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Thomas E. Mussio, PhD

Associate Professor of Italian

Phone: (914) 637-2738
Email: tmussio@iona.edu

PhD, Comparative Literature, University of Michigan, 1993
MA, Comparative Literature, Indiana University, 1991
BA, English Literature, Yale University, 1983

Dr. Thomas E. Mussio has been a member of the Iona College faculty since 2002. Dr. Mussio teaches all levels of Italian as well as Humanities courses in the Honors Program. He is currently the faculty advisor of Iona's Italian Society. Dr. Mussio is active in developing and leading cultural experiences for Iona students, both in Italy and in the New York area. His research focuses on late medieval and early modern literature, with particular interest in the Italian lyric poetry of these periods, and he has published numerous articles on Dante, Petrarch, Michelangelo, and Marino.

Research Interests

Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature, especially Dante and Petrarch; Lyric poetry; Epic poetry; Relation between music and poetry; Italian folk literature; Translation; Comparative literature

Research Activities

“Toward the Innocence of a Child?  The Cluster of Child Similes in Paradiso.” (Dante Studies, Vol. 130 (2012), p. 215-233.

"Reflections on the 'Medieval' Boccaccio" (Conference on Giovanni Boccaccio, UCONN, November 14, 2013)

“Political Reform in Dante’s Providential History" (College of New Rochelle, April 22, 2014)