Wesleyan portrait of Francesco Marco  Aresu

Francesco Marco Aresu

Assistant Professor of Italian

1 Vine Street,

Italian Section Head

Assistant Professor, Medieval Studies

1 Vine Street,


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), 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). His essay on the first illustrated incunable of Dante’s Commedia is forthcoming in the collection Interpretation and Visual Poetics in Medieval and Early Modern Texts (Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2021). He edited and translated 18th century Latin hymns for the Centro di studi filologici sardi. He is currently completing his first book, entitled Manuscript Poetics: Materiality and Textuality in the Age of Dante. 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.

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Monday and Wednesday 1:00 – 2:30 PM or by appointment. 


Fall 2021
ITAL 101 - 02
Elementary Italian I

RL&L 234 - 01
Cuneiform to Kindle

Spring 2022
CHUM 389 - 01
The Mediterranean Archipelago