Beth Coggeshall



Assistant Professor
Beth Coggeshall (PhD, Stanford University) joins the department as Assistant Professor of Italian in Spring 2017. Her research program broadly centers on the intersections of literature, ethics, and cultural identity in medieval Italy, with a particular focus on Dante. She is currently completing a book manuscript on the role of friendship in Christian ethics and especially in Dante’s Purgatorio.

Beth is also the co-editor (with Arielle Saiber, Bowdoin) of the website Dante Today: Citings and Sightings of Dante’s Works in Contemporary Culture, a curated, crowd-sourced digital archive that showcases Dante’s sustained presence in contemporary culture.

Research Interest

13th and 14th Century Italian Literature, History, and Culture
The tre corone (Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch)
Interdisciplinary Approaches to Philosophy and Literature
Reception Studies
Digital Humanities

Courses Taught

Trecento Writers
Advanced Grammar and Composition

Selected Publications

  • “Dante’s Aftermath in Popular Culture.” In Approaches to Teaching Dante’s Divine Comedy, Revised edition. Eds. Christopher Kleinhenz and Kristina Olson. MLA Approaches to Teaching World Literature Series (forthcoming 2017).
  • “Dealing with Dante’s Audacity: Borges’s ‘Aleph’ and the Mystical Imperative.” Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching (forthcoming 2017).
  • “Per lo ’nferno tuo nome si spande: Politics in the Infernal City.” In Critical Insights: TheInferno, by Dante. Ed. Patrick Hunt, pp. 82-98. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2012.
  • “Dante, Islam, and Edward Said.” Telos 139 (Summer 2007): 133-151.
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