading’s III: “Paradiso”, ed. Tibor Wlassics. Charlottesville: Virginia 1995.

“Dialogue with Francesca Sanvitale” in Italian Journal. 1993, No. 2, Vol. VII.

“Religion and Death in Il Gattopardo: A Meditation through  Montaigne”, in Etica

Cristiana e Scrittori del Novecento, Florida lannace, ed. New York: Filibrary, No. 5, 1993, pp.39-60.

“Lectura Dantis” Purgatorio XXI, The Canadian Journal Italian Studies, Vol XV, 1992, pp. 81-93.

“Dante’s Epistle V and St. Paul”, 22 pp. In Voices in Translation: The Authority ofOlde Bookes” in Medieval Literature, eds. Deborah Sinnreich and Gail Sigal. New York: AMS Press, 1991.

“Religion and Death in Il Gattopardo,” Italian Journal, Summer 1991, 25 pp.

“Literary Models and Folk Traditions: Ganfo the Fool in Giovanni Sercambi’s Novelliere. Medieval Folklore, Vol.1, N. 1, Spring 1991, 23 pp.

“La Megalopoli Americana, oggi” in Comunità Europea e Democrazia Americana:Originalita e Confronti Edizioni del CEISLO, 1991. Genova: Key Desktop Publishing, 1991.

Inferno XIV”, in Lectura Dantis Virginiana, Spring 1990, N. 6, Supplement, pp. 173-188.

“Common Men- Memories and Values” in Italian Journal, Vol. IV, 1990, No. 3/4.

“Pirandello and Politics: La Nuova Colonia”, in Italian Journal, 1989, N. 5, Vol. III.

“Pirandello’s La Nuova Colonia”, in EKKUK NUA 20, Athens, Greece, March 1989, pp. 51-56. Special issue on Pirandello.

“Marco Polo: A Man of Our Age,” in Italian Journal: A Quarterly Digest of Italian Affairs Vol. II, N. 4, 1988, pp. 52-59.

“Giovanni Sercambi’s Tale XXXVIII: ‘De superbia et pauco bene”, in Marvels and Tales (University of Colorado), Dec. 1988, Vol. II, No. 2,28-35.

“Giovanni Sercambi’s Novelle: Sources and Traditions,” in Marvels and Tales, Vol. II, No. 1, 1988, pp. 25-35

“Eugenio Montale,” in Survey of Modern Poetry. Pasadena: Salem Press, 1988,pp.875-882

“Dante and Politics,” in The Divine Comedy and the Encyclopedia of Arts and Sciences. Amsterdam:John Benjamins, 1988, pp. 267-284.

“La Candida rosa’ di Dante e la cattedrale gotica,” in Letteratura Italiana e Arti Figurative, Florence: Olschki, 1988, pp. 253-259.

“Giovanni Battista Niccolini,” in Critical Survey of Modem Drama. Pasadena: Salem Press, 1986, pp. 1428-34.

“Note sul Cantico di Frate Sole,” in Canadian Journal of Italian Studies. 9, No. 32, 198

A Coney Island of the Mind’ (Ferlinghetti): Images and Perspectives,” NEMLA Italian Studies, 1985, pp. 81-90.

“Italian-American Theatre on the Rise,” in Journal of American Culture, Winter, 1985, pp.103-109.

“The Hebrew Women in Dante’s Symbolic Rose,” Dante Studies, No. 101, 1983, pp. 111

“Christological Symbolism in Silone’s Il Segreto di Luca”, NEMLA Italian Studies, 6, 1982, pp. 51-63.

“De Re militari in Machiavelli’s Prince and More’s Utopia, Moreana, XX, No.77, 1982 pp. 11-22.

“Dante and St. Paul: the Blinding Light and Water, “Dante Studies, 98, 1980, pp. 151-15

“The Structure of the Rose in Dante’s Paradiso”, Canadian Journal of Italian Studies, II, Fall-Winter 1978, pp.19-39.


Book Reviews selected 

Dante and the Franciscans by Santa Casciani, ed. Reviewed Renaissance Quarterly, Fall 2007, pp. 1307-1309.

The Dante Colloquia in Australia 1982-1990 in Forum Italicum Fall 2002.

Alison Cornish and Dana E. Stewart, ed. Sparks and Seeds: Medieval Literature and its Afterlife: Essays in Honor of John Freccero, in Renaissance Quaterly, Vol. LVI, N.3, Autumn 2003, 758-760

Guy P. Raffa. Divine Dialectic: Dante’s Incarnational Poetry. Toronto and Buffalo: University of Toronto Press 2001, in Renaissance Quaterly, Vol LVI, N.2, Summer 2003, 459-460

Brenda, Deen Schildgen. Dante and the Orient. Chicago and Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press 2002, in Renaissance Quaterly, Summer 2004

The Noble Savage. Allegory of Freedom, by Stelio Cro. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1990.  In Differentia: A Review of Italian Thought, N. 6-7 (Spring-Autumn 1994 ), pp. 345-346.

Vida Nova de Dante Alighieri. Traducción, Dario Xohan. A Coruna, Galiza: Ediciones Espiral Maior, 1994. In Anuario. 1995.

Dante’s Paradise, Translated with Notes and Commentary by Mark Musa. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1984. In Italica, 1985.

The Transfiguration of History at the Center of Dante’s “Paradise”, by Jeffrey Schnapp. Princeton University Press, 1986 in Forum Italicum, XXIII, 1-2 (1989).

Giacomo Leopardi, Poems, Translated by Arturo Vivante. Welflet, Mass.: Delphinum Press, 1988, in Italian Journal, Vol. IV, N. 3-4, 1990.

Saggi su Ruskin, by Claudia Corradini. Florence: Olschki, 1989 in Italian Journal, Vol. V, N. 2, 1991.

Alle Origini del Bel Gherardino, by Maria Bendinelli Predelli, Florence: Olschki, 1990 in Medieval Folklore, N. 2, 1992.


Conferences and Lectures 1999-2008 (selected)

 “Tommaso Campanella and Dante” Renaissance Studies Conference, Chicago, April 6-8, 2008.

“Imperial Food at the Court of Frederic II”, paper read at the Graduate Center CUNY,  Oct. 23, 2007.

“Slavery in Renaissance  Florence”, Renaissance Studies Conference, New York City, April 2004.

Moderator in the Session “Narrating Trauma” in Memory and Narrative Graduate Student Conference, Ph.D. Program in French, April 5, 2002.

Chaired Sessions: Postmodern/ Pre-modern Series I, Medieval Worlds, February 23, 2001;

Postmodern Pre-modern, Series II, Renaissance and Baroque, March 30, 2001. French Doctoral Program, Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Co-Chair with Francesca Canade’ Sautman, Graduate Seminar: “Objects, Currency, Exchange in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.” April 2, 2001. The Graduate School and University Center, French Doctoral Program.

Chaired session, “Eros and Mysticism”, at the Dante 2000 Conference, Columbia University, April 7-9, 2000, sponsored by the Dante Society of America.

Organizer of AAIS (American Association of Italian Studies) and Chair of two sessions on Letteratua e Giornalismo and Boccacio at the Sheraton New York Hotel, April 13-15, 2000.

Chaired session: “Textuality” in Guido Cavalcanti: An International Symposium. Friday November 10-Saturday, November 11, 2000 New York University and the Italian Cultural Institute, New York.

“Jorge Luis Borges and Dante” paper read at the Jorge Luis Borges Symposium, Hunter College on October 29, 1999.


Conferences and Lectures 1981-1985(selected)

May 16, 1981, “The Importance of Studying a second Language”, sponsored by ACIM an the Italian American Committee on Education.

April 4, 1982, “Christological Symbolism in Silone’s Il Segredo di Luca”, NEMLA Conference.

April 1 5, 1 982, “A Journey through Dante’s Inferno”, invited lecture, Fordham Universit

December 1982, “Leopardi’s Theory of Poetry in the Zibaldone”, MLA Convention.

April 14-16, 1983, “Gradatio of Admiration: Beatrice, St. Bernard, Mary in Paradiso XXXI”, NEMLA Conference.

April 14-16, 1983, “Religion and the Church in Lampedusa’s IL Gattopardo”, NEMLA Conference.

March 15, 1984, “Dante and Gothic Architecture”, invited lecture, Fordham University, Alpha Mu Gamma

March 30, 1984, “Ferlinghetti’s  A Coney Island of the Mind Images and Perspectives”, NEMLA Conference.

June 20, 1984, Response paper to “Motivazioni allo studio dell’italiano negli stati uniti” (Prof U. Vignuzzi, Universita` di Roma), Convegno di studio sul1’ Italiano negli Stati Uniti, Fordham University, June 19-22.

December 29, 1984, “Alvise Cornaro and the Universal Rule of Temperate Life”, MLA Convention.

February 5, 1985, “Dante and Gothic Architecture, 11”, invited lecture, Humanities Institute, Brooklyn College.

March 9, 1985, “The Role of Language Learning in Education for International Communication and Understanding”, invited lecture, Adelphi University.

March 29, 1985, “Pirandello’s Idea of God in Lazarus”, NEMLA Conference.

May 6-10, 1985, “La Rosa simbolica di Dante e la cattedrale gotica”, Associazione Internazionale di Studio della Lingua e Letteratura Italiana, University of Toronto.

October 10, 1985, “Victor Hugo’s Italian Connection”, International Symposium on Victor Hugo’s Centenary, invited lecture, Hunter College.


Conferences and Lectures 1986-1991 (selected)

April 4, 1986, “Dante on Faith, Hope and Charity and I Corinthians”, NEMLA Conference, Rutgers University.

April 11, 1986, “Dante and St. Paul: Love and Prophecy”, AAIS Conference, University Toronto; also chair of Pirandello section.

April 16, 1986, “Pirandello and Politics”, invited lecture, Pirandello Symposium, Hofstra University.

April 30, 1986, “Round Table on Italy Today”, Organizer and participant, Hunter College.

November 23, 1986, organizer, Pirandello Symposium: The Other Tongue, Graduate School and University Center of CUNY; introduction paper.

December 29, 1986, “Curtius’ Contribution to Dante Studies”, MLA Conference and Chair the “Curtius Centenary II” section.

February 28, 1987, “Dante’s Idea of Peace of Justice: Augustine and St. Paul”, invited lecture, symposium, War and Peace in the Middle Ages, Fordham University. (Generated by PS CUNY award).

April 3, 1987, “Nicholas Schonberg’s Account of Thomas More’s Last Day”, NEMLA, Boston.

April 24, 1987, “Dante’s Inferno and Virgil”, with the Classics Department, Hunter College.

October 5, 1987, “Dante Poet of the Earth”, invited lecture, Provost’s seminars, CUNY Graduate Center. (Generated by PSC-CUNY research award)

October 7, 1987, lecture, “Inferno XXIII: Virgil, St. Paul”, at Hunter College. (Generate by PSC-CUINY award)

November 3, 1987, invited lecture, “Dante and Peace: A Pauline Matrix”, University of Fairfield, Fairfield, Ct. (generated by PSC-CUNY award)

March 24-26, 1988, “Giovanni Sercambi’s Novelle and Popular Traditions”, NEMLA Conference, Providence, RI.

May 3, 1988, “Dante the Poet and His Mission”, invited lecture, CUNY Graduate Center CUNY Medieval Club.

May 26-29, 1988, “The Other as Religious Body: Marco Polo Meets the East, “Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Culture, Hampton University Virginia.

April 2, 1989, “The Image of the Fool in Sercambi’s Novelliere.”, NEMLA Conference, University of Delaware, Wilmington.

April 29, 1989, “Purgatorio XXI”, Lectura Dantis, 42nd  Kentucky Foreign Language Conference.

April 21, 1990, “St. Paul in the Convivio”, American Association of Italian Studies, Annual Conference, University of Virginia.

March 31, 1990, “Religion and Death in Lampedusa’s II Gattopardo”, International Conference on Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, The Impact of Il Gattopardo Thirty Years After the English Edition. Sponsored by the Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana, New York University, The Program in Italian Studies, CUNY Graduate Center.

September 8-11, 1991, Congresso Ceislo (Centro Internazionale Studi Lombardi, Olginate, Lecco), “The American Megalopolis Today.’

October 6, 1991, “Voices in Humanism”, NEH Sponsored Teacher Seminar at SUNY Purchase.

May 9, 1991, “St. Paul in Popular Traditions’ Medieval Studies International Conference, Kalamazoo, Michigan

November 21, 1991, “Naples: The Lost Renaissance”. Chair of session Cultural Relations and Music. The Graduate School and University Center.

April 3-5, 1992 North East MLA: Buffalo, N.Y., “Dante and the Figurative Arts”.

April 9-12, American Association of Italian Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, “Purgatorio XXI: Myth and Legend”.

May 7-10, Medieval Studies Conference, Kalamazoo, Mich. “Pauline Text and Subtext in Dante’s  Monarchia”.

February 24, 1993, “Lectura Dantis” Inferno 1 and 2, Hunter College. 

March 17, 1993, “Lectura Dantis” Inferno V and X, Hunter College.

St. Paul and Dante on Charity, Fordham University, March 1993

“Turoldo and Dante: The Sign of the Tau”, Symposium: “Arts Poetica: A Homage to David Maria Turoldo, New York.

November 17-18, 1993, CUNY Graduate Center.

“Dante: Traduzione e traduttori”, Convegno Internazionale “Attualità e fortuna di Dante nel mondo”, Penne (Pescara), Italy.

November 25-26, 1993, “La Fontaine: Ariosto and Boccacio”. Jean de la Fontaine, International Colloquium, April 12-13, 1995, Hunter College and the New York Public Library.


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