Laurence Edward Hooper
Assistant Professor of Italian
My research focuses on literary authorship in Italian culture of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. I study how writers in the vernacular drew on learnèd disciplines like theology and law to establish their authority. I usually write on major figures such as Dante and Petrarch, although I am also interested in less well-known contemporaries such as Guido Guinizzelli, Brunetto Latini, or Cino da Pistoia.
My ongoing book project, Exile and Authorship in Dante, examines Dante's use of the unusual term exilium/essilio to redefine his banished status in terms alien to late medieval political exclusion. I show that this re-envisioning of exile underwrites an equally innovative vision of authorship grounded in an inspired subjectivity drawn from the works of Saint Augustine.
I have also published on twentieth-century Italian culture, including articles on Pier Paolo Pasolini's theater and his narrative realism, and an article and a book chapter on the translation of dialect poetry.
"Exile and Petrarch's Reinvention of Authorship," Renaissance Quarterly 69.4 (2016): 1217-56.
“Dante’s Convivio, Book 1: Exile, Metaphor, Epochē,” MLN 127.5, Supplement (2012): S86-S104.
“Exile and Rhetorical Order in the Vita nova,” L’Alighieri n.s. 38 (2011): 5-27.
“‘Riacquistare la Casarsa Buona’: Exile, Realism, and Authorship in Pasolini’s Atti impuri and Amado mio,” Italian Studies 68.1 (2013): 140-56.
“‘Un estraneo in una terra ostile’: Exile and Engagement in Pasolini’s Verse Dramas,” Italica 89.3 (2012): 357-70.
“Trilussa: A Case Study in the Translation of Dialect Poetry,” in Twentieth-Century Poetic Translation: Literary Cultures in Italian and English, eds. Daniela LaPenna and Daniela Caselli (London: Continuum, 2008), 99-112.
“Dialectal Dialectics: Translating Trilussa,” The Italianist 25.2 (2005): 280-306.
Works in Progress
"Characterization." In The Cambridge Companion to Dante's "Divine Comedy," ed. Zygmunt Barański and Simon Gilson. Forthcoming.
Special journal issue: "Realisms and Idealisms in Italian Culture 1300-2017," The Italianist 37.3 (Autumn 2017). Co-edited with Charles Leavitt and Brendan Hennessey.
Book project: Exile and Authorship in Dante
Selected Works and Activities
Translation: Paolo Grossi, A History of European Law, trans. Laurence Hooper (Oxford: Blackwell, 2010)