Ronald L. Martinez Professor of Italian Studies

Brown Affiliations

research overview

In 2011, in collaboration with Robert M. Durling, I finished an edition with translation and commentary of Dante's Paradiso(the first two volumes, Inferno and Purgatorio, were published in 1996 and 2003) I am currently writing a study of Dante's adaptation of liturgy to narrative and linguistic aspects of his work.

research statement

RL Martinez has published some forty scholarly essays on Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Ariosto, and Machiavelli, co-authored a book on Dante's lyrics (Time and the Crystal: Studies in Dante's Rime Petrose, University of California Press, 1990) and translated Italian plays and literary criticism. In addition to Dante and Trecento Studies, his research interests include Renaissance drama and cultural history.

funded research

No current funding. Past funding: NEH Fellowship for University Teachers, 1993-94 ($30,000); U. of Minnesota Graduate School research grant, 1998; Brown University grant for new course development (shared with Prof. E. Lincon)($3000).