Professor Emeritus of Italian and Spanish
Medieval and Renaissance culture with emphasis on Dante, antiquarianism, historical linguistics, and Renaissance humansism
Professor Angelo Mazzocco specializes in Medieval and Renaissance culture with emphasis on Dante, antiquarianism, historical linguistics, and Renaissance humanism. He has also worked on Spanish historical linguistics and on the relationship between Italian and Spanish humanism. He has delivered lectures, seminars, and keynote addresses to organizations and institutions in the United States and Europe, including Yale, Columbia, Harvard, Boston University, the University of Rome "La Sapienza," the University of Venice, the Istituto storico per il medio evo in Rome, and the University of Pisa.
In April 2009, Mazzocco delivered the Valentine Giamatti lecture at Mount Holyoke and in July 2009, he was one of two scholars to represent the United States at the Istituto Internazionale di Studi Umanistici Piceni in Sassoferrato, Italy. He was a visiting professor at Yale fall 2007; during the fall of 2006, Mazzocco was Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome. He has also been a Fellow in Residence at the Institute for Advanced Study at Indiana University, Bloomington and a Fellow at the Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies. He twice was awarded research grants for study in Venice by the Gladys Kreible Delmas Foundation, has won grants for study at the Vatican Library in Rome, and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the NEH-National Science Foundation, and Pew Charitable Trusts as well as numerous faculty grants from Mount Holyoke College.
In 2008, Mazzocco became the first Mount Holyoke College professor to be awarded a Mellon Emeritus Fellowship to allow him to complete research for his book-in-progress, Biondo Flavio and Renaissance Thought.
Mazzocco's other major publications include Linguistic Theories in Dante and Humanists: Studies of Language and Intellectual History in Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Italy (Leiden, New York and Cologne, 1999) and Interpretations of Renaissance Humanism (Leiden and Boston, 2006). In addition, Mazzocco has contributed numerous chapters to international journals and volumes, including the recently published "Urbem Romam florentem ac qualem beautus Aurelius Augustinus triumphantem videre desideravit": A Thorny Problem in Biondo Flavio's Roma Triumphans," Studi umanistici piceni (Sassoferrato, 2010); "Biondo e Leto: Protagonisti dell'antiquaria quattrocentesca" in Pomponio Leto: tra identità e cultura internazionale, (Rome, 2010), "Riflessioni storiche per Roma in età rinascimentale: Il contributo del mondo anglofono," Roma nel Rinascimento, (Rome, 2008), and "Kristeller and the Italian Vernacular," in Kristeller Reconsidered: Essays on His Life and Scholarship, (New York, 2006). Other seminal articles include “The Antiquarianism of Francesco Petrarca” recently reprinted in The Renaissance: Critical Concepts and Historical Studies (London and New York, 2006) "Il rapporto tra gli umanisti italiani e gli umanisti spagnoli al tempo di Alessandro VI: il caso di Antonio de Nebrija," in Principato ecclesiastico e riuso dei classici: gli umanisti e Alessandro VI (Rome, 2002) and “Some Philological Aspects of Biondo Flavio’s Roma Triumphans,” Humanistica Lovaniensia (1979).
Throughout his career, Mazzocco has played an active role in professional organizations representing Medieval/Renaissance Italian Literature on the Executive Committee of the Modern Language Association of America and serving as an assembly delegate, serving as a member of the council of the Dante Society of America, Italian discipline representative to the Renaissance Society of America, and a member of the editorial / advisory boards of Renaissance Quarterly, Reportorium Pomponianum, Roma nel Rinascimento and the Rivista di Studi Italiani.
- "Remembering a Forgotten Humanist," Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly, Spring 2009
- "MHC's Mazzocco Wins Mellon Fellowship," Office of Communications, October 21, 2008
- "MHC's Mazzocco: To Rome and Back," Office of Communications, February 6, 2007
- "Sabbatical Spans Middle Ages and Renaissance," College Street Journal, March 2, 2001
- "New Course on the Italian Renaissance Sees Period Whole; Renews Its Meaning," College Street Journal, April 17, 1998
- "Math Across the Curriculum," Mount Holyoke College