Tuesday, March 2, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, 2010
A conversation with Yale Italian professor Giuseppe Mazzotta about Tasso, Ariosto, and Italian epic poetry.

Giuseppe Mazzotta

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Outro music: Claudio Monteverdi - "Lamento della ninfa"
San Pietro Cappella Musicale Soloists and Sergio Vartolo, Lamenti Barocchi, Vol. 2

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Giuseppe Mazzotta is Director of Graduate Studies and the Sterling Professor of Humanities for Italian and the Director of Graduate Studies at Yale University. He has written a number of essays about every century of Italian literary history. His books include: Dante, Poet of the Desert: History and Allegory in the Divine Comedy. (Princeton, 1979); The World at Play in Boccaccio's Decameron (Princeton, 1986); Dante's Vision and the Circle of Knowledge (Princeton, 1993); The Worlds of Petrarch (Duke UP, 1993); The New Map of the World: the Poetic Philosophy of Giambattista Vico (Princeton, 1998) (Italian translation, Turin: Einaudi, 2001); Cosmopoiesis: The Renaissance Experiment (Toronto UP, 2001) (Italian translation, Palermo: Sellerio 2008). He has also edited or co-edited several boooks, such as Critical Essays on Dante (Hall, 1991) and Master Regis (Fordham UP, 1985). In 2008, he published the Norton edition of Dante's Inferno (translated by M. Palma).