Research and Teaching Interests
Dante Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Literature, Silent Cinema, Italian Neorealism
Mattia Boccuti is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in Italian at the University of Notre Dame. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Modern Italian Literature at the University of Salerno (Italy) and a master’s degree in Italian Studies and Modern Philology at the University of Bologna (Italy).
Mattia’s dissertation project focuses on Dante’s representation of Beatrice throughout his literary career. In his dissertation, he analyzes how the presence of Beatrice influences Dante’s own figure from Dante’s early poetry to the Comedy. He has published articles in major journals on Dante’s Purgatory, Earthly Paradise, and Francesco Petrarca’s Psalmi penitentiales and is the author of book reviews in the field of medieval literature. He has also published an article/interview on non-professional actors in Roberto Rossellini’s Neorealist Cinema. Mattia’s other academic interests include the editorial history and broader reception of Baldassare Castiglione’s Il Cortegiano in the European Renaissance, the role of Giovanni Boccaccio’s ballads in the Decameron, Pier Paolo Pasolini’s dialect poetry, and visual characteristics of medieval and early modern manuscripts. He is also currently researching early twentieth-century cinematic representations of Dante’s Commedia.
Mattia is also interested in second language acquisition and digital humanities. He collaborates with the Opera del Vocabolario Italiano Institute (OVI) to complete the Tesoro della Lingua Italiana delle Origini (TLIO), a state-funded project aimed at producing the first historical dictionary of Old Italian.
- Catherine O’Rawe, Mattia Boccuti, and Valentina Geri, “The non-professional actor child in neorealism: Interview with Alfonso Bovino,” Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies (forthcoming in the 2023 issue)
- Mattia Boccuti, "Davide, Petrarca e i Psalmi penitentiales,” Italica, 98.2, 2021, 254-266
- Mattia Boccuti, “Non che Roma di carro così bello rallegrasse Affricano, o vero Augusto. Purg. XXIX 115-117: il carro della città di Dio e l’arrivo dello scriba,” Le Tre Corone, VIII, 2021, 2021, 83-97
- Mattia Boccuti, “E una voce per entro le fronde gridò. Purg. XXII 142-154: una proposta interpretativa,” Lettere Italiane, I, 2018, Olschki, Firenze, 100-115
- Mattia Boccuti, “Quella ch’ad aprir l’alto amor volse la chiave: Maria Domina Dei tra patrimonio laudistico e innovazione,” Rivista di letteratura religiosa italiana, I, 2018, Fabrizio Serra, Pisa-Roma, 13-24
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