Martin Eisner
Professor of Romance Studies

Martin Eisner is Chair of Romance Studies and Professor of Italian at Duke University. He specializes in medieval Italian literature, particularly the works of Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio, as well as the history of the book and media.

He is the author of Boccaccio and the Invention of Italian Literature (Cambridge UP, 2013) and Dante's New Life of the Book (Oxford UP, forthcoming). He is currently working on a biography of Boccaccio for Reaktion Books's Renaissance Lives series. With a view to the 700th anniversary of Dante's death, he continues to develo 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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