PhD candidate in Italian Studies is Awarded the Grandgent Award of the Dante Society of America

Author: Charles Leavitt

The Center for Italian Studies is pleased to announce that Giulia Maria Gliozzi, a first year PhD student in Italian Studies at the University of Notre Dame, has received the Grandgent Award of the Dante Society of America for the best essay submitted by a student enrolled in any graduate program in the US, US territories, or Canada.  Gliozzi’s essay, entitled “Osservazioni sulla misura in Dante: La directio voluntatis come sinonimo di rettitudine (solo) in quanto insieme di scelte moderate dalla misura,” interprets the ode “Doglia mi reca” as an example of the Dante’s “poetry of rectitude,” which followed his exile from Florence, and which prefigured the subsequent development his Divine Comedy

Since 1887 the Dante Society of America has awarded annual prizes for the best student essays on a subject related to the life or works of Dante Alighieri.  The Dante Society of America was founded in 1881 through the leadership of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, James Russell Lowell, and Charles Eliot Norton, who in turn served as its first three presidents.    

Giulia Maria Gliozzi obtained her BA in Modern Italian Literature at the University of Rome "La Sapienza," focusing on Medieval and Renaissance Literature with a thesis on Lucrezia Tornabuoni’s correspondence. Subsequently, she obtained her MA degree in Italian Studies from Boston College in 2022, working on Guittone d’Arezzo. At Boston College, she received the Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award. Her primary research interests include the poet's role in 13th-century Florentine society and the political dimensions of Dante’s oeuvre. Other interests include 20th-century Italian novels, particularly Bontempelli's “magical realism” and Elio Vittorini's work.