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On Sabbatical 2015-16
A native of Italy, Alfonso Procaccini earned his Ph.D. in Italian Literature in 1975 at The Johns Hopkins University, which included two years of study at the University of Florence, Italy. Following six years of teaching at YaleUniversity he joined the Smith faculty in 1981.
In addition to a variety of courses he has taught in the Italian Department and in the Medieval Studies Program at Smith, he has particularly cherished teaching his full year course in Italian on Dante's Divina Commedia, and a course in the Comparative Literature Program, "Consuming Passions: Eating/Readin", focusing on the complex symbolic use and meaning of food in the western literary tradition. He has also directed numerous times the Smith Junior Year Abroad in Florence, Italy.
Professor Procaccini's research and publications include studies on Dante, Boccccio, Alberti, Machiavelli, Galileo, Manzoni, Pirandello, Pavese and Pasolini. He is currently working on a book concerned with the theme of wonder and the poet's peculiar vision in various Italian authors from Dante to Galileo.