Laurence Edward Hooper

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor of Italian

My research focuses on literary authorship in Italian culture of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. I study how writers in the vernacular drew on learnèd disciplines like theology and law to establish their authority. I usually write on major figures such as Dante and Petrarch, although I am also interested in less well-known contemporaries such as Guido Guinizzelli, Brunetto Latini, or Cino da Pistoia.

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My ongoing book project, Exile and Authorship in Dante, examines Dante's use of the unusual term exilium/essilio to redefine his banished status in terms alien to late medieval political exclusion. I show that this re-envisioning of exile underwrites an equally innovative vision of authorship grounded in an inspired subjectivity drawn from the works of Saint Augustine. 

I have also published on twentieth-century Italian culture, including articles on Pier Paolo Pasolini's theater and his narrative realism, and an article and a book chapter on the translation of dialect poetry.

Laurence Hooper passed away January, 25th 2019.

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257 Haldeman, Neukom Institute
HB 6087
French and Italian
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
B.A. (Hons) Cambridge University, 2003
M.Phil Cambridge University, 2004
Ph.D. Cambridge University, 2009

Selected Publications

Brendan Hennessy, Laurence E. Hooper, and Charles L. Leavitt IV, eds. "Realisms and Idealisms in Italian Culture 1300-2017," The Italianist 37.3 (2017).
Editors' introduction:

"Characterization and Eschatological Realism from Dante to Petrarch," The Italianist 37.3 (2017): 289-307.

"Exile and Petrarch's Reinvention of Authorship," Renaissance Quarterly 69.4 (2016): 1217-56.

“Dante’s Convivio, Book 1: Exile, Metaphor, Epochē,” MLN 127.5, Supplement (2012): S86-S104.
DOI: 10.1353/mln.2012.0152

“Exile and Rhetorical Order in the Vita nova,” L’Alighieri n.s. 38 (2011): 5-27.
DOI: 10.1400/179061

“‘Riacquistare la Casarsa Buona’: Exile, Realism, and Authorship in Pasolini’s Atti impuri and Amado mio,” Italian Studies 68.1 (2013): 140-56.
DOI: 10.1179/0075163412Z.00000000037

“‘Un estraneo in una terra ostile’: Exile and Engagement in Pasolini’s Verse Dramas,” Italica 89.3 (2012): 357-70.

“Dialectal Dialectics: Translating Trilussa,” The Italianist 25.2 (2005): 280-306.
DOI: 10.1179/026143405X77434

Works in Progress

"Characterization." In The Cambridge Companion to Dante's "Divine Comedy," ed. Zygmunt Barański and Simon Gilson. Forthcoming.

Book project: Exile and Authorship in Dante 

Selected Works and Activities

Translation: Paolo Grossi, A History of European Law, trans. Laurence Hooper (Oxford: Blackwell, 2010)