Matías Sur


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M.A. Italian Studies

Research Interests

Matías Sur was born in Córdoba, Argentina to a mother of Italian descendants and a father of Syrian and Spanish descendants. Him and his family moved to the United States in 2000 and moved across the East Coast, until settling in the Northern Virginia area in 2008. He graduated from George Mason University in International Relations with a minor in Italian in 2016. It was at Mason that he had his first contact with Dante's Divine Comedy, after taking a class taught by Prof. Kristina Olson. Desiring to become proficient in Italian and immerse himself in the world of Italian literature, he accepted the offer to Notre Dame in 2018. He now happily teaches courses of Italian to undergraduates and has enjoyed deepening his knowledge of Italian literature with the phenomenal faculty. His current research for his thesis - which is overseen by Prof. Sabrina Ferri - is on the progression of modern humanity’s spiritualizzazione in the Dialogo di Tristano e di un amico of Giacomo Leopardi’s Operette morali. In his work, he attempts to define what Leopardi meant by the word spirito to understand the term “spiritualizzazione” found throughout his Zibaldone, which ultimately is used to represent humanity’s continuing decadence as a result of the progress of civilization.    

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University of Notre Dame
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
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Notre Dame, IN 46556