Location: Bowdoin / Arielle Saiber

Italian

Arielle Saiber

Associate Professor of Romance Languages

Contact Information

asaiber@bowdoin.edu
207-725-3354
Romance Languages
102 Riley House



Fall 2014

  • Advanced Italian I (ITAL 2305)
  • Dante's "Commedia" (ITAL 3020)


Arielle Saiber

Education

Ph.D., Italian Literature, Yale University, 1999
B.A., Philosophy/Cognitive Science, Hampshire College, 1993 

Research Interests

Dante
Medieval and Renaissance Literature and Philosophy
Literature & Science Studies
Intersections between Mathematics and Literature
History of Science and Mathematics
Science Fiction
Theories on the imagination
Cognitive Approaches to Literature
Electronic music

Teaching Areas

Dante
Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature
Literature & Science

Complete CV (in PDF)

Giordano Bruno and the Geometry of LanguageImages of Quattrocento Florence: Selected Writings in Literature, History, and ArtDantis Purgatorio

ConfigurationsRoutledgeCabinet

 

Books

Giordano Bruno and the Geometry of Language (Aldershot, England: Ashgate Press, 2005). (Introduction available here)

with Stefano Baldassarri, ed. Images of Quattrocento Florence: Selected Writings in Literature, History, and Art (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000).


Articles

with Aba Mbirika. "The tre giri of Paradiso XXXIII." Dante Studies. Forthcoming.

“The Song of the Return: Paradiso XXXIII.” Lectura Dantis: Paradiso. Ed. Allen Mandelbaum, Anthony Oldcorn, and Charles Ross. Berkeley: University of California Press. Forthcoming.

E' USCITO MAINSTREAM, N. 11 di IF“Paul Laffoley’s Dante’s Divine Comedy Triptych.” Paul Laffoley: Building for the Bauharoque. Ed. Doug Walla. New York: Kent Gallery, Inc. Forthcoming.

“Niccolò Tartaglia’s Poetic Solution to the Cubic Equation.” Journal of Mathematics and the Arts 8 (2014): 10pp.

"(Coda) Sound Bytes: Experimental Electronic Music and Sound Art in Italy." Italian Sound. A special issue of California Italian Studies 4.1 (2014). 5pp. (full article here)

with Deanna Shemek. "Introduction" to Italian Sound. A special issue of California Italian Studies 4.1 (2014). 12pp. (full article here)

“The Game of Love: Caccia di Diana.” Boccaccio: A Critical Guide to the Complete Works. Ed. Victoria Kirkham, Michael Sherberg, and Janet Smarr. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013: 109-117.

Flying Saucers Would Never Land in Lucca: The Fiction of Italian Science Fiction.” California Italian Studies 2.1 (2011). 47pp. (full article here)


"The Middle Ages and Early Renaissance." Routledge Companion to Literature and Science. Ed. Bruce Clarke and Manuela Rossini. London: Routledge Press. 2010: 423-437. (full article here)

with Henry S. Turner. Introduction to “Mathematics and the Imagination.” A special issue of Configurations 17.1-2 (2009): 1-18. (full article here)

When in (Renaissance) Rome...Cabinet. A Quarterly Magazine of Art E' USCITO MAINSTREAM, N. 11 di IFand Culture 35 (2009): 12-15. (full article here)

Virtual Reality: Purgatorio XV.Lectura Dantis: Purgatorio. Eds. Allen Mandelbaum, Anthony Oldcorn, and Charles Ross. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008: 151-166. (full article here)

The Polyvalent Discourse of Electronic Music.” PMLA. October (2007): 1613-1625. (full article here)

Flexilinear Language in Giambattista Della Porta’s Elementorum curvilinearoum libri tres.” Annali d’Italianistica 23 (2005): 89-104. (full article here)

The Giordano Asteroid and Giordano Bruno Lunar Crater: A Tale of Two Namings.Bruniana & Campanelliana 10.1 (2004): 183-191. (full article here)

insolito-2013with Elliott King. “Hyperdimensionality in Salvador Dalí’s Illustrations of Dante’s Paradiso.” Illuminating Dante (an online database of articles supported by the Dante Society of America and a grant from the Mellon Foundation), April, 2003.

Ornamental Flourishes in Giordano Bruno’s Geometry.” Sixteenth Century Journal 34 (2003): 730-747. (full article here)

Un convegno su Bruno a Chicago.Bruniana & Campanelliana 5 (1999) 1: 213-15.


Guest Editor for Journals

with Deanna Shemek, ed. Italian Sound. A special issue of California Italian Studies 4.1 (2014). 17 essays, 403pp. (full issue here)

with Deanna Shemek, ed. Open-Theme issue of California Italian Studies 4.2 (2014). 13 essays, 329pp. (full issue here)

with Giuseppe Mazzotta. Longfellow and Dante. A special issue of Dante Studies 128 (2010). 371pp. (Jstor)

with Henry S. Turner. Mathematics and the Imagination.  A special issue of Configurations 17 (2009). 195pp. (Project Muse)


Works in Progress

Well-Versed Mathematics in Early Modern Italy (1450-1650). Advance contract with the University of Toronto Press.

with Giuseppe Lippi, ed. Fantascienza: An Anthology of Italian Science Fiction from the 1860s-1960s. Advance contract with Wesleyan University Press.

with Umberto Rossi and Salvatore Proietti, ed. Italian Science Fiction. A special issue of Science Fiction Studies.

Translation and critical edition of Giordano Bruno, De l’infinito universo e mondi (London, 1584) for the University of Toronto Press. Ed. Brian Copenhaver and David Marsh.


Web Projects

Dante Today: Citings and Sightings of Dante’s Works in Contemporary Culture  
(online since 2006)

dante-today   


World Science Fiction Course

(started June 2014, in progress)

wsf course  

Book Reviews

Paolo d’Alessandro and Pier Daniele Napolitani, ed. Archimede Latino. Iacopo da San Cassiano e il Corpus archimedeo alla metà del quattrocento, con edizione della Circuli Dimensio e della Quadratura Parabolae.  Tr. P. d’Alessandro and P. D. Napolitani (Paris: Les Belles Lettres, 2012) for Renaissance Quarterly 67.3 (2014).

Simonetta Bassi, ed., Bruno nel XXI secolo. Interpretazioni e ricerche. Atti delle giornate di Studio (Pisa, 15-16 ottobre 2009), with a bibliography of Bruno studies from 2001-2010 by Maria Elena Severini (Florence: Olschki, 2012) for Medium Aevum 82.2 (2013): 376.

Anna Laura Puliafito Bleuel, Comica pazzia: Vicissitudine e destini umani nel Candelaio di Giordano Bruno (Florence: Olschki, 2007) for Renaissance Quarterly 62 (Spring 2009): 207-209.

Eugenio Canone and Ingrid Rowland, ed. The Alchemy of Extremes: The Laboratory of The Eroici Furori of Giordano Bruno (Pisa-Rome: Istituti Editoriali e Poligrafici Internazionali, 2007) for The Medieval Review. (2008)

Leo Catana, The Concept of Contraction in Giordano Bruno’s Philosophy (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing 2005) for Renaissance Quarterly 59.3 (2006): 833-834.

Pierpaolo Antonello and Simon Gilson, ed., Science and Literature in Italian Culture: A Festschrift for Pat Boyde (Oxford: Legenda, 2005) for Italian Studies 60.2 (2005): 255-257.

Louis Van Delft, Frammento e anatomia: Rivoluzione scientifica e creazione letteraria (Bologna: Il Mulino, 2004) for Renaissance Quarterly 58.3 (2005): 990-992.

Simon Gilson, Medieval Optics and Theories of Light in the Works of Dante (NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2000) and Alison Cornish, Reading Dante’s Stars (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000) for Italian Culture 20.1-2 (2002): 222-225.


Encyclopedia Entries

The Encyclopedia of Italian Literary Studies. Ed. Gaetana Marrone and Paolo Puppa. 2 vols. (London: Routledge Press, 2006).
-Folgore da San Gimignano
-Rustico di Filippo

The Encyclopedia of Literature and Science (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2002).
-Literature and Science in Italy
-Dante
-Leonardo da Vinci
-Giambattista Vico


Translations

De Matteo, Giovanni. The Connectivist Manifesto. Tr. Arielle Saiber and Salvatore Proietti, 2013.

Ordine, Nuccio. Giordano Bruno and the Philosophy of the Ass (1987). Tr. Henryk Baranski and Arielle Saiber (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996).

The diaries of architect Paolo Soleri, 1994 (not for publication).


Recorded Lecture

Lecture on Dante's Paradiso 28, Boston College, October 2012


Interviews

By Massimo Mongai for Il Tredicesimo Cavaliere on Italian science fiction
By Cristian Tamas for Europa SF (The European Science Fiction Portal) on Italian science ficiton
By Jon Gordon of Future Tense (now Marketplace Tech) on the video game "Dante's Inferno"

2012 Faculty Research Grant (Bowdoin College, for Fantascienza: An Anthology of Italian Science Fiction)
2012 - 2013 Faculty Sabbatical Supplement (Bowdoin College)
2008 – 2009 Villa I Tatti Fellowship, The Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies
2008 – 2009 NEH Research Fellowship
2004 – Sydney B. Karofsky Prize (for teaching)
2003 – 2004 Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship
2003 – 2004 Kenan Research Fellowship (Bowdoin College for sabbatical)
2000, 2007 Bowdoin Faculty Research Awards
2000 – Theron Rockwell Field Prize (Yale University)
1998 – 1999 Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici Dissertation Award (Naples, Italy)
1998 (fall) Yale College Fellow to teach a College Seminar
1998 (summer) John Perry Miller Research Grant
1998 (summer) Warburg Institute Seminar Fellowship (London, England)
1997 – 1998 Lionel Pincus Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities
1997 (summer) John F. Enders Research Grant
1995 – 1998 (summers) Centro Internazionale di Studi Bruniani research grants (Naples, Italy)
1994 (spring) Folger Institute Fellow
1993 – 1997 Yale University Fellowship
1993 – 1995 A. Bartlett Giamatti Fellowship for Italian Studies
1993 The Pirandello Lyceum Award for Italian Studies

World Science Fiction course site

Dante Today: Citings and Sightings of Dante's Works in Contemporary Culture

Interview by Massimo Mongai for Il Tredicesimo Cavaliere on Italian Science Fiction

Interview by Cristian Tamas for Europa SF (The European Sciene Fiction Portal)

Interview by Jon Gordon of Future Tense (now Marketplace Tech) on the Video Game "Dante's Inferno"

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