Donatella Stocchi-Perucchio (Laurea, Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Florence, Italy; PhD Italian, Cornell University) is Associate Professor of Italian in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Rochester. Her major research areas are Dante Studies, modern Italian literature and culture, and the Ventennio, with attention to the dialogue between literature, history, and the arts. She published on Dante, Cavalcanti, Pirandello, and Leopardi. Her current research branches in two main directions: Dante’s political philosophy in the context of the juridical literature of the XIII and XIV centuries, and the political reception of Dante—in particular, the case of Giovanni Gentile and the notion of the “Ethical State.” She is currently working on the creation of a digital archive for the iconography of Dante’s Divine Comedy.
Donatella Stocchi-Perucchio collaborates to the interdepartmental minor in Medieval Studies and to the interdisciplinary major in Archaeology, Technology, and Historical Structures at the University of Rochester. She is the founder and academic director of the University of Rochester Semester Program in Italian Studies in Arezzo, Italy. The Program is fully integrated with Italian Studies on campus and provides a comprehensive and academically sound interdisciplinary introduction to Italian language and culture, with special focus on the Middle Ages and on Roman antiquities from an archaeological, architectural, and historical perspective.
She coordinates a “Distinguished Italian Visiting Scholar Program,” and a liaison with the University of Siena/Arezzo supporting collaborative faculty research and exchange. She is a frequent contributor to the activities and publications of the Petrarchan Academy in Arezzo, Italy.
Other interests include the digital humanities as a new avenue for the study of literature in connection with the visual arts and the production of documentary film as an interpretive idiom to address literary and cultural phenomena.
Courses on Dante, Boccaccio, Nineteenth-Century Literature, Risorgimento, Fascism, Film, Introduction to Italian Culture in Italian, Advanced Italian Conversation and Composition.