Location: Bowdoin / Arielle Saiber


Arielle Saiber

Associate Professor of Romance Languages

Contact Information

Romance Languages
102 Riley House

Spring 2015

  • World Science Fiction (ENGL 2901)
  • Accelerated Elementary Italian (ITAL 1103)
  • World Science Fiction (ITAL 2500)

Arielle Saiber Medieval and Early Modern Studies Program, Bowdoin College


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

Research Interests

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

Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature
Literature & Science
Science Fiction

Complete CV (in PDFPDF)

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



Books and Edited Volumes

Italian Sound. Ed. with Deanna Shemek. California Italian Studies 4.1 (2014). 403pp.
(full issue here)

Open-Theme issue. Ed. with Deanna Shemek. California Italian Studies 4.2 (2014). 329pp.
(full issue here)

Longfellow and Dante. Ed. with Giuseppe Mazzotta. Dante Studies 128 (2010). 371pp.

Mathematics and the Imagination. Ed. with Henry S. Turner. Configurations 17 (2009). 195pp.
(Project Muse)

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

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


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

Paul Laffoley’s Dante’s Divine Comedy Triptych.” The Essential Paul Laffoley. Ed. Doug Walla. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. Forthcoming.

“Niccolò Tartaglia’s Poetic Solution to the Cubic Equation.” Journal of Mathematics and the Arts 8 (2014): 68-77.

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

 "Introduction" to Italian Sound, with Deanna Shemek. California Italian Studies 4.1 (2014). (full article here)

"The tre giri of Paradiso XXXIII," with Aba Mbirika. Dante Studies 131 (2013): 237-272. (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.
(full article here)E' USCITO MAINSTREAM, N. 11 di IF

Flying Saucers Would Never Land in Lucca: The Fiction of Italian Science Fiction.” California Italian Studies 2.1 (2011): 1-47. (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)

Introduction to “Mathematics and the Imagination,” with Henry S. Turner. Configurations 17.1-2 E' USCITO MAINSTREAM, N. 11 di IF(2009): 1-18.
(full article here)

When in (Renaissance) Rome...Cabinet. A Quarterly Magazine of Art and 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 insolito-2013(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)

 “Hyperdimensionality in Salvador Dalí’s Illustrations of Dante’s Paradiso,” with Elliott King. 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.

Works in Progress

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

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

Italian Science Fiction, with Umberto Rossi and Salvatore Proietti, ed. 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 September 2006)


World Science Fiction Course

(online since July 2014)

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
-Leonardo da Vinci
-Giambattista Vico


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


By Hampshire College about teaching in the Humanities
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"

2014: Course Development Fund (Bowdoin, for the "World Science Fiction" course)
2013: Faculty Travel Award (Bowdoin)
2012: Faculty Research Grant (Bowdoin, for Fantascienza: An Anthology of Italian Science Fiction)
2012 – 2013: Faculty Sabbatical Supplement (Bowdoin)
2008 – 2009: Villa I Tatti Fellowship, The Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies
2008 – 2009: NEH Research Fellowship (declined)
2004: Sydney B. Karofsky Prize (Bowdoin, for teaching)
2003 – 2004: Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship
2003 – 2004: Kenan Research Fellowship (Bowdoin, for sabbatical)
2000, 2007: Bowdoin Faculty Research Awards
2000:  Theron Rockwell Field Prize (Yale, for the best "poetic, literary, or religious work of scholarship" in any department that year)
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 (Yale)
1998 (summer): Warburg Institute Seminar Fellowship (London, England)
1997 – 1998 Lionel Pincus Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities (Yale)
1997 (summer): John F. Enders Research Grant (Yale)
1995 – 1998 (summers): Centro Internazionale di Studi Bruniani research grants (Naples, Italy)
1994 (spring): Folger Institute Fellow
1993 – 1995: A. Bartlett Giamatti Fellowship for Italian Studies (Yale)
1993 – 1997: Yale University Fellowship
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"

Academic Spotlight: Bowdoin's Longfellow-Dante Connection Lives on

Campus News: Dante's Inferno Video Game Ignites Media Interest in Arielle Saiber

Academic Spotlight: From Hot Sauce to Xbox, Dante Still Rocks

Academic Spotlight: Dante, Mathematics and Cognitive Theory Are la dolce vita for Italian Prof

Academic Spotlight: Arielle Saiber Receives 2004 Karofsky Award for Junior Faculty