Girolamo da Cremona: miniatura

Federico Schneider
Associate Professor of Italian
Italian program director
University of Mary Washington


A native of Milan (Italy), Federico Schneider has completed his education in the US, where he has received a 4-Year Diploma in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music (1992), a M.A. in Italian Literature & Culture from Boston College (1996), and a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from Yale University (2002). He has served for four years as a Teaching Assistant and Tutor in Italian language and culture at Harvard University, where he has won the Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching for three consecutive years. As a literary historian, his work is focused on what poetry does, more than what it says, including its impact on other arts, especially music. He has written numerous articles – which have been published both in Italian and English, in Canada, the US and Italy – ranging from Dante’s Divina Commedia to Renaissance theater to Italian madrigal music to Women’s studies. In addition, he has published two monographs respectively on pastoral drama (Ashgate, 2010) and early opera (Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2016). He also regularly lectures internationally on the American reception of Dante. His next contracted book features an altogether new historiographical approach to early opera that fully accounts for its literary component (forthcoming in 2019).

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