James Coleman

  • Assistant Professor of Italian

Contact

1317 H Cathedral of Learning
412-624-6264
jkc31@pitt.edu

Area of Interest

Medieval and Renaissance Italian literature; Classical reception; Intersections of literature, philosophy, and politics; Renaissance humanism and Islam

Education

PhD, Italian Literature, Yale University
MA, Italian Literature, Middlebury College
BA, Classics, Yale University

 

Research Interests, Fields of Study

Medieval and early modern Italian literature
Early modern reception of the classics
Intersections of literature, philosophy, and politics
Orphic literature
Italian Humanism and Islam
Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio and their reception

Teaching

Undergraduate

Undergraduate courses on topics including Machiavelli, Italian theater, travel literature, Italian opera, food and culture in Italy, Galileo and the scientific revolution, and the city of Rome in literature and film, as well as Italian language courses at all levels.

Graduate

Graduate seminars on topics including Petrarch, humanism, and the early modern reception of classical texts.

Selected Publications

"Translating Impiety: Girolamo Frachetta and the First Vernacular Commentary on Lucretius." Quaderni d'Italianistica 35.1 (2014): 55-72.

"Boccaccio's Humanistic Ethnography (De Canaria)." Boccaccio: A Critical Guide to the Complete Works. Ed. V. Kirkham, M. Sherberg, and J. Smarr. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013.

“Furor and Philology in the Poetics of Angelo Poliziano.” New Worlds and the Italian Renaissance. Leiden: Brill, 2012: 251-289.

“Observations on Vico as Reader of Lucretius.” New Vico Studies 25 (2007): 35-51.

“Mitomania e metamorfosi di Olimpia." Paragone Letteratura 48, 49, 50 (August - December 2003): 114-125.