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Professor Emeritus of Italian

At UNC from 1989 to 2016

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Ph.D. Indiana U, 1975

M.A. Indiana U, 1973

M.Ed. U of Louisville, 1971

Areas of Research: Medieval Literature, particularly Dante; Renaissance Literature

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DINO S. CERVIGNI, Professor of Romance Languages and Comparative Literature, was educated in Italy and the United States. He taught at the University of Notre Dame before coming to UNC in 1989. His main interests focus on the Middle Ages and Renaissance. He teaches courses on Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, lyric poetry, and autobiography. He has written on autobiography (The Vita of Benvenuto Cellini: Literary Tradition and Genre, Ravenna: Longo, 1979) and on Dante (Dante?s Poetry of Dreams, Firenze: Olschki, 1986; Vita nuova, with Facing English Translation, Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1995). He is currently completing a 3-volume project on Dante: a new bilingual edition, a textual concordance, and a commentary of the Vita nuova. The founder and editor of the annual monograph Annali d’italianistica (, as of 2006 he has edited 24 volumes that range from the epic in its international context (1983; 1994), Dante and modern American criticism (1990), and Guicciardini (1984) to the autobiography (1986), narrative beginnings and endings (2000), women’s voices in Italian literature (1989), Manzoni (1985), D’Annunzio (1987), the modern and postmodern (1991), Italian women mystics (1994), and the sacred (2007). An NEH fellowship recipient, he has been the president of the American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS) for two terms.

Professor Cervigni is currently working on several projects, including: Dante and the Logos: The Rhetorics of Words, Names, and Silence in Dante’s Comedy,and Temporality, Narrativity, and the Human World in Dante’s Vita nuova