Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures
Romance Languages & Lits
102 Riley House
Current teaching schedule available on the public course finder.
Ph.D., Italian Literature, Yale University
B.A., Philosophy/Cognitive Science, Hampshire College
Medieval and Renaissance Literature and Philosophy
Literature & Science Studies
Intersections between Mathematics and Literature
History of Science and Mathematics
Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature
Literature & Science
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. (Pre-print here)
“Paul Laffoley’s Dante’s Divine Comedy Triptych.” The Essential Paul Laffoley. Ed. Doug Walla. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. Forthcoming.
"Introduction" to Italian Science Fiction, with Umberto Rossi. Science Fiction Studies 126.42.2 (2015): 209-216.
"A Selection of Italian Science Fiction Novels and Short Stories Translated and Published in English," with Salvatore Proietti. Italian Science Fiction. Science Fiction Studies 126.42.2 (2015): 354-356.
“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)
“Flying Saucers Would Never Land in Lucca: The Fiction of Italian Science Fiction.” California Italian Studies 2.1 (2011): 1-47. (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)
“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.
Measured Words: Computation and Writing in Renaissance Italy. 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.
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). (full review here)
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. (full review here)
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. (full review here)
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)
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.
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
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).
Lecture on Dante's Paradiso 28, Boston College, October 2012
• Bowdoin College: Welcome to the Parents of the Class of 2019
• Bowdoin College about technology in teaching and research
• Hampshire College about teaching in the Humanities
• Interview by Massimo Mongai for Il Tredicesimo Cavaliere on Italian science fiction
• Interview by Cristian Tamas for Europa SF (The European Science Fiction Portal) on Italian science ficiton
• Interview by Jon Gordon of Future Tense (now Marketplace Tech) on the video game "Dante's Inferno"
• Campus News: Dante's Inferno Video Game Ignites Media Interest in Arielle Saiber
• Academic Spotlight: Bowdoin's Longfellow-Dante Connection Lives on
• 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
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, given to one faculty member a year)
2003 – 2004: Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship
2003 – 2004: Kenan Research Fellowship (Bowdoin, for sabbatical, given to one faculty member a year)
2000, 2007: Bowdoin Faculty Research Awards
2000: Theron Rockwell Field Prize for my Ph.D. Thesis, "Giordano Bruno's Geometry of Langauge" (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
Bowdoin College about technology in teaching and research
Hampshire College about teaching in the Humanities
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
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