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Rime Giovanili e della Vita Nuova

Il nome di Dante è nel pensiero di molti indissolubilmente legato al titolo della sua opera maggiore: la Divina Commedia. È facile dimenticare che il grande poema fu solo il punto d'arrivo di un percorso iniziato nella prima giovinezza. Leggere le Rime, dai sonetti giovanili alla vitalistica esuberanza di Sonar bracchetti e alle atmosfere oniriche di Guido, i' vorrei fino alle liriche poi raccolte nella Vita Nuova, come Donne ch'avete e Tanto...

 

Petrarch and the Textual Origins of Interpretation

This volume addresses one of the most far-reaching aspects of Petrarch research and interpretation: the essential interplay between Petrarch’s texts and their material preparation and reception...

 

Dante and the Origins of Italian Literary Culture

In this book, Teodolinda Barolini explores the sources of Italian literary culture in the figures of its lyric poets and its “three crowns”: Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio...

Winner of the 2007 Premio Flaiano in italianistica

Review in June 2007 Issue of CHOICE

Review in Renaissance Quarterly Vol. LX, Number 3, Fall 2007

Review in ENCOMIA: Bibliographical Bulletin of the International Courtly Literature Society 28 (2006) 

 

Dante for the New Millennium

The twenty-five original essays in this remarkable book constitute both a state-of-the-art survey of Dante scholarship and a detailed manifesto for new understanding of one of the world's great poets...

 

The Undivine Comedy:Detheologizing Dante

Accepting Dante's prophetic truth claims on their terms, Teodolinda Barolini proposes a "detheologized" reading as a global new approach to the Divine Comedy. Not aimed at excising theological concerns from Dante, this approach instead attempts to break out of the hermeneutic guidelines that Dante structured into his poem...

One of The Guardian's Top Ten Books for Dante Lovers...

 

La "Commedia" senza Dio: Dante e la creazione di una realtà virtuale

In una dialettica tra credere e non credere, Teodolinda Barolini analizza, partendo da Auerbach e Nardi, la retorica del vero dantesca che, sul piano della finzione narrativa, sostituisce Dio come garante della verità...


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Dante's Poets: Textuality and Truth in the Comedy

By systematically analyzing Dante's attitudes toward the poets who appear throughout his texts, Teodolinda Barolini examines his beliefs about the limits and purposes of textuality and, most crucially, its relationship to truth...


Il Miglior Fabbro: Dante e i Poeti Della Commedia

Nell’atteggiamento di Dante verso i poeti c’è molto più della libertà di giudizio riconosciutagli dai contemporanei: ci sono, decifrabili come i segni che le anime c ompongono nel cielo di Giove, i tratti di una ideale autobiografia poetica. Il suo testo è la Commedia...

 


 

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Essays


1. “Svevo’s Theatre in the Light L’avventura di Maria.” Italica 55 (1978): 449-460.

2. “Bertran de Born and Sordello: The Poetry of Politics in Dante’s Comedy.” PMLA 94 (1979): 395-405.

3. “The Wheel of the Decameron.” Romance Philology 36 (1983): 521-539.

4. “Giovanni Boccaccio.” European Writers: The Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Ed. W.T.H. Jackson. 2 vols. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1983. 2:509-534.

5. “Re-presenting What God Presented: The Arachnean Art of the Terrace of Pride.” Dante Studies 105 (1987): 43-62.

5a. “Ricreare la creazione divina: l’arte aracnea nella cornice dei superbi.” Studi americani su Dante. Eds. G. C. Alessio and R. Hollander. Milano: Franco Angeli, 1989. Pp. 145-164.

6. “Dante’s Heaven of the Sun as a Meditation on Narrative.” Lettere Italiane 40 (1988): 3-36.

7. “Detheologizing Dante: For a ‘New Formalism’ in Dante Studies.” Quaderni d’italianistica 10.1-2 (1988): 35-53.

8. “The Making of a Lyric Sequence: Time and Narrative in Petrarch’s Rerum vulgarium fragmenta.” MLN 104 (1989): 1-38.

9. “True and False See-ers in Inferno 20.” Lectura Dantis: A Forum for Dante Research and Interpretation 4 (1989): 42-54.

10. “Arachne, Argus, and St. John: Transgressive Art in Dante and Ovid.” Mediaevalia 13 (1989): 207-226.

11. “Dante and the Troubadours: An Overview.” Tenso 5.1 (1989): 3-10.

12. “Q: Does Dante Hope for Vergil’s Salvation? A: Why Do We Care? For the Very Reason We Should Not Ask the Question.” MLN 105 (1990): 138-144, 147-149.

13. “For the Record: The Cangrande Epistle and Various ‘American Dantisti.’” Lectura Dantis: A Forum for Dante Research and Interpretation 6 (1990): 140-143.

14. “Narrative and Style in Lower Hell.” Annali d’Italianistica 8 (1990): 314-344.

14a. “Stile e narrativa nel basso inferno dantesco.” Lettere Italiane 42 (1990): 173-207.

15. “Dante and the Lyric Past.” The Cambridge Companion to Dante. Ed. R. Jacoff. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993. Pp. 14-33.

16. “‘Why Did Dante Write the Commedia?’ or The Vision Thing.” Dante Studies 111 (1993): 1-8.

17, “Le parole son donne e i fatti son maschi: Toward a Sexual Poetics of the Decameron (Dec. II 10).” Studi sul Boccaccio 21 (1993): 175-197.

18. “Cominciandomi dal principio infino a la fine: Forging Anti-Narrative in the Vita Nuova.” La gloriosa donna de la mente: A Commentary on the ‘Vita Nuova.’ Ed. V. Moleta. Firenze: Olschki, 1994. Pp. 119-140.

19. “Minos’s Tail: The Labor of Devising Hell (Inferno 5.1-24).” Romanic Review 87 (1996): 437-454.

20. “Dante’s Ulysses: Narrative and Transgression.” Dante: Contemporary Perspectives. Ed. A. A. Iannuncci. Major Italian Author Series. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997. Pp. 113-132.

21. “Guittone’s Ora parrà, Dante’s Doglia mi reca, and the Commedia’s Anatomy of Desire.” In: Seminario Dantesco Internazionale: International Dante Seminar 1. Ed. Z. Baranski. Firenze: Le Lettere, 1997. Pp. 3-23.

22. “Dante and Cavalcanti (On Making Distinctions in Matters of Love): Inferno 5 in its Lyric Context.” Dante Studies 116 (1998): 31-63.

23. “Dante and Francesca da Rimini: Realpolitik, Romance, Gender.” Speculum 75 (2000): 1-28.

24. “Medieval Multiculturalism and Dante’s Theology of Hell.” The Craft and the Fury: Essays in Honor of Glauco Cambon. Ed. J. Francese. Bordighera Press. Italiana 9 (2000): 82-102.

24a. “Multiculturalismo medievale e teologia dell’inferno dantesco.” Dante: Rivista internazionale di studi su Dante Alighieri 2 (2005): 11-32.

25. “Francesca da Rimini.” The Dante Encyclopedia. New York and London: Garland Publishing, 2000. Pp. 409-414.

26. “Hell.” The Dante Encyclopedia. New York and London: Garland Publishing, 2000. Pp. 472-477.

27. “Lyric Poetry (Dante’s).” The Dante Encyclopedia. New York and London: Garland Publishing, 2000. Pp. 578-582.

28. “Ulysses.” The Dante Encyclopedia. New York and London: Garland Publishing, 2000. Pp. 842-847.

29. “Introduction.” Dante for the New Millennium. Eds. Teodolinda Barolini and H. Wayne Storey. New York: Fordham University Press, 2003. Pp. ix-xviii.

30. “Beyond (Courtly) Dualism: Thinking about Gender in Dante’s Lyrics.” In Dante for the New Millennium. Eds. Teodolinda Barolini and H.Wayne Storey. New York: Fordham University Press, 2003. Pp. 65-89.

31. “Saggio di un nuovo commento alle Rime di Dante. 1. La dispietata mente che pur mira: l’io al crocevia di memoria e disio; 2. Sonar bracchetti e cacciatori aizzare: l’io diviso tra mondo maschile e mondo femminile; 3. Guido, i’ vorrei che tu e Lippo ed io: l’io e l’incanto della non-differenza.” Dante: Rivista internazionale di studi danteschi 1 (2004): 21-38.

32. “Editing Dante’s Lyrics and Italian Cultural History: Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarca . . . Barbi, Contini, Foster-Boyde, De Robertis.” Lettere Italiane 56 (2004): 509-542.

33. “Introduction.” Medieval Constructions in Gender and Identity: Essays in Honor of Joan M. Ferrante. Ed. Teodolinda Barolini. Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2005. Pp. 1-10.

34. “Lifting the Veil? Notes toward a Gendered History of Italian Literature.” Medieval Constructions in Gender and Identity: Essays in Honor of Joan M. Ferrante. Ed. Teodolinda Barolini. Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2005. Pp. 169-191.

35. “Sotto benda”: The Women of Dante’s Canzone Doglia mi reca in the Light of Cecco d’Ascoli.” Dante Studies 123 (2005).

36. “Dante Alighieri.” Women and Gender in Medieval Europe: An Encyclopedia. Ed. Margaret Schaus. New York and London: Routledge, 2006. Pp. 190-192.

37. “Italian Literature.” Women and Gender in Medieval Europe: An Encyclopedia. Ed. Margaret Schaus. New York and London: Routledge, 2006. Pp. 482-484.

38. “Introduction.” Petrarch and the Textual Origins of Interpretation. Eds. Teodolinda Barolini and H. Wayne Storey. Columbia Studies in the Classical Tradition. Leiden: Brill, 2007.

39. “Petrarch at the Crossroads of Hermeneutics and Philology: Editorial Lapses, Narrative Impositions, and Wilkins’ Doctrine of the Nine Forms of the Rerum vulgarium fragmenta.” Petrarch and the Textual Origins of Interpretation. Eds. Teodolinda Barolini and H. Wayne Storey. Columbia Studies in the Classical Tradition. Leiden: Brill, 2007.

40. “Rerum vulgarium fragmenta: The Self in the Labyrinth of Time.” The Panoptical Petrarch. Eds. Victoria Kirkham and Armando Maggi. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008.

41. “Petrarch as the Metaphysical Poet Who Is Not Dante: Metaphysical Markers at the Beginning of the Rerum vulgarium fragmenta.” Petrarch and Dante. Eds. Zygmunt Baranski and Theodore Cachey. Notre Dame: Notre Dame University Press. Forthcoming.

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Reprints


1. “Autocitation and Autobiography.” Excerpt from Dante’s Poets. Rpt. Modern Critical Views: Dante. Ed. H. Bloom. New York: Chelsea House, 1986. Pp. 167-177.

2. “Casella’s Song.” Excerpt from Dante’s Poets. Rpt. Modern Critical Interpretations: Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy.’ Ed. H. Bloom. New York: Chelsea House, 1987. Pp. 151-158.

3. “Canto XX.” Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’: Introductory Readings. I: ‘Inferno’ [Lectura Dantis 6: supplement, spring 1990]. Ed. T. Wlassics. Pp. 262-274.

4. “The Wheel of the Decameron.” Rpt. Short Story Criticism, Vol. 10. Detroit: Gale Research, 1992. Pp. 221-228.

5. “Bertran de Born and Sordello: The Poetry of Politics in Dante’s Comedy.” Excerpt from Dante’s Poets, orig. PMLA. Rpt. Dante. Ed. J. Tambling. Longman Critical Readers Series. London and New York: Addison Wesley Longman, 1999. Pp. 85-103.

6. “Bertran de Born and Sordello: The Poetry of Politics in Dante’s Comedy.” Excerpt from Dante’s Poets, orig. PMLA. Rpt. Poetry Criticism. Detroit: Gale Research, forthcoming.

7. “Canto XX: True and False See-ers.” Lectura Dantis: ‘Inferno.’ Eds. A. Mandelbaum, A. Oldcorn, C. Ross. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998. Pp. 275-286.

8. “Guittone’s Ora parrà, Dante’s Doglia mi reca, and the Commedia’s Anatomy of Desire.” Rpt. Italian Quarterly 37 (2000): 33-49.

9. Desire and Death, or Francesca and Guido Cavalcanti: "Inferno" 5 in its Lyric Context. Bernardo Lecture Series, No. 9. Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies. Binghamton, N.Y.: State University of New York at Binghamton, 2001.

10. “Autocitation and Autobiography.” Excerpt from Dante’s Poets. Rpt. Dante: The Critical Complex. 8 volumes. Ed. Richard Lansing. New York and London: Routledge, 2003. Vol. 1. Dante and Beatrice: The Poet’s Life and the Invention of Poetry. Pp. 217-254.

11. “Vergil: ‘Poeta fui’”. Excerpt from Dante’s Poets. Rpt. Dante: The Critical Complex. Vol. 2. Dante and Classical Antiquity: The Epic Tradition. Pp. 247-302.

12. “Detheologizing Dante: Realism, Reception, and the Resources of Narrative.” Excerpt from The Undivine Comedy. Rpt. Dante: The Critical Complex. Vol. 6. Dante and Critical Theory. Pp. 79-102.

13. “Dante and Francesca da Rimini: Realpolitik, Romance, Gender.” Rpt. from Speculum. Dante: The Critical Complex. Vol. 7. Dante and Interpretation. Pp. 89-116.

14. “Statius: ‘Per te poeta fui’”. Excerpt from Dante’s Poets. Rpt. Dante: The Critical Complex. Vol. 7. Dante and Interpretation. Pp. 278-291.

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Books in Progress


1. Edition of Dante’s lyrics, Rime, commissioned by Rizzoli publishers for the Biblioteca Universale Rizzoli series (BUR), in two volumes. Volume 1 nearing completion. Introduction and introductory essays to each poem by TB, notes by Manuele Gragnolati.

2. Petrarch, Metaphysical Poet: The Lyric Sequence as the Syllables of Time. A study of the RVF continuing the project begun in the 1989 essay “The Making of a Lyric Sequence: Time and Narrative in Petrarch’s Rerum vulgarium fragmenta.”

3. Passion’s Imprint: The Italian Lyric from Giacomo to Dante. A rereading of the Italian lyric tradition that will also chart its presence in the Commedia, picking up on essays cited above (e.g. “Dante and the Lyric Past,” “Guittone’s Ora parrà, Dante’s Doglia mi reca, and the Commedia’s Anatomy of Desire,” “Dante and Cavalcanti: Inferno 5 in its Lyric Context”).

4. Mensola: Chapters in the Gendered History of Early Italian Literature. A study continuing the work of “Lifting the Veil? Notes toward a Gendered History of Italian Literature” cited above.
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Reviews and Miscellanea


1. “Antonio Barolini.” Columbia Dictionary of Modern European Literature. 2nd ed. New York: Columbia University Press, 1980.

2. G. Angeli. Il mondo rovesciato. Romance Philology 34 (1980): 262-266.

3. I. Ragusa and R. B. Green, eds. and trans. Meditations on the Life of Christ. Romance Philology 34 (1981): 355-356.

4. R. Blomme. Studi per una triplice esperienza poetica del Dante minore. Romance Philology 34 (1981): *361-*363.

5. E.H. Wilkins. Studies on Petrarch and Boccaccio. Renaissance Quarterly 34 (1981): 226-227.

6. R. Kirkpatrick. Dante’s ‘Paradiso’ and the Limitations of Modern Criticism. Romance Philology 35 (1981): 409-413.

7. U. Bosco and G. Reggio, comms. La Divina Commedia. Italica 58 (1981): 214-216.

8. J. Mazzaro. The Figure of Dante: An Essay on the ‘Vita Nuova.’ Renaissance Quarterly 36 (1983): 75-77.

9. M. Picone. ‘Vita Nuova’ e tradizione romanza. Romance Philology 37 (1984): 382-384.

10. K. Foster and P. Boyde, eds. Cambridge Readings in Dante’s ‘Comedy.’ Speculum 59 (1984): 233-234.

11. C. Grayson, ed. The World of Dante. Romance Philology 37 (1984): 519-521.

12. M. Waller. Petrarch’s Poetics and Literary History. Romance Philology 39 (1985): 135-136.

13. A. Cassell. Dante’s Fearful Art of Justice. Renaissance Quarterly 38 (1985): 705-708.

14. P. Armour. The Door of Purgatory. Italica 63 (1986): 290-291.

15. U. Limentani. Dante’s ‘Comedy’: Introductory Readings of Selected Cantos. Speculum 63 (1988): 191-192.

16. P. Dronke. Dante and Medieval Latin Traditions. Renaissance Quarterly 41 (1988): 293-294.

17. P. Boyde. Dante Philomythes and Philosopher. Romance Philology 42 (1988): 234-236.

18. Necrology of Thomas Goddard Bergin, with Nathaniel Smith. Romance Philology 42 (1989): 404-407.

19. J. Tambling. Dante and Difference: Writing in the ‘Commedia.’ Renaissance Quarterly 42 (1989): 537-540.

20. R. Kirkpatrick. Dante’s ‘Inferno’: Difficulty and Dead Poetry. Comparative Literature 43 (1991): 190-192.

21. A. Morgan. Dante and the Medieval Other World. Speculum 67 (1992): 728-729.

22. R. Durling and R. Martinez. Time and the Crystal: Studies in Dante’s ‘rime petrose.’ Comparative Literature 46 (1994): 104-106.

23. M. O. Boyle. Petrarch’s Genius: Pentimento and Prophecy. Renaissance Quarterly 47 (1994): 406-409.

24. “Remembering Joseph Anthony Mazzeo.” Dante Studies 116 (1998 [but 2000]): 17-19.

25. “Remembering Charles T. Davis.” Dante Studies 116 (1998 [but 2000]): 14-15.

26. “In Memoriam Vittore Branca.” Speculum 81 (2006): 978-981.



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