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Andrea Moudarres

Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies
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Andrea Moudarres (Ph.D  Yale University 2011) is Associate Professor of Italian and the Director of Undergraduate Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests include Renaissance epic, Dante, Humanism, Machiavelli and political philosophy, and the presence of classical literature in medieval and early modern culture. He is co-editor of two volumes of collected essays: New Worlds and the Italian Renaissance: Contribution to the History of European Intellectual Culture (Leiden: Brill, 2012); and Luigi Pulci in Renaissance Florence and Beyond: New Perspectives on his Poetry and Influence (Turnhout: Brepols, 2017). He has also published articles on Dante, Islam in Quattrocento Humanism, Machiavelli, Tasso, and Vico.

Professor Moudarres’s book, The Enemy in Italian Renaissance Epic: Images of Hostility from Dante to Tasso (forthcoming with the University of Delaware Press, and recipient of the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Publication Award for a Manuscript in Italian Literary Studies), examines the question of violence with regard to both internal and external forms of hostility. Through the investigation of the poetic works of Dante, Pulci, Ariosto, and Tasso, he argues that enmity reflects the fundamental vulnerability of political power and that in fact all forms of hostility – even those conventionally considered external, as between Christian and Islamic forces in the Middle Ages and Renaissance consistently arise from within political or religious entities.

In 2012-2014, Moudarres was a fellow in the ACLS New Faculty Fellows Program. In Spring 2014 he delivered the keynote address at the Induction and Awards Ceremony of the Alpha Lambda Delta & Phi Eta Sigma Honor Societies at UCLA.

Courses Taught

Graduate Courses

Ital 214A: La Divina Commedia

Ital 216B: Ariosto and Renaissance Epic                                

Ital 298: Metamorphoses and Monstrosity in Italian Literature


Undergraduate Courses

Ital 42A: Early Modern Italy

Ital 103A: Introduction to Classic Italian Literary and Cultural Studies

Ital 110: Dante in English

Ital 113: Dante’s Commedia

Ital 116A: Italian Renaissance: Renewal of Art and Thought

Ital 116B: Power and Imagination in the Renaissance          


  • New Worlds and the Italian Renaissance book cover
    New Worlds and the Italian Renaissance
    Brill, 2012
  • Luigi Pulci In Renaissance Florence and Beyond book cover
    Luigi Pulci In Renaissance Florence and Beyond


Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

“Diomedes’ Silence: Homer, Suetonius, and Dante’s Irony in Inferno 26,” Le tre corone III (2016): 11-24.

“On the Threshold of Law: Dictatorship and Exception in Machiavelli and Schmitt,” I Tatti Studies 18:2 (Fall 2015): 349-370.

“Beheading the Son: Mohammed and Bertran de Born in Inferno 28,” California Italian Studies 5:1 (2014): 550-565.

“The Enemy at Home: Fratricide and Civil Strife in Machiavelli’s Thought,” MLN 129.1 (2014): 22-41.

“Crusade and Conversion: Islam as Schism in Pius II and Nicholas of Cusa,” MLN 128.1 (2013): 40-52.

“The Giant’s Heel: Pride and Treachery in Pulci’s Morgante,” MLN 127.1 (2012): 164-172.

“Carafa and Godfrey: Tasso’s Influence on Vico’s Conception of War,” New Vico Studies XXV (Spring 2008): 53-66.

“Dante, Omero e la ‘Gloria’ della Poesia,” Intersezioni XXVI, 2 (2006): 287-300.

“Tra Arte e Letteratura. Il Mito di Dafne nel Barocco,” Trame (2005): 5-33.