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Andrea Moudarres and the University of Delaware Press receive MLA's Scaglione Publication Award

Wednesday, December 5, 2018   (0 Comments)

New York, NY – 5 December 2018 – The Modern Language Association of America today announced it is awarding its twenty-first annual Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Publication Award for a Manuscript in Italian Literary Studies to Andrea Moudarres, of the University of California, Los Angeles, for The Enemy in Italian Renaissance Epic: Images of Hostility from Dante to Tasso, to be published by the University of Delaware Press.

The award is one of eighteen that will be presented on 5 January 2019, during the association’s annual convention, to be held in Chicago. The members of the selection committee were Timothy Campbell (Cornell Univ.), chair; Richard H. Lansing (Brandeis Univ.); and Meredith K. Ray (Univ. of Delaware). The committee’s citation for the winning manuscript reads:

Andrea Moudarres’s The Enemy in Italian Renaissance Epic: Images of Hostility from Dante to Tasso is an eloquent and original account of the Renaissance epic tradition in Italy. Using an impressive array of sources across a variety of philosophical and literary traditions, Moudarres allows different voices to come into conversation around the notion of civil strife. The result is not only a brilliant account of the political stakes of how we read Ariosto and Tasso, among others, but also a welcome intervention in the contemporary moment, when conflict often seems to be the linchpin of political life. Both erudite and highly accessible, this study is an outstanding contribution to Renaissance studies and to wider discussions of the relation of conflict to how we live together.

Andrea Moudarres is an assistant professor of Italian at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his PhD from Yale University. Moudarres is coeditor of Luigi Pulci in Renaissance Florence and Beyond: New Perspectives on His Poetry and Influence and New Worlds and the Italian Renaissance: Contributions to the History of European Culture. He has contributed essays to books and to journals such as I Tatti Studies and MLN.

View the full press release on the MLA website (PDF).

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