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Filippo Gianferrari
  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • Literature Department
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, 627
  • Office Hours Thursday 1:30-3:00 pm (or by appointment)
  • Mail Stop Humanities Academic Services
  • Courses LIT 114C: Dante's Comedy, LIT 185 B: Viaggio a Firenze

Biography, Education and Training

I am originally from Modena, Italy. I have received a BA and MA in Letteratura italiana from the Università degli studi di Bologna, and a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the Medieval Institute of the University of Notre Dame. After completing my Ph.D., I taught at Vassar College and Smith College. I am very excited to be now part of the Literature Department at UCSC! I work on le Tre Corone and lay education in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. I am interested in the ways literature and education (particularly literacy) intersect with and inform each other. I have published mostly on the topic of Dante’s intellectual formation and I am currently writing a book provisionally titled “Training the Reader: Dante and the Rise of Vernacular Literacy.” The book investigates Dante's debts to his earliest scholastic readings and his critical stance toward contemporary education.