Associate Professor of Italian Literature
Office: Wieboldt 218
Office Hours: MW 4:30-5:30
Professor Steinberg joined the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures faculty in 2003. Previously he was the Devers Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Notre Dame. His scholarship focuses on medieval Italian literature, especially on Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch, the early lyric, manuscript culture, and literary historiography. His interests include the intersection of legal and literary culture and the history of the book.
His recent book Accounting for Dante: Urban Readers and Writers in Late Medieval Italy (Notre Dame: Notre Dame UP, 2007) won the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for a Manuscript in Italian Studies awarded by the Modern Language Association (MLA). He has also published articles on the Compiuta donzella (the first female poet of Italian literature), Dante's dreams in the Vita Nuova, and Petrarch's uncollected poems. He is currently writing a book about Dante and the law.
Professor Steinberg is on leave for the 2009-2010 academic year.