Postdoctoral Associate, Romance Studies
Alyssa is a Postdoctoral Associate, teaching courses on medieval Italian literature and gender studies. Her research interests include Dante, Boccaccio, feminist thought, and women writers. She is currently working on a book manuscript, tentatively titled Boccaccio's Living Philosophy: Gender, Literature, and the Everyday. The book argues that Giovanni Boccaccio articulated new visions of philosophy as well as womanhood and intervened in key intellectual debates in fourteenth-century Europe.
Alyssa has received grants from the Mellon foundation as well as from the Graduate School and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Duke. She also served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in southern Italy and was a visiting Ph.D. candidate at the Università di Bologna (Dipartimento di Storia, Culture, Civiltà) in 2018.
"The Lying Life of Narrators," special issue on Elena Ferrante's The Lying Life of Adults, in Reading in Translation, August 2020.
"Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron and Life Beyond the Plague," in EuropeNow, July 2020.
Review: Anna Maria Ortese, Neapolitan Chronicles, and Donatella Di Pietrantonio, A Girl Returned. Public Books, October 2019.
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