Italian, b. 1947.
Genres: Literary criticism and history, Translations.
Career: Cambridge University, Cambridge, England, lector in Italian, 1971-74; University of Pescara, Italy, lecturer in English literature, 1974-79; University of Perugia, Italy, professor of English literature, 1979-85; University of Rome, Italy, chair of English literature, 1985-98, chair of comparative literature, 1998. Cambridge University, visiting fellow, 1979-84; University of Connecticut, visiting professor, 1987-89; University of California, Berkeley, chair of Italian culture, 1990.
Publications: Prosatori negri Americani, 1973; Chaucer and Boccaccio, 1977; English Medieval Narrative, 1982; Chaucer and the Imaginary World of Fame, 1984; The Tragic and the Sublime, 1989; L’ombra di Ulisse, 1992, trans, as, The Shadow of Ulysses, 1994; Ri-Scritture, 1997, trans, as, Re-Scriptures: The Bible and Its Rewritings, 1999; Sulle orme di Ulisse, 1998; II genio di migliorare un’invenzione, 1999. TRANSLATOR: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; The Cloud of Unknowing, 1998. EDITOR: Chaucer and the Italian Trecento, 1983; (co-) The Cambridge Chaucer Companion, 1986; The European Tragedy of Troilus, 1989; (with A. Torti) Religion in the Poetry and Drama of the Late Middle Ages in England, 1991.
Address: Department of English Literature, University of Rome, Via Carlo Fea 2, 00161 Rome, Italy.