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Michael Papio

Professor & Director of Graduate Program in Italian

Michael Papio, Professor & Director of Graduate Program in Italian, UMass Amherst

(413) 545-2314

309 Herter Hall


BA, Italian and Spanish, Florida State University
MA, Italian Studies, University of Virginia
PhD, Italian Studies, Brown University

Program Responsibilities

Selected Internet Projects

Research Areas

  • Boccaccio
  • Dante
  • medieval and early Renaissance studies
  • the Italian novella
  • teaching and study of literature in the hypertext environment
  • Italian historical and descriptive linguistics
  • language teaching in a communicative context


Peer-Reviewed Journal

  • Editor-in-Chief of Heliotropia, a Forum for Boccaccio Research and Interpretation (and official publication of the American Boccaccio Association). ISSN: 1542-3352.


  • Editor of Heliotropia 700/10. A Boccaccio Anniversary Volume. Milano: LED, 2013.
  • Editor and translator, with F. Borghesi and M. Riva, of Pico della Mirandola's "Oration on the Dignity of Man." A New Translation and Commentary. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2012.
  • Editor, with E. Filosa, of Boccaccio in America. Proceedings of the 2010 International Boccaccio Conference at The University of Massachusetts Amherst. Ravenna: Longo, 2012.
  • Boccaccio's Expositions on Dante's Comedy. Toronto: U. of Toronto Press, 2009. (Rev. in: Textual Cultures 5.1 [2010]: 142-46; The Medieval Review[June 2010]; Medium Aevum 79.2 [2010] 372; Speculum 86.4 [2011] 1052-53; Studi sul Boccaccio 39 [2011] 412-16.)
  • Concordance to the Decameron (2001).
  • Keen and Violent Remedies: Social Satire and the Grotesque in Masuccio Salernitano's Novellino. New York: Peter Lang, 2000. (Rev. in: Italica 78.2 [2001]: 259-60; Fifteenth-Century Studies 28 [2002]: 268-69; Rivista di studi italiani 20.2 [2002]: 269-72; Speculum 79.2 [2004]: 541-42; Modern Language Review 99.1 [2004]: 214-15.)