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Donatella Stocchi-Perucchio

  • Associate Professor of Italian
  • Head for the Italian Program

PhD, Cornell University

405 Lattimore Hall
(585) 275-5723

Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 6:45–7:15 pm, or by appointment


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 has published on Dante, Cavalcanti, Pirandello, and Leopardi. Her current research branches in three main directions: Dante's political philosophy in the context of the juridical literature of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries; the political reception of Dante—in particular, the case of Giovanni Gentile and the notion of the "Ethical State"; and the phenomenon of Dante's reception across media, genres, and cultures. She is currently working on the creation of a digital archive for the iconography of Dante's Divine Comedy. 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.

She collaborates on the interdepartmental minor in Medieval Studies and on 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 archaeological, architectural, and historical perspectives. She is also involved in various collaborative endeavors with the Department of the Humanities at the University of the Pacific in Lima, Perú.

She coordinates a "Distinguished Italian Visiting Scholar Program," and serves as 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.

Research Overview

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Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • IT 195:  Dante's "Divine Comedy," Part I: "Inferno" and "Purgatorio" (Fall 2016)
  • IT 196:  Dante's "Divine Comedy," Part II: "Purgatorio" and "Paradiso" (Spring 2017)
  • IT 197:  "The Divine Comedy" of Dante Alighieri: Discover the Wonders of a Medieval Mind (Fall 2017)
  • IT 202:  Introduction to Italian Culture (Spring 2015)
  • IT 222:  Boccaccio's "Decameron" (Spring 2013)
  • IT 224A:  Create a Documentary, Recreate the Medieval World (Spring 2014)
  • IT 244:  Art, Architecture, and Literature in the Age of Dante and Beyond – Taught in Arezzo (Fall)
  • IT 245:  Visualizing Dante (Spring 2014)
  • IT 247:  Politics and Culture in Fascist Italy: The Shaping of a Nation (Spring 2017)
  • IT 248:  Modern Italy Through Film (Fall 2017)

Selected Publications

  • "Giovanni Gentile's Reading of Dante as Prophet of the State in interior homine." Dante Politico: Ideological Reception Across Boundaries, edited by Dennis Looney and Donatella Stocchi-Perucchio. Spec. issue of Mediaevalia: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Medieval Studies Worldwide, Fall 2017, forthcoming.
  • "Introduction: Dante politico: Towards a Mapping of Dante's Political Thought." Dante Politico: Ideological Reception Across Boundaries, edited by Dennis Looney and Donatella Stocchi-Perucchio. Spec. issue of Mediaevalia: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Medieval Studies Worldwide, Fall 2017, forthcoming.
  • "'Tu l'hai fatto di poco minore che li angeli': Nobility, Imperial Majesty, and the optimus finis in Convivio IV and Monarchia." Proceedings of the International Symposium on Dante's Convivio, 28-31 May 2013, University of Göttingen, forthcoming.
  • "'Liberi soggiacete': amore e politica tra Purgatorio e Monarchia." Purgatorios. Purgatori, edited by Jorge Wiesse, Universidad del Pacífico, 2015, pp. 261-93.
  • "The Limits of Heterodoxy in Monarchia." Dante and Heterodoxy: The Temptations of 13th Century Radical Thought, edited by Maria Luisa Ardizzone, Cambridge Scholars, 2014, pp. 197-224.
  • "Federico II e l'ambivalenza del sacro nella Commedia." Tra Amici: Essays in Honor of Giuseppe Mazzotta, edited by Walter Stephens, Theodore Cachey, Teresa Kennedy, and Zygmunt Barański. Supp. to Italian Issue. Spec. issue of MLN, vol. 127, no. 1, Jan. 2012, pp. S233-44. Project MUSEdoi:10.1353/mln.2012.0033.
  • "Amore, eresia e poesia. Concordanze cavalcantiane nella Commedia." Atti e memorie della Accademia Petrarca di lettere arti e scienze, no. 67-68, 2005-2006, pp. 97-144.
  • "The Knot of Cavalcanti in the Commedia: A Few Threads." Guido Cavalcanti tra i suoi lettori, edited by Maria Luisa Ardizzone, Cadmo, 2003, pp. 213-40.
  • "Poetry and Thought in Leopardi's L'infinito." Rivista di studi italiani, vol. 13, no. 1, Jun. 1995, pp. 67-87,
  • Pirandello and the Vagaries of Knowledge: A Reading of Il fu Mattia Pascal. ANMA Libri, 1991. Stanford French and Italian Studies 64.


Dante; Boccaccio; nineteenth-century literature; Risorgimento; fascism; film

Honors and Activities

  • Honorary Professor, University of the Pacific, Lima, Perú