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Kevin Brownlee

WIlliams Hall 548
215-898-5104

Kevin Brownlee, who received his PhD in Romance Languages from Princeton, is Professor of medieval French and Italian literature at Penn. His research, publication, and pedagogic interests in Italian involve the Duecento and Trecento, from Brunetto Latini through Dante to Petrarch. They focus on issues of authority, identity, intertextuality, and the changing status of the Italian vernacular. He has published widely on Dante's transformative rewritings of the Classical poets (especially Ovid and Virgil), as well as on Dante's language theory. His current work involves: 1) the politics of authorial subjectivity in both Petrarch and Boccaccio, especially vis-à-vis their responses to Dante; 2) the construction of Italian literary genealogies tied to issues of cultural authority; 3) Franco-Italian literary/cultural inter-actions (13th-early 16th centuries); 4) the first-person voice in medieval Italian narrative and lyric; poetry and prose.

Courses Taught

spring 2018

ENGL 323.401 Dante's Divine Comedy  

spring 2015

ENGL 323.401 Dante's Divine Comedy  

spring 2014

ENGL 323.401 Dante's Divine Comedy  

spring 2013

ENGL 323.401 Dante's Divine Comedy  

spring 2012

ENGL 323.401 Dante's Divine Comedy  

spring 2011

ENGL 323.401 Dante's Divine Comedy  

fall 2010

ENGL 531.401 Dante's Commedia  

spring 2010

ENGL 232.401 Dante’s Divine Comedy  

spring 2008

ENGL 323.401 Dante's Divine Comedy  

fall 2006

ENGL 223.401 Dante's Divine Comedy  

spring 2005

ENGL 223.301 Dante's Divine Comedy  

spring 2004

ENGL 715.401 Medieval Allegory  

spring 2003

ENGL 231.401 Dante's Divine Comedy  

spring 2002

spring 2001

ENGL 231.401 Dante's Divine Comedy