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Dr. Igor Candido

Assistant Professor (Italian)
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Igor Candido is Assistant Professor/ Lecturer at Trinity College Dublin. He holds two doctoral degrees in Italian literature, a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University (2011) and a Dr.Phil. from the University of Turin, Italy (2009). In 2013-2014 he was the recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship to conduct research at Freie Universität Berlin. He has lectured and taught in Italy, the US, Germany, Ireland and written on Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Poliziano, Emerson, and Longfellow. He has provided the critical edition of Ralph Waldo Emerson's translation of Dante's Vita nuova (Aragno editore, 2012) as well as a monograph on Boccaccio as reader and imitator of Apuleius of Madauros (Boccaccio umanista. Studi su Boccaccio e Apuleio, Longo editore, 2014). He has just finished editing a volume titled Petrarch and Boccaccio. The Unity of Knowledge in the Pre-modern World (Walter De Gruyter, 2018) and is currently working on a new commented edition of Petrarch's The Life of Solitude (Toronto University Press, under contract). He is also editing a special issue of Digital Philology (Johns Hopkins UP, 2019-20). His new research project is tentatively titled The Prehistory of the Novel. Studies in the Origins and Silent Transmission of Western Narrative Fiction. He is one of the editors of: Lettere italiane, Griseldaonline, and Archivio Novellistico Italiano; he collaborates with Italian and American journals such as "L'Indice dei libri del mese" and "Modern Language Notes".
 Petrarch and Boccaccio as Pre-Modern Humanists
 Global Humanities Junior Research and Teaching Stay at Freie Universitaet Berlin

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Member of Editorial Board, Lettere italiane. Lettere italiane is one of the oldest and most prestigious journals of Italian literature. 2018
Member of the editorial board, Archivio Novellistico italiano. The Archivio is the only journal devoted to the novella. 2015
External advisor for BoNhum. Based at the University of Tours, France, this project aims to make newly available part of Boccaccio's narrative corpus in a new digitized version with accompanying secondary literature. 2019
Member of the editorial board of the Journal Griseldaonline 2019
Member of the Scientific Board of the Funded Project "Narrare le passioni" PI: Prof. Elisabetta Menetti, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. 2018
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American Boccaccio Association 2012
Igor Candido, 'Boccaccio', Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy, Dordrecht, Springer, 2019, -, Bibliography, filmography, etc., IN_PRESS
Igor Candido (ed.), Petrarch's The Life of Solitude , Toronto, Toronto University Press, 2019, Book, ACCEPTED
Igor Candido, Per una rilettura della Vita Nova: la prima visio in somniis, Lettere italiane, 71, (1), 2019, p21 - 50, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Igor Candido, Psyche's Textual Journey from Apuleius to Boccaccio and Petrarch, Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies , 2019, Journal Article, IN_PRESS
Igor Candido, Boccaccio Reading Cino Reading Dante in Filostrato V 62-66, Modern Language Notes, 134, (supplement), 2019, p105 - 117, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Igor Candido (ed.), Petrarch and Boccaccio. The Unity of Knowledge in the Pre-modern World, Berlin, De Gruyter, 2018, 1 - 380pp, Book, PUBLISHED  URL
Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio on Conversion. in, editor(s)Igor Candido , Petrarch and Boccaccio. The Unity of Knowledge in the Pre-modern World, Berlin, De Gruyter, 2018, pp153 - 175, [Igor Candido], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
I confini del Decameron: Fiammetta e Corbaccio a confronto in, editor(s)Philippe Guerin, Manuele Gragnolati , Aimer ou ne pas aimer: une question, deux textes: Boccace Elegia di madonna Fiammetta et Corbaccio. Colloque International organisé par les Universités Sorbonne nouvelle - Paris 3 et Sorbonne Université, 25-26 janvier 2018 , Paris, PSN, 2018, pp191 - 207, [Igor Candido], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Introduction in, editor(s)Igor Candido , Petrarch and Boccaccio. The Unity of Knowledge in the Pre-modern World, Berlin, De Gruyter, 2018, pp1 - 14, [Igor Candido], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Igor Candido, 'The Bible of Love:' Emerson's and Rossetti's Early Translations of The Vita Nuova, Studj romanzi, n.s., 2018, p125 - 148, Notes: [Published in 2019], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
  

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Igor Candido, Preliminary Observations on a new bilingual edition of Boccaccio's Decameron., BonHum, Tours, Univ. Francois Rabelais, 25 January, 2019, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Igor Candido, I confini del Decameron: Fiammetta e Corbaccio a confronto, Aimer ou ne pas aimer: une question, deux textes: Boccace Elegia di madonna Fiammetta et Corbaccio. Colloque International organisé par les Universités Sorbonne nouvelle - Paris 3 et Sorbonne Université, 25-26 janvier 2018, Paris, 26 January 2018, 2018, Manuele Gragnolati and Philippe Guerin, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Igor Candido, Forme dell'immaginazione e rappresentazioni della lettura nella letteratura italiana', Pisa, Scuola Normale, 13-14 November, 2018, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Igor Candido, Review of L'eccezione italiana: L'intellettuale laico nel Medioevo e l'origine del Rinascimento (800-1300) (Rome: Viella, 2017), in L'Indice dei libri del mese, February 2018: 19., by Ronald Witt , LÍndice dei libri del mese, (2), 2018, p19 , Review, PUBLISHED
Igor Candido, Visuali retrospettive, Review of Dante leggero, by Marco Veglia , L'Indice dei libri del mese, (12), 2018, p27 , Review, PUBLISHED
Igor Candido, Review of La realtà come invenzione. Forme e storia della novella italiana , by E. Menetti, , L'Indice dei librid el mese, 2017, p21 , Review, PUBLISHED
Igor Candido, 'The Bible of Love:' Emerson's and Rossetti's Early Translations of The Vita Nuova, Dante's Vita Nuova: Archaeologies of a Text, New York, April 8, 2016, Maria Luisa Ardizzone and Teodolinda Barolini, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Igor Candido, I 'romanzi' di Boccaccio tra antico e moderno, Padua, March 17, 2016, University of Padua, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Igor Candido, Psyche's Textual Journey from Apuleius to Boccaccio and Petrarch, The Afterlife of Apuleius, London, April 3-4, 2016, Warburg Institute, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Igor Candido, Love's Metaphors Lost: Boccaccio's Fiammetta and the Birth of the Psychological Novel, Metaphors and Other Ways we Choose by, Berlin, November 7, 2015, Topoi, Invited Talk, PRESENTED

  

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Award Date
Enterprise Ireland Support for ERC proposal preparation. Declined. 2017-2018
TCD Teaching Buy-out Grant for 2017-2018 2017-2018
Global Humanities Research Fellow - The Thematic Network "Principles of Cultural Dynamics" (DAAD funded exchange program), Freie Universität Dahlem Humanities Center and Johns Hopkins University Humanities Center, July 2015- February 2016 2015-2016
Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, Freie Universität Berlin, Dahlem Humanities Center, 2013-2014 2013-2014
Research Assistant to the Director, American Academy in Rome, Italy, 2011-2012 2011-2012
Gilman Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins University, 2010-2011 2010-2011
Gilman Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins University, 2009-2010 2009-2010
Singleton Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins University, 2008-2009 2008-2009
Gilman Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins University, 2007-2008 2007-2008
Gilman Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins University, 2006-2007 2006-2007
Singleton Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins University, 2005-2006 2005-2006
PhD fellowship in Italian studies, XX Ciclo, Università degli Studi di Torino 2007-2008 2007-2008
PhD fellowship in Italian studies, XX Ciclo, Università degli Studi di Torino 2006-2007 2006-2007
PhD fellowship in Italian studies, XX Ciclo, Università degli Studi di Torino 2005-2006 2005-2006
"Presidente della Repubblica" Special Prize for Poetry, Savigliano 2002
Prize for the best Thesis in Lettere Moderne, University of Turin 2005
My interest in Dante and medieval culture dates back to my MA. There, I began a scholarly project tracing the appreciation of Dante in North America, from its real roots in the era of Ralph Waldo Emerson to the twentieth-century. In a book concerning Emerson's interest in Dante, I have presented a historical study that accompanies the first critical edition of Emerson's Dantean translation; in a survey of American scholarship on Dante, I offered a comprehensive reading of American Dante criticism in the post-Singleton era; in an article appeared in "Dante studies" (2010), I propose an innovative reading of Longfellow's Dantism in the light of the still unpublished lectures the poet delivered at Harvard College from 1838 to 1852. The desire to see Dante in a broader context has led me to study one of his earliest champions: Giovanni Boccaccio. I have worked on Boccaccio as a writer and interpreter of myths. My particular focus revolves around his rewritings of Apuleius's fable of Eros and Psyche. This project combines textual criticism, reception studies, and cultural history. It stemmed from a number of articles I had published, in which I had argued that Apuleius constituted a crucial source for Boccaccio's final tale in his "Decameron". In investigating the diffusion of Apuleius in medieval Italy, I have tried to conduct a reassessment of Boccaccio and his medieval textual culture at large. The analysis of Boccaccio's reading strategies, grounded on the examination of manuscript sources and marginalia, contributes to challenge authoritative narratives that assume a sharp divide between Middle Ages and Renaissance humanism. Some reviewers have considered my "Boccaccio umanista" as a turning point from Vittore Branca's view of Boccaccio which has been an admired standby for more than sixty years. They believe the volume finally provides clear evidence of Boccaccio's being one of the fathers of both Italian and European Renaissance humanism. In 2018 I edited a miscellaneous volume titled "Petrarch and Boccaccio. The Unity of Knowledge in the Pre-modern World" which reconsiders the two authors' heritages from different perspectives and investigates how these heritages shaped the cultural transition between the end of the Middle Ages and the early modern era, as well as European identity. The book has been selected for the collection of "Knowledged Unlatched" and therefore is available in both print and online open access versions. The sofcover edition was released in Dec. 2019. For open access: https://www.degruyter.com/view/product/455710 In 2019 I was invited to guest-edit a special issue of "Digital Philology" (Johns Hopkins UP). The volume aims to examine current theories of Italian philology in light of the new digital practice. Editors of medieval Italian texts will share innovative ideas which can bridge old and new techniques of textual criticism. My current project in the context of medieval Italian literature is a new commented edition of Petrarch's Latin treatise, "The Life of Solitude," for the Lorenzo da Ponte Italian Library of Toronto University Press. My major research project investigates the prehistory of the prose novel from ancient sources up to the eighteenth-century English novel, with which most critics identify the birth of the modern narrative genre. Attention will mostly be paid to the "silent transmission" of Apuleius's novel among the ancient sources, in medieval and Renaissance masterworks in France, Italy, and Spain. This research also aims to show that Apuleius's parodic narrative art and plurilinguistic language are essential to understand the stylistic development of the modern novel, as Michail Bakhtin pointed out. Such a perspective allows us to consider this development next to the evolution of other genres (especially epic). This research project has provided the foundations for my ERC consolidator grant application which will be submitted in February 2021.