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Anne Leone

Anne Leone

Anne Leone

Assistant Professor, Italian


Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
313 HB Crouse Hall


Health Humanities [ILM]
Italian Language Literature and Culture
Medieval and Renaissance Studies


  • Ph.D. in Italian, 2011, University of Cambridge
  • M.Phil. in European Literature and Culture, 2005, University of Cambridge
  • B.A. in Literature, 2003, Yale College

Courses Taught

  • ITA407 Love, Italian Style
  • ITA409 Dante’s Comedy: Inferno
  • ITA412 Boccaccio’s Decameron
  • ITA400 Health and Illness in Italian Culture
  • ITA400 Sicily in Literature and Film
  • LIT200 Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature
  • LIT241 Dante and the Medieval World
  • LIT262 Afterlives: From Dante to The Good Place
  • LIT256/REL 400 Blood: A Cultural History
Research and Teaching Interests

Anne Leone teaches medieval Italian literature and culture. Her most recent book Dante's Blood (Legenda, 2023) investigates intersections between theological, metaliterary and scientific/medical concerns in Dante’s works. Other research interests include issues relating to gender, contraception, Nature and ecology in medieval culture. She earned her BA from Yale College, and her doctorate from the University of Cambridge where she was a Gates Scholar. Prior to joining the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at SU, she taught at the University of Notre Dame.

Selected Publications

Dante's Blood, Italian Perspectives 59 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2023)

"World Without End: Chapter 42 of the Vita nova,” in Dante’s Vita nova: A Collaborative Reading, William and Katherine Devers Series (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2023), pp. 372-80

"Performing Confession in Dante and Boccaccio," Italica, 99: 2 (2022): 152–79

Communal and Economic Implications of Blood in Dante,” Italian Studies, 71:3 (2016): 265-86

‘Tante voci tra quei bronchi’: Authorial Agency and Textual Borrowing in Inferno XIII,” Le Tre Corone, 2 (2015): 111-30

Women, War and Wisdom: the 18s,” in Vertical Readings in Dante’s Comedy, vol. 2 ed. by George Corbett and Heather Webb (Open Book Publishers, 2016), pp.151-71

The Wings of the Doves: Love and Desire in Dante and Medieval Culture by Elena Lombardi (McGill-Queens University Press, 2012), reviewed in University of Toronto Quarterly, 83:2 (Spring 2014): 537-39

Dante’s Commedia: Theology as Poetry, ed. by Vittorio Montemaggi and Matthew Treherne (University of Notre Dame Press, 2010), reviewed in Medium Aevum, 80:1 (2011): 185

La Metafora in Dante, ed. by Marco Ariani (Olschki, 2008), reviewed in Medium Aevum, 79:1 (2010): 189