Ronald Martinez

Professor of Italian Studies

Research Interests

Trecento literature
Renaissance drama
cultural history


R. L. Martinez has published some forty scholarly essays on Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Ariosto, and Machiavelli, co-authored a book on Dante’s lyrics (Time and the Crystal: Studies in Dante’s Rime Petrose, University of California Press, 1990) and translated Italian plays and literary criticism. In 2011, in collaboration with Robert M. Durling, he finished an edition with translation and commentary of Dante’s Paradiso (the first two volumes, Inferno and Purgatorio, were published in 1996 and 2003). He is currently writing a study of Dante’s adaptation of liturgy to narrative and linguistic aspects of his work.