Angelo Mazzocco

Professor Emeritus of Italian and Spanish
Medieval and Renaissance culture with an emphasis on Dante, antiquarianism, historical linguistics, and Renaissance humanism; the rapport between Italian and Spanish humanism.

Professor Angelo Mazzocco specializes in Medieval and Renaissance culture with an 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 2009, Mazzocco delivered the Valentine Giamatti lecture at Mount Holyoke and 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, Biondo Flavio and Renaissance Thought.

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. Moreover, Mazzocco has published extensively.

Selected Publications


Mazzocco, Angelo, ed. Interpretations of Renaissance Humanism. (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2006). 324 pp.

Mazzocco, Angelo. Linguistic Theories in Dante and the Humanists: Studies of Language and Intellectual History in Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Italy (Leiden and Boston 1993). 270 pp.

Articles and Book Chapters

"A Reconsideration of Rennaissance Antiquarianism in Light of Biondo Flavio's Ars Antiquaria", Memoirs of the American Academimy in Rome, 59/60 (2014/2015), 121-59.

"'Urbem Romam Florentem Ac Qualem Beatus Aurelius Augustinus Triumphantem Videre Desideravit': A Thorny Issue in Biondo Flavio's Roma Triumphans." Studi Umanistici Piceni. Istituto Internazionale Di Studi Piceni. (2010): pp. 133-141. 

"Kristeller and the Italian Vernacular," Kristeller Reconsidered: Essays on His Life and Scholarship, ed. J. Monfasani (New York: Italica Press, 2006)

“The Antiquarianism of Francesco Petrarca”The Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 7(1977), 203-224. Reprinted in The Renaissance: Critical Concepts and Historical Studies, ed. Robert Black (London and New York, 2006), Vol. I: 322-341.

"Il rapporto tra gli umanisti italiani e gli umanisti spagnoli al tempo di Alessandro VI: il caso di Antonio de Nebrija," Principato ecclesiastico e riuso dei classici: gli umanisti e Alessandro VI, ed. D. Canfora, M. Chiabò, M. De Nichilo (Rome, 2002). pp. 211-236.

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