Daniela Boccassini

Daniela Boccassini teaches in the areas of Italian and Romance Studies. Her research interests focus on the Medieval and Renaissance periods, particularly on the exploration of the ways in which the act of writing preserves the memory of complex cultural processes, involving various disciplines, different cultural traditions and multiple epistemological transitions. She is co-editor of the journal Quaderni di Studi Indo-mediterranei and curator of its North-American website.

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Dante Alighieri and Dante Studies
Italian Verbal and Visual Arts of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
Mediterranean and Indo-mediterranean cultural exchanges
Inner Journeys
Sacred Spaces and Mandalas, East and West
Montaigne

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
Dante Alighieri and the «Way of the Heart»
«Sacred Pavements, Inner Journeys»
«Transmutatio: The Hermetic Way to Happiness»

Books
Il volo della mente. Falconeria e sofia nel mondo mediterraneo. Islam, Federico II, Dante. Ravenna: Longo, 2003. Now available in digital format.
Edited Books and Journal Issues
Sogni e visioni nel mondo indo-mediterraneo. Dreams and Visions in the Indo-Mediterranean World, edited by D.B. Quaderni di Studi Indo-Mediterranei 2 (Alessandria: Edizioni dell'Orso, 2009).

Articles and book chapters
«"L'ora che volge il disio": Comparative Hermeneutics of Desire in Dante and 'Attâr», in Desire in Dante and the Middle Ages, London: Legenda (forthcoming).
«Sogno e visione: mistero, "mania", magia, realtà», Sogni e visioni nel mondo indo-mediterraneo. Dreams and Visions in the Indo-Mediterranean World, edited by D.B. Quaderni di Studi Indo-Mediterranei 2 (2009): 1-20.
«Falconry as a Transmutative Art: Dante, Frederick II and Islam», Dante Studies 125 (2007, but published in 2009): 157-82.
«Ego tanquam centrum circuli: La Vita nuova, percorso di reminiscenza e psicocosmogramma», Italian Culture 27 (2009/1): 5-23.
«I sogni di Dante e l’ombra di Aristotele: riflessioni sulla fenomenologia della visione nel De ignorantia di Petrarca», Italica 84 (2007): 137-61.

More information:
http://fhis.ubc.ca/people/daniela-boccassini/

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