Laura Ingallinella is a Romance philologist with a focus on medieval Italian and French literature. Her most recent project explores Dante Alighieri’s relationship with truth, truthfulness, and community building in the Divine Comedy. She also works on collections of saints’ lives in French and Italian and their networks of transmission across medieval Europe and the Mediterranean. She is currently completing her first monograph, the critical edition of the Storia aurea, a collection of lives of the apostles and early Christian martyrs translated in Geneva around 1460 by a Florentine merchant, Giovanni Cherichi.
In 2019, Laura joined Wellesley College as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Italian Studies and English & Creative Writing. Here, she teaches the Divine Comedy and courses on the literature of the global Middle Ages. Before joining Wellesley College, she served as Associate Editor for Speculum, the journal of medieval studies published by the Medieval Academy of America.
Laura received a B.A. (laurea triennale) in Modern Languages and Literatures and an M.Litt. (laurea magistrale) in Modern Philology at the University of Catania. She earned her Ph.D. in Italian philology from the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa.
Medieval and early modern Italian and French literature; Romance philology; manuscript studies; digital humanities and network analysis; hagiography and homiletics; phenomenology of religion
Medieval and early modern Italian, English, and French literature (including Dante); global Middle Ages; world literature; race, gender, and sexuality; medievalism; digital humanities; book history, paleography, and manuscript studies