Alessandro Vettori

26 Jan - 6 Feb 2015

BMVP Vettori

Alessandro Vettori is Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. His main research interests are: autobiography, the re-writing of scripture in the western tradition, the interconnectedness of literature and religion, eco-criticism, and the development of the concept of love in the Italian literary tradition. He has published a book on Franciscan poets of the thirteenth century entitled Poets of Divine Love (Fordham University Press, 2004), as well as a monograph on Giuseppe Berto, La passione della scrittura (Marsilio Editore, 2013). He has edited or co-edited three collections of essays (one of which on Boccaccio, La città nel Decameron di Giovanni Boccaccio, Paris: Istituto Italiano di Cultura. Quaderni dell’Hôtel de Galliffet, 2010), and has written articles on Dante, Boccaccio, Francis of Assisi, Iacopone da Todi, Giuseppe Berto, Diego Fabbri, and Luigi Pirandello. He is currently finishing a book on the rhetoric of prayer in the Divine Comedy. He serves on the Board of Editors of Arena Romanistica. Journal of Romance Studies (Department of Foreign Languages. University of Bergen, Norway); of La Rivista - Études culturelles italiennes Sorbonne Université ; of Testo e Senso (Rome); of Italian Quarterly (Rutgers); and on the Advisory Board of Italian Poetry Review (Columbia and Fordham). He has served on the Executive Committee of the Division on the Teaching of Literature of the Modern Language Association of America (of which he was Chair in 2008) and an elected member to the Modern Language Association of America Delegate Assembly (2005-2007). He also served as Chair of the Department of Italian from 2011 to 2014 and Acting Graduate Director of Comparative Literature in 2006-2007 and 2010-2011.

During his stay in Bristol, Professor Vettori will be participating in a number of different activities:

Dante’s Inferno and Religion - an open lecture for research, MA and undergraduate students in the Department of Religion and Theology.
Wednesday, 4 February 2015, 9am-10am, Arts Complex, Lecture Theatre 1, (access via 3/5 Woodland Rd).

Dante’s Purgatorio - an open lecture for research, MA and undergraduate students in the School of Modern Languages.
Friday, 6 February 2015, 9am-11am, B2, 7 Priory Road


Professor Vettori will give a public lecture on Tuesday 3 February 2015 entitled  Prayer in Dante’s Divine Comedy.
The session will start promptly at 4.00 and end no later than 5:30.
Venue: University of Bristol, ARTS Complex, Lecture Room 8. 21 Woodland Rd (access via 3/5 Woodland Rd).


For more details regarding Professor Vettori's visit, please contact Professor Carolyn Muessig at