Michael Papio



Associate Professor of Italian Studies


BA, Italian and Spanish, Florida State University
MA, Italian Studies, University of Virginia
PhD, Italian Studies, Brown University

Program Responsibilities:
Director of Graduate Program in Italian
Associate Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Participant in UMass' Medieval Studies Certificate Program

Selected Digital Projects:
The Decameron Web, with M. Riva

Pico Project | Progetto Pico, with M. Riva, and its companion site, Conclusiones CM publice disputandae

The Virtual Humanities Lab, with M. Riva

Peer-Reviewed Journal:
Editor-in-Chief of Heliotropia, a Forum for Boccaccio Research and Interpretation (and official publication of the American Boccaccio Association). ISSN: 1542-3352.

Editor and translator, with F. Borghesi and M. Riva, of Pico della Mirandola's "Oration on the Dignity of Man." A New Translation and Commentary. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2012.

Editor, with E. Filosa, of Boccaccio in America. Proceedings of the 2010 International Boccaccio Conference at The University of Massachusetts Amherst. Ravenna: Longo, 2012.

Boccaccio's Expositions on Dante's Comedy. Toronto: U. of Toronto Press, 2009. (Rev. in: Textual Cultures 5.1 [2010]: 142-46; The Medieval Review [June 2010]; Medium Aevum 79.2 [2010] 372; Speculum 86.4 [2011] 1052-53; Studi sul Boccaccio 39 [2011] 412-16.)

Concordance to the Decameron (2001).

Keen and Violent Remedies: Social Satire and the Grotesque in Masuccio Salernitano's Novellino. New York: Peter Lang, 2000. (Rev. in: Italica 78.2 [2001]: 259-60; Fifteenth-Century Studies 28 [2002]: 268-69; Rivista di studi italiani 20.2 [2002]: 269-72.

Speculum 79.2 [2004]: 541-42; Modern Language Review 99.1 [2004]: 214-15.)

Research interests:
Boccaccio, Dante, medieval and early Renaissance studies, the Italian novella, teaching and study of literature in the hypertext environment, Italian historical and descriptive linguistics, language teaching in a communicative context.

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