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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Anne Leone

Leone portrait

Assistant Professor

Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics

Health Humanities [ILM]

Italian Language Literature and Culture

Medieval and Renaissance Studies

313 HB Crouse Hall

Research and Teaching Interests

Anne Leone teaches medieval Italian literature and culture. Her current research project investigates the issue of blood in Dante and medieval culture. Other research interests include Dante’s treatment of female figures, the issue of nature in medieval culture, visual and material culture, and intersections between theological, metaliterary and scientific/medical concerns in Dante’s works. 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.


ITA400 Love, Italian Style

ITA409, Dante’s Comedy: Inferno

ITA412, Boccaccio’s Decameron

LIT241, Dante and the Medieval World


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

Selected Publications

“Communal and Economic Implications of Blood in Dante,” Italian Studies, 2 (2016): 1-22 

“ ‘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