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Martin Eisner

Professor of Romance Studies
Romance Studies
Box 90257, Durham, NC 27708-0257
205 Language Center, Box 90257, Durham, NC 27708


Martin Eisner is Chair of Romance Studies and Professor of Italian at Duke University. He is the author of  Dante's New Life of the Book: A Philology of World Literature (Oxford UP, 2021), which won the Howard R. Marraro Prize from the Modern Language Association. His first book Boccaccio and the Invention of Italian Literature: Dante, Petrarch, Cavalcanti, and the Authority of the Vernacular (Cambridge UP, 2013) has recently been published in Italian as Boccaccio e l'invenzione della letteratura italiana (Salerno, 2022). He is currently working on a biography of Boccaccio forReaktion Books's Renaissance Lives series. He continues to develop the online research project Dante’s Library. His articles on Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch, and Machiavelli have appeared in PMLA, Renaissance Quarterly, Dante Studies, Mediaevalia,California Italian Studies, Quaderni d’Italianistica, Annali d’Italianistica and Le Tre Corone. His research has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, the American Academy in Rome, the American Philosophical Association, and the Fulbright Foundation.

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Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of Romance Studies · 2020 - Present Romance Studies, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Chair of Romance Studies · 2020 - Present Romance Studies, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

Columbia University · 2005 Ph.D.
Columbia University · 2002 M.Phil.
Columbia University · 1999 B.A.

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