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Luciano Formisano

Emeritus Professor

Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna

Curriculum vitae

   Luciano Formisano, Professor Emeritus, is a specialist in Romance Philology and the Spanish-Italian travel literature of the Renaissance. As a romanist, he has devoted his research mainly to Dante (a new edition of 'Fiore' and 'Detto d'Amore', and an anthology of the Provencal and French poems quoted in the 'Vulgari Eloquentia'), to French medieval lyrics and epic and to medieval Spanish literature. As a specialist of travel literature, he is the author of the first critical edition of Amerigo Vespucci's letters (Milano, Mondadori, 1985), which has been the basis for the Spanish and the English translations published for Alianza Editorial (Madrid 1986) and Marsilio Editors (New York, 1992). He has also been appointed as Philological Editor of the "Repertorium Columbianum", a collection of contemporary sources relating to the Discovery of America, published under the auspices of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies of the University of California at Los Angeles; in this multivolume series (13 volumes published) he is the author of a critical edition of Columbus's "Book of Privileges" (University of California Press 1996; historical study and English translation by Helen Nader) and of the Italian Reports on America, 1493-1533. Accounts by Contemporary Observers (Turnhout, Brepols, 2002, with a historical Introduction by Geoffrey Symcox). In 1992 he has published a new edition of Columbus's Letter on the Discovery (February-March 1493).
    As regards the Italian travel literature of the Renaissance he has also published the volume "La Scoperta nelle relazioni sincrone degli Italiani" (Roma 1996, "Nuova Raccolta Colombiana", vol. V: historical Introduction by Gabriella Airaldi), and several contributions to the study of the literary and linguistic patterns of travel writings, with especial consideration of narrative techniques and intertextuality. Other contributions concern the Italian voyage anthologies of the early Sixteenth century and metholodical questions in editing exploration texts.

    Other fields of reserch are the history of romance Philology and the "poesia neodialettale" of the XXth century.

    Prize "Antonio Feltrinelli 2017 per la Filologia" (Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei).

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