About Me

Joseph Luzzi is a writer and professor of Italian at Bard College. The first child in his Calabrian family born in the U.S., he is the author of the memoir, In a Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me About Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love (HarperCollins). His other books include My Two Italies (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).

He is a frequent contributor of essays and reviews to publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Bookforum, the London Times Literary Supplement, and many others. His first book, Romantic Europe and the Ghost of Italy (Yale Univ. Press 2008), received the Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies from the Modern Language Association, and he is the author of the forthcoming A Cinema of Poetry: Aesthetics of the Italian Art Film (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2014). His work has been translated into Italian and Portuguese, and he has lectured throughout the world on art, film, and literature.

Learn more about the Bard Italian Studies Program here.

Please click here to learn more about my scholarship.

3 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Buongiorno professore,
    Sono un preside di scuole elementari e medie di un piccolo paese in provincia di Matera, dove nel 1913 e’ nato un dantista, Rocco Montano, del quale ho visto conoscete e apprezzate la sua lettura di Manzoni. Non sono uno specialista, ma mi ha molto impressionato la vostra testimonianza di vita e di studio rispetto a Dante.
    Sarete in Calabria p dintorni, quest’anno?
    Saluti cordialissimi.
    Sebastiano villani
    Sebastiano.villani@tiscali.it

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