Dennis Costa

Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies,
Head of Italian Section,
Associate Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature
718 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 305
BA, Fordham University
MA, Cornell University
MPhil, PhD, Yale University

Research and Teaching

Professor Costa’s primary areas of interest are the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance.  His research centers upon Dante, the stilnovistic poets, Petrarch, patristic and medieval hermeneutics, and medieval and Renaissance philosophy and theology.  He offers courses in the departments of Romance Studies, Modern Languages & Comparative Literature, and Religion (focusing on the intersections between literature and religion).

Costa has written Irenic Apocalypse: Some Uses of Apocalyptic in Dante, Petrarch and Rabelais, as well as articles on Aeschylus, Virgil, Albertus Magnus, Bonaventure of Bagnoregio, Dante, Petrarch, Pico della Mirandola, Erasmus, Montaigne, Tommaso Campanella, Christopher Smart, and Federico García Lorca.  He serves as Associate Editor of KronoScope / Journal for the Study of Time (Brill).