My current research, funded by SSHRC, focuses on the reception—including commentaries, editions and translations—of Boethius’s De consolatione Philosophiae (The Consolation of Philosophy) in Italy between 1450 and 1550. My forthcoming book is an edition of the most famous translation of the Consolation, that by Benedetto Varchi (1551). In the last two years I have been working on the Italian intellectual communities (humanists, religious orders, etc.) reading and studying the Latin classics, focusing on the educational institutions in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. I have also embarked on a major project: the volume of the Corpus Translationum et Commentariorum encyclopedia dedicated to Boethius’s Consolation. A secondary field of investigation includes the literary communities of Rome and Messina in the 17th century, in particular the satirical poets who used a particular mixture of Latin and Italian (the so called “macaronic Latin”) to write their works.
- Ph.D. in Italian Linguistics (University of Toronto, 2005)
- MA in Italian Studies (University of Toronto, 2000)
- Laurea in Lettere (University of Messina, 1997)
Research and Teaching Interests
- Intellectual History (Renaissance Italy)
- Italian medieval and Renaissance Literature
- History of the Italian Language (with an emphasis on Sociolinguistics and Dialectology)
- Italian Civilization
- Translation Studies
- Brancato, Dario, ed. Il Boezio di Benedetto Varchi. Florence (Italy): Olschki. Under Contract. Scheduled publication: 2011.
- Brancato, Dario. “La lettera dedicatoria della Consolazione della filosofia di Benedetto Varchi e le teorie linguistiche tardocinquecentesche.” Studi rinascimentali 1 (2003): 83-93.
- Brancato, Dario. “ ‘O Facitor de gli stellanti chiostri.’ Un’inedita traduzione di De consolatione philosophiae, libro I metro 5, di Benedetto Varchi.” Lettere Italiane 55.2 (2003): 257-66.
- Brancato, Dario. “Appunti linguistici sul Boezio di Alberto della Piagentina.” Accademia Peloritana dei Pericolanti. Atti della Classe di Lettere, Filosofia e Belle Arti 76 (2000): 128-276.
- Brancato, Dario. “Towards the Definition of a Standard: Spoken and Non-Verbal Languages in Early Modern Italy” (text available at http://www.semioticon.com/virtuals/talks/dario_brancato.htm
Book Chapters (peer reviewed):
- Brancato, Dario. “Readers and Interpreters of the Consolation in Italy (1300-1550).” The Brill Companion to Boethius in the Middle Ages, eds. Philip Phillips and Noel Kaylor. Submitted. Scheduled publication: October 2011.
- Brancato, Dario. “Benedetto Varchi Traduttore di Boezio.” Benedetto Varchi nel cinquecentenario della nascita (1503-2003), Atti del Convegno (Firenze, 16-17 dicembre 2003), ed. Vanni Bramanti. Rome (Italy): Edizioni Storia e Letteratura, 2007: 95-155.
Reviews (2005-2011 only):
- Review of The Italian Emblem, A Collection of Essays, by Donato Mansueto and Elena Laura Calogero (Emblem Studies 12). Emblematica 17 (2009): 393-96.
- Review of Language and Literacy in Lombard Italy, by Nicholas Everett. Quaderni d’Italianistica 26.2 (2005): 126-32.
Conference Proceedings (as editor):
- Pietropaolo, Domenico, Luca Somigli, and Dario Brancato, eds. Modernity and Modernism in the Mediterranean World. Ottawa: Legas, 2006.
- Brancato, Dario, Fabio Calabrese, Paolo Chirumbolo, and Kevin Reynolds, eds. Transitions. Proceedings of the International Conference, University of Toronto, Nov. 2-3 2001. Fiesole: Cadmo, 2004.
Conference Papers (peer-reviewed; 2010-2011):
- “Was Courcelle Right? Late Medieval and Renaissance Readers of the Consolation in Italy.” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 14, 2011.
- “Three Translations for the Duke: Boethius’s Consolatio in 1550s Florence.” Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Venice, March 24th, 2011.
- “Agostiniani e volgare nella Milano del Rinascimento: Anselmo Tanzo e il primo Boezio a stampa.” Canadian Society for Italian Studies, May 29, 2010
- “Littérature et langue italiennes au Québec : l'oubli du patrimoine latin”. Association francophone pour le savoir – Acfas. 78e congrès, Montreal, May 10, 2010.
- “Ficino’s Plato in Lorenzo de’ Medici’s and Diacceto’s Boethius,” Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Venice, April 10th, 2010.
- SSHRC 2010-12, individual research grant