Beth Coggeshall

Beth Coggeshall

Contact Information

Assistant Professor
Office Location
Diffenbaugh 357B
Office Hours

T & Th 3:00 - 4:30pm The Sweet Shop

Assistant Professor, Italian

Beth Coggeshall(PhD, Stanford University) specializes in the literature and culture of medieval Italy, with a particular focus on Dante. Her research centers on the intersections of literature, ethics, and cultural identity; medievalism and popular culture; and the transmedia reception of Dante’s works. She is currently completing a book manuscript on the role of friendship in Christian ethics and especially in Dante’s Purgatorio. She 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 Interests

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

Dante’s Inferno (Ethics; in English)
La Commedia di Dante (in Italian)
Trecento Writers (in Italian)
Survey of Italian Literature, from the Origins to the 18th Century (in Italian)
Advanced Grammar and Composition (in Italian)

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.