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Gloria Allaire


Retiring at the end of the 2023-2024 academic year. Please direct any U.K. Italian Program questions to Prof. Ioana Larco.

Research Interests:
Andrea da Barberino
chivalric epic
Arthurian romances

PhD in Italian, University of Wisconsin M.A. in Italian, University of Wisconsin B.M. (Music Education), University of Wisconsin


My past research focused on the Romance Epic in late medieval Italy and brought to light the huge narrative cycle of Florentine author, Andrea da Barberino. Since then, I have edited, or am editing, previously unpublished Tristan texts in Italian. I have also presented papers and published a co-edited book on the Arthurian romances in Italy. I also have a long-standing interest in opera; my first degree was in music and I studied bel canto for several years, performing in many opera choruses and serving as Italian coach for the Madison Opera.

Selected Publications:

Il Tristano riccardiano. MS 1729 (Parodi's siglum 'F'), edition with English translation. Cambridge: Brewer, 2024.

Co-editor with Julie Human. Courtly Pastimes. Medieval Casebooks Series. Routledge, 2023.

Il Tristano corsiniano, edition with English translation. Cambridge: Brewer, 2015.  

Co-editor with F. Regina Psaki. The Arthur of the Italians: The Arthurian Legend in Medieval Italian Literature and Culture. Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages, VII. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2014.

"Dante Equestrian." In "Accessus ad Auctores." Studies in Honor of Christopher Kleinhenz. Eds. Fabian Alfie and Andrea Dini. MRTS, 397. Tempe, AZ: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2011.  Pp.157--68.

"Literary Evidence for Multilingualism: The Roman de Tristan in its Italian Incarnations." In Medieval Multilingualism: The Francophone World and its Neighbours. Eds. Christopher Kleinhenz and Keith Busby. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2010. Pp. 145--54.

"Andrea da Barberino: prospettive vecchie, nuove e . . . lontane." In Paladini di carta: Il modello cavalleresco fiorentino. Ed. Marco Villoresi. Università degli Studi di Firenze, Studi e Testi, 28. Roma: Bulzoni, 2006. Pp. 31--40.

“The Narrative World of Andrea da Barberino.” In Firenze alla vigilia del Rinascimento. Antonio Pucci e i suoi contemporanei. Atti del Convegno di Montreal, 22-23 ottobre 2004. McGill University. Ed. Maria Bendinelli Predelli. Firenze: Edizioni Cadmo, 2006. Pp. 11--20.

“The Anti-Romances of Andrea da Barberino.” In Courtly Arts and the Art of Courtliness. Proceedings from the 2004 Courtly Literature Meeting. Eds. Keith Busby and Christopher Kleinhenz. Cambridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2006.

Editor, Schaum's Easy Outlines: Italian. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2004.

Editor, The Italian Novella, collection of essays. New York and London: Routledge, 2003.

Il Tristano panciatichiano, critical edition with English translation. Cambridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2002.

Editor, Modern Retellings of Chivalric Texts. Aldershot, England: Ashgate, 1999.

Andrea da Barberino and the Language of Chivalry. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1997.


Courses I have taught include Italian 101 through 202 as well as MCL 591 Practicum in Italian, Italian Paleography, "The Italian Novella" and "Dante's Comedy."

On research leave summer 2022 through spring 2023.