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Giuseppe Ledda

Associate Professor

Department of Classical Philology and Italian Studies

Academic discipline: L-FIL-LET/10 Italian Literature

Curriculum vitae


Giuseppe Ledda is associate professor of Italian Literature at the University of Bologna, where he teaches "Dantean Literature and Criticism" and "Dantean Philology".

Born in Sardinia (1964), he studied at the University of Florence and obtained his MA degree in Philosophy, writing a dissertation on Aristotle's Poetics (1989). In 1990 he moved to Bologna to enrol in the Degree Program on Classical Studies and Italian Literature at the City University. In 1996 he earned his second MA degree with a thesis on Dante, written under the supervision of Ezio Raimondi and Andrea Battistini. In 1997 he was awarded the “Massimo Bontempelli Fellowship” by the Lincei National Academy. In the same year  he entered the Graduate School at the University of Pavia, where he carried out his research project under the supervision of Cesare Segre. Finally he received his PhD with a dissertation on the topoi of inexpressibility in Dante's Commedia (2000). After earning his PhD, he was able to continue his research on Dante's Commedia thanks to the two year post-doctorate fellowship awarded by the University of Bologna (2000-2001).

In the meantime he also started teaching at the University of Bologna, as adjunct instructor, in the course on Dantean Philology (1999-2002). From 2002 to 2005 he also tutored the Italian Literature course at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literature (2002-2005).

As a visiting assistant professor he taught the course on Dantean Philology and Criticism at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities (2003-2008). He collaborated also with the study centres of American universities in Bologna, teaching  Italian Literature seminars to American exchange students (University of California, 2005-2009; Dickinson College, since 2006-2009).

From 2008 to 2014 he was "ricercatore" (assistant professor) of Italian Literature at the University of Bologna, where he thaught the courses "Dantean Literature and Criticism", and "Dantean Philology".

From 2014 is associate professor of Italian Literature at the University of Bologna, where he teaches "Dantean Literature and Criticism" and "Dantean Philology".

He spent a term as a Visiting Fellow at Selwyn College, University of Cambridge (2018).

He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Dante Center of Ravenna (2005-), and of the Summer International School in Dante Studies, Catholic University of Milan - Dante Center of Ravenna (2007-); and of the Advisory Board  of the Project “ Dante and Late Medieval Florence: Theology in Poetry, Practice and Society” - University of Leeds - Leeds Center for Dante Studies (2011-), and of the “The William and Katherine Devers Series in Dante and Medieval Italian Literature”, Notre Dame University Press - Notre Dame, Indiana, USA; a member of the Scientific Committee of the international review «Le Tre Corone. Rivista internazionale di studi su Dante, Petrarca, Boccaccio» (2013-); of the International Advisory Board della of the review «Dante Studies» edited by the Dante Society of America (2015-); of the Scientific Commitee fof the Società Dantesca Italiana (2015-); of the Scientifica Commitee fo the Observatory on Dante Studies at Utrecht University, Olanda (2016-); of the International Editorial Board of the review «The Italianist».

His main research field is Dante and the medieval literature. He also works on Renaissance and 20th Century Italian literature.

He has published several articles, congress papers, books and article reviews.

He is the author of five books on Dante: La guerra della lingua. Ineffabilità, retorica e narrativa nella Commedia di Dante (2002); Dante (2008); La Bibbia di Dante, (2015); Leggere la «Commedia» (2016); Il bestiario dell'aldilà. Gli animali nella cultura di Dante (2019). 

He also edited the following volumes: L'Umanesimo e il Rinascimento. Pagine di letteratura italiana, Roma, Carocci, 2003 (with G.M. Anselmi e G. Forni); La civiltà del Rinascimento. Pagine di letteratura italiana, Roma, Carocci, 2003 (with G.M. Anselmi e G. Forni); Dalle origini al Cinquecento, nella La letteratura italiana diretta da Ezio Raimondi, Milano, Bruno Mondadori, 2007 (with L. Chines, G. Forni, E. Menetti); Il Medioevo, a cura di U. Eco, Milano, Motta Editore, 2009 (coeditor of the section “Letteratura”, with E. Raimondi, M. Bazzocchi); La poesia della natura nella Divina Commedia, Ravenna, Centro Dantesco dei Frati Minori Conventuali, 2009; La Bibbia di Dante. Esperienza mistica, profezia e teologia biblica in Dante, Ravenna, Centro Dantesco dei Frati Minori Conventuali, 2011; Preghiera e liturgia nella «Commedia», Ravenna, Centro Dantesco dei Frati Minori Conventuali, 2013; Le teologie di Dante, Ravenna, Centro Dantesco dei Frati Minori Conventuali, 2015; Sergio Atzeni e le voci della Sardegna, Bologna, Bononia University Press, 2017 (with G. Sulis); Dante e la cultura religiosa medievale, Ravenna, Centro Dantesco, 2018.

He is the co-editor of the international Dante journal “L'Alighieri”, and a Senior Member of the Editorial Board of the review «Studi Danteschi», edited by the Società Dantesca Italiana.