Wesleyan portrait of Francesco Marco  Aresu

Francesco Marco Aresu

Assistant Professor of Italian

300 High Street, 302

Assistant Professor, Medieval Studies

300 High Street, 302


MA Indiana University Bloomington
MA Stanford University
PHD Harvard University

Francesco Marco Aresu

Francesco Marco Aresu earned his PhD in Italian (secondary field in Classical Philology) from Harvard University. He studied Italian literature and Classics at the Università degli studi di Cagliari in Sardinia, and has Masters from Stanford University and Indiana University. He has published on Dante's intertextuality (Romanic Review, 2021), the first illustrated incunable of Dante’s Commedia (in the collection Interpretation and Visual Poetics in Medieval and Early Modern Texts, 2021), Italian metrics and metricology (Oxford Bibliographies in Medieval Studies, 2019), Boccaccio's Teseida (Medioevo letterario d'Italia, 2018 [2019]), Petrarch’s sestinas (Mediaevalia, 2018; Textual Cultures, 2012), Baroque theater (for the miscellany Tales of Unfulfilled Times, 2017), Folengo’s metatextuality (for the miscellany Folengo in America, 2013), Alberti's early works (Studi di Erudizione e di Filologia Italiana, 2015), and figuralism in literature (in The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 2012). He edited and translated 18th century Latin hymns for the Centro di studi filologici sardi. His first book, entitled Manuscript Poetics: Materiality and Textuality in Medieval Italian Literature, is forthcoming in 2023. His areas of expertise are Medieval and Renaissance Italian literature, manuscript culture and history of the book, medieval and humanistic philology, textual criticism, and literary theory. And he is a Cancer.

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Office Hours

Monday and Thursday 1:00 – 2:30 PM.


Fall 2022
ITAL 246 - 01
Crises in Modern Italy