I moved to New Haven from Modena, Italy, where I was born, raised and I studied Economics and Accounting. I taught Italian Language at Yale University from 2000 to 2014, and I must say that this experience has completely changed my life. I truly enjoy the rewarding feelings I receive from teaching my language and sharing my enthusiasm for Italian culture. In addition, I taught for four years the “Theater Practicum: Pirandello” course dedicated to an in-depth study of Henry IV and Six Characters in Search of an Author. These courses culminated with the staging of the plays in Italian for both the Yale and New Haven community. I also introduced and taught “The Language in Film,” a course for preparing the English subtitles for the Monicelli film Il Marchese del Grillo.
Simona Lorenzini, Ph.D. student
Simona graduated, cum laude, from the University of Pisa in 2003 with a thesis in Modern Italian Literature. After obtaining a Ph.D. in “Humanist and Renaissance Civilization” from the “Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento” (Florence, 2008), she is currently a sixth year graduate student in the Italian Department. Her areas of interest include the study of bucolic poetry of Dante, Boccaccio and Petrarch, of Philology and Medieval-humanistic Latin, and also the digital treatment of texts.
For this project, she developed and organized the web site and edited the video files. She also worked with Monica on the Italian and English version of the texts.
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Maria Clara Iglesias, Ph.D.
Maria Clara Iglesias Rondina received her Ph.D. in Italian from Yale University in May 2013. Her dissertation, entitled The Trinitarian Language of the Soul: Dante’s Theological Virtues and the Ethical Self, explores the role of the theological virtues in Dante’s Paradiso and Monarchia, its impact on language, moral theology, and political philosophy. Prior to Yale, she obtained a B.A. and M.A. in Italian Studies from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain), as well as a B.A. in Fine Arts from the Escuela Prof. Juan Mantovani of Santa Fe (Argentina). Maria Clara’s research interests include Italian medieval literature, Dante studies, Renaissance theology, ethics in Italian literature, and Italian-Spanish comparative studies. She has published articles and book chapters on Dante, Borges, Domenico Cavalca, and Leopardi. Currently she is working as Visiting Faculty at Fairfield University in Connecticut, while preparing several essays for publication and a book manuscript based on her dissertation.
In Spring 2009 she acted as a teaching assistant for the course “Theater Practicum: Pirandello” led by Monica Georgeo. Her duties included working with the students in the different rehearsals in preparation of Pirandello’s Henry IV, as well as helping them to memorize the text and master their Italian pronunciation. In addition to all this, Maria Clara played the part of Giovanni in that first version of the play.
Funding and production support provided by Center for Language Studies – Yale University.