Associate Professor of Italian
PhD Cornell University
Dante, Nineteenth Century Poetry and Prose, Fascism
405 Lattimore Hall
Donatella Stocchi-Perucchio is an Associate Professor of Italian in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Rochester. She holds a Doctorate in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Florence, Italy, and a Masters and a Ph.D. in Italian from Cornell University. She teaches Italian literature, language, history, and culture. Her major areas of interest are Dante Studies, modern Italian culture, the Ventennio, the dialogue between literature and the arts. She published nationally and internationally on Dante, Cavalcanti, Pirandello, and Leopardi. Her current research branches in two main directions, Dante’s political philosophy in relation with the theory of government of Emperor Frederick II Hoenstaufen, and the political reception of Dante: in particular, the one of Giovanni Gentile, philosopher of Fascism. She is currently working on a multimedia Companion to Dante’s Divine Comedy.
Donatella Stocchi-Perucchio 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 academically sound interdisciplinary introduction to Italian language and culture with special focus on Roman Antiquities from an archaeological, architectural, and historical perspective.
She also coordinates a liaison with the University of Siena/Arezzo supporting an annual visiting scholar from Italy and other collaborative faculty projects. 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 poetry in connection with the visual arts.
- “The Limits of Heterodoxy in Monarchia.” In Dante and Heterodoxy: The Temptation of Radical Thought in the 13th Century. Ed. M. L. Ardizzone. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Cambridge, England: 2014
- “Federico II e l’ambivalenza del sacro nella Commedia.” In Tra Amici: Studies in Honor of Giuseppe Mazzotta. Eds. W. Stephens, T. Cachey J, Z. Baranski, T. Kennedy. MLN Italian Issue Supplement, 127.1 (January 2012) S233-S244
- “Amore, eresia e poesia. Concordanze cavalcantiane nella Commedia.” In Atti e Memorie dell' Accademia Petrarca di Lettere, Arti e Scienze. Ed. G. Firpo. Arezzo, 2008. 97-144
- “The Knot of Cavalcanti in the Commedia: A Few Threads,” in Guido Cavalcanti tra i suoi lettori. Ed. M. L. Ardizzone. Firenze: Casalini Cadmo, 2003. 221-245
- “Poetry and Thought in Leopardi’s ‘L’infinito’.” Rivista di studi italiani, 13.1 (June 1995) 67-87. http://www.rivistadistudiitaliani.it/filecounter2.php?id=946
- Pirandello and the Vagaries of Knowledge: A Reading of Il fu Mattia Pascal. Stanford French and Italian Studies. Saratoga, Ca.: ANMA Libri, 1991
- “‘Liberi soggiacete’: amore e politica tra Purgatorio e Monarchia.” Proceedings of the International Symposium on Purgatorios. Universidad del Pacífico, Lima, Perú. August 2013. Forthcoming.
Courses on Dante, Boccaccio, Risorgimento, Fascism, Film, Italian advanced conversation and composition
- Italian Culture of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century: Opera, Fellini and Beyond
- “Our Voyage to Italy”: Italian political, social, and cultural history from the unification to present, as portrayed and interpreted in film
- The Shaping of a Nation: Politics and Culture in Fascist Italy
- Dante’s Divine Comedy: A Journey from Inferno to Paradise
- In Terra d’Arezzo on Dante’s Footsteps (In Italy)