Joseph Luzzi

Professor of Comparative Literature

Primary Academic Program: Literature

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures

Area of Specialization: Dante; Italian and European Romanticism; Italian film; modern Italian culture and society; issues in comparative literary studies; the Enlightenment.


B.A., Tufts University; M.A., New York University; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University. Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian, University of Pennsylvania (2001–02). My Two Italies (2014); A Cinema of Poetry: Aesthetics of the Italian Art Film (2014); Romantic Europe and the Ghost of Italy (2008) received MLA's Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies and was selected as an outstanding academic title by Choice. Articles in PMLA, Comparative Literature, Italica, Adaptation, Modern Language Notes, Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, Yale Italian Poetry, Dante Studies, others. Essays or reviews in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Book Review, American Scholar, Cineaste, Times Literary Supplement, others. Guest editor, Dante Studies, Modern Language Quarterly, Yale Journal of Criticism. Fellow, National Humanities Center (2004–05) and Yale’s Whitney Humanities Center (2000–01). Grants from Keats-Shelley Association (2002) and Italian Institute for Philosophical Studies (1996); Yale College Teaching Prize (1998); Dante Society Grandgent Award for best graduate essay (1997). Codirector, First-Year Seminar (2009–13). At Bard since 2002.


2014 — Publication
My Two Italies

2013-04-19 — Publication
Joseph Luzzi reviews Clive James's translation of Dante's Divine Comedy for the New York Times.

2012-12-28 — Publication
Joseph Luzzi reviews Sheila Hale's biography of Titian for the New York Times.

2012-05-14 — Lecture
Joseph Luzzi lectures on Dante’s Paradiso 26, as part of Boston College’s public readings of The Divine Comedy.

2012 — Interview
Joseph Luzzi discusses Italian film and Italian-American culture with Big Think, an Internet forum that features interviews with academics and intellectuals about their research.


Phone: 845-758-7150
Office: Seymour 204