Theodore J. Cachey Jr.

Director of Graduate Studies of Italian
Professor of Italian
Ravarino Family Director of the Center for Italian Studies and the Devers Family Program in Dante Studies
Fabiano Collegiate


Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

B.A., Northwestern University

Research and Teaching Interests

Dante; Petrarch; Boccaccio; History of the Italian Language; Travel Literature; Literature and Cartography


Theodore J. Cachey Jr. is Fabiano collegiate professor of Italian and Ravarino family director of the Center for Italian Studies and the Devers Program in Dante Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Cachey specializes in Italian Medieval and Renaissance literature, in particular Dante, Boccaccio and Petrarch, the history of the Italian language, and the literature and history of travel. He has authored or edited several books, including Le isole fortunate; appunti di storia letteraria italiana (1994); Pigafetta's First Voyage Around the World (1995; 2nd revised edition, 2007); Dante Now: Current Trends in Dante Studies (1995); Petrarch's Guide to the Holy Land (2002), Le culture di Dante (2004), Dante and Petrarch: Anti-dantism, Metaphysics, Tradition (2009, with Z.G. Baranski), Dante’s ‘Other Works.’ Assessments and Interpretations (forthcoming, 2022, with Z.G. Baranski), as well as essays and book chapters in Annali d'Italianistica, Belfagor, Intersezioni, The History of Cartography, Modern Language Notes, Schede umanistiche, and Rivista di letteratura italiana. He is founder and co-editor (with Zygmunt G. Baranski and Christian Moevs) of the William and Katherine Devers Series in Dante Studies, and direttore/editor in chief of Le Tre Corone. Rivista internazionale di studi su Dante, Petrarca, Boccaccio (Fabrizio Serra editore, Pisa – Roma).

Representative Publications

Dante’s ‘Other Works.’ Assessments and Interpretations. Edited by Zygmunt G. Barański and Theodore J. Cachey Jr., Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, forthcoming 2022.


“Wandering, Travel, Mapping,” The Oxford Handbook of Dante, Eds. Manuele Gragnolati, Elena Lombardi, Francesca Southerden, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021, pp. 415-430.

“‘L’ardüa sua opra’ (Par., XXXI, 34): Architectural Aspects of Dante’s Rome,” with Chiara Sbordoni, Opus Incertum (2021) pp. 48-61. 


“Questio de aqua et terra,” Dante, eds. R. Rea, J. Steinberg, Carocci, 2020, pp. 159-174.

"My Dante. A Conversation with Theodore Cachey on American Dante Studies," with Natale Vacalebre, Bibliotheca Dantesca: Journal of Dante Studies: Vol. 2 (2019).

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