Nicola Esposito

Research and Teaching Interests

Boccaccio, Medieval Italian Literature.


Nicola Esposito is a 4th year Ph.D. candidate in Italian. He graduated from the Università degli Studi di Bergamo in 2012 in Medieval Italian Literature, under the direction of Claudia Villa. In 2017 he graduated summa cum laude from the Università Ca’Foscari di Venezia in Medieval Italian Philology, under the direction of Serena Fornasiero.

His research focuses on a variety of different authors from the Italian Late Middle Ages, like Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Ser Giovanni, Franco Sacchetti, and Giovanni Sercambi. Esposito’s main research interest regards the writers of short stories of the Tuscan 14th Century and the historical, literary, and cultural contexts in which they flourished. Under the direction of David G. Lummus, Esposito is working on a dissertation in which he investigates the ways the Late Medieval Tuscan collections of novelle contributed to the definition of the bourgeoisie. The dissertation analyzes the evolution and the literary representations of this class within the short stories between the late Thirteenth and early Fifteenth centuries.


Book Reviews

  • Matteo Bosisio. Mercanti e civiltà mercantile nel Decameron. Le ricerche di “Critica letteraria”, nuova serie 32. Napoli: Paolo Loffredo Editore, 2020. Pp. 211. In Annali di Italianistica 39 (2021): 480-83.
  • Michael Sherberg, ed. The Decameron Fourth Day in Perspective. Volume Four of the Lectura Boccaccii. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2020. Pp. IX + 222. In Annali di Italianistica 39 (2021): 525-26.
  • William Robins, ed. The Decameron Eighth Day in Perspective. Volume Eight of the Lectura Boccaccii. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2020. Pp. VII + 284. In Annali di Italianistica 39 (2021): 519-21.

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