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Michele Rossi

Associate Teaching Professor of Italian

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Office Phone: (814) 863-9398


Michele Rossi earned a Dottorato di ricerca in Italianistica e Filologia classico-medievale from Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice (2007) and a Ph.D. in Italian Studies from the University of Pennsylvania (2012).

Dr. Rossi’s research interests include medieval and Renaissance Italian literature and culture, with a special focus on Petrarch and humanist pedagogy, and interdisciplinary relations between literature, cinema, music, dance, and art. He has published articles and reviews in journals such as Studi petrarcheschi, Lettere italiane, and Modern Language Review. His first book, titled Pedagogia e corte nel Rinascimento italiano ed europeo (Pedagogy and Courtly Life in the Italian and European Renaissance), appeared in 2016 for the Italian publisher Marsilio. In May 2018, he has published the facsimile edition of Francesco Filelfo’s commentary upon Petrarch’s Canzoniere, for which he wrote a long introductory essay, prepared the indices of names and classical sources, and provided an extensive bibliography.

Dr. Rossi has experience in teaching Italian language, from elementary to advanced level, as well as Italian literature and culture. He has designed and taught courses on Dante’s Divine Comedy and Renaissance Italian Literature and Culture (“All in the Family: educazione, famiglia e politica nel Rinascimento italiano”; “The Skin I Live In: rappresentazioni del corpo nel Rinascimento italiano tra letteratura, arte e scienza”; “Growing up in the Italian Renaissance: Family, School, Sport”). In Fall 2019 he will teach two section of Italian 301 (“Pathways to Fluency”).

In 2014 and 2015, Dr. Rossi has been the co-director of the Penn State Study Abroad Program in Reggio Calabria, Italy. He is currently a member of the Italian Undergraduate committee.

Recent Publications:

Francesco Filelfo, Commento a Rerum vulgarium fragmenta 1-136. Edizione anastatica dell’incunabolo Bologna, Annibale Malpigli, 1476, con introduzione e indici di Michele Rossi, Ente Nazionale Francesco Petrarca, Collana Commenti antichi dei Rerum vulgarium fragmenta e dei Triumphi, Treviso, Antilia, 2018.

Michele Rossi, “Sbagliare, correggere, emendare: errori umanistici tra pedagogia, filologia ed etica”. Lettere Italiane, LXX, 1 (2018): 38-53.

Michele Rossi, Pedagogia e corte nel Rinascimento italiano ed europeo, prefazione di Fabio Finotti, Venezia, Marsilio, 2016.