Martin Eisner
Professor of Romance Studies

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) and Boccaccio and the Invention of Italian Literature: Dante, Petrarch, Cavalcanti, and the Authority of the Vernacular (Cambridge UP, 2013). 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 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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