Guy P. Raffa
Guy Raffa has taught at the University of Texas at Austin since 1991. He holds a B.S. in mathematics
and computer science from Duke University and a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from Indiana University. His primary scholarly field
is medieval Italian literature--Dante above all--with a secondary interest in modern Italian authors, particularly Italo Calvino
and Umberto Eco. In addition to articles, book-essays, and reviews, he has published three books:
Divine Dialectic: Dante's Incarnational Poetry
(Toronto, 2000), Danteworlds: A Reader's Guide to the "Inferno" (Chicago, 2007),
and The Complete Danteworlds: A Reader's Guide to the "Divine Comedy" (Chicago, 2009).
He won a gold award for innovative instructional technology with his Danteworlds Web site
and has received a number of other awards and fellowships, including a President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award
and a Raymond Dickson Centennial Endowed Teaching Fellowship. For a book-in-progress on Dante's graveyard history,
he won a Humanities Research Award from the University of Texas and fellowships from the
American Council of Learned Societies
and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has been interviewed for articles in Investor's Business Daily,
Read his essay, "What the Head of Hiring at Google Doesn't Understand About Skills," in The Chronicle of Higher Education
Take a multimedia journey--combining textual commentary, artistic images,
and audio recordings--through the three realms of Dante's Divine Comedy: Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise.
The Danteworlds Web site contains, in addition to an abridged version of the original
commentary in The Complete Danteworlds: A Reader's Guide to the Divine Comedy
and Danteworlds: A Reader's Guide to the Inferno, Italian recordings of selected verses and a
vast gallery of images depicting characters and scenes from the Divine
Danteworlds is "an invaluable resource for specialists and novices alike,"
writes E. S. Hierl (Harvard University) in Choice Reviews Online,
"the sort of multimedia experience that those in the digital humanities strive for." The subject of an
on the home page of the University of Texas at Austin, Danteworlds was
selected for inclusion on EDSITEment as "one of the best online
resources for education in the humanities," and was featured in the literary blogs of the
New Yorker and the
Los Angeles Times.
July 29, 1998 (last updated on May 31, 2014) © 1998-2014 Guy P. Raffa
French and Italian,
College of Liberal Arts,
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