Filippo Gianferrari

Filippo Gianferrari


Year Matriculated into Ph.D. Program


Areas of Interest

Late-medieval Italy


BA and MA University of Bologna, MA and MMS University of Notre Dame


I am a medievalist whose research concentrates mostly on the intersections between education and literature in late-medieval and early-modern Italy (ca. 1220-1500). My long-term goal is to help establish an interdisciplinary history of the cultural milieu that prepared the development of Renaissance humanism. My work contributes also to the history of literacy in the West, highlighting its significance as a conduit for a syncretistic reception of Christian and Helleno-Roman traditions, in different vernacular contexts. My doctoral dissertation, which I will submit in March 2017, and defend in April, is entitled “Dante and Thirteenth-Century Latin Education: A Study in Christian Humanism.” (Advisor: Prof. Zygmunt Barański). It aims to fill a major lacuna by providing the first scholarly account of how thirteenth- and fourteenth-century education in Italy fostered a Christian classicizing culture that influenced the initial phase of Renaissance humanism.

Recent Scholarly Activity

  • “Pride and Tyranny: An Unnoted Parallel between Purgatorio 12 and Policraticus 8.20-21.” Dante Notes. Electronic Bulletin of the Dante Society of America (May, 2016). View online
  • Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2016-17 Academic Year)
  • “Dante Scolaro/2: Il modello dell’Ecloga Theoduli e la serie esemplare di Purgatorio 12.” In Atti del terzo seminario dantesco AlmaDante. Università di Bologna, 3-4 giugno 2015. Ed. Giuseppe Ledda (Bologna: Aspasia, forthcoming) 4000 words.
  • “Igor Candido. Boccaccio umanista. Studi su Boccaccio e Apuleio. Ravenna: Longo, 2014. Pp. 165.” Annali d’Italianistica 33 (2015): 418-20. View online.
  • “Dante scolaro: alcune note sul Catone dantesco e i Disticha Catonis.” In Atti del secondo seminario dantesco AlmaDante. Università di Bologna, 28-29 maggio 2014. Ed. Giuseppe Ledda (Bologna: Aspasia, in press), 4000 words.

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