Alfonso Procaccini

Professor Emeritus of Italian Studies

Alfonso Procaccini

Contact & Office Hours

138 Elm Street #1



Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

M.A., Middlebury College

B.A., Rider College


A native of Italy, Alfonso Procaccini earned his doctorate in Italian literature in 1975 at Johns Hopkins University, which included two years of study at the University of Florence, Italy. Following six years of teaching at Yale University he joined the Smith faculty in 1981.

In addition to the variety of courses that Procaccini 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/Reading, focusing on the complex symbolic use and meaning of food in the Western literary tradition. He has also directed the Smith Program Abroad in Florence, Italy, numerous times.

Selected Research and Publications

Procaccini’s work includes 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.