Academic journal article Italica

From the Editor

Academic journal article Italica

From the Editor

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In this issue, we commemorate the sad departure of Vittore Branca and Luigi Monga, two beloved scholars and colleagues who have, in different ways, contributed to the dissemination of Italian literature and culture. I was fortunate enough to have met and appreciated both. I met Branca in the best of circumstances for a graduate student: when, in the fall 1989, he was visiting professor at Columbia University, where I was finishing my PhD. He taught a course on one of his best scholarly specialties: literature and philology. He discussed methodological issues on textual analysis and critical editions, exemplifying with Boccaccio, Poliziano, Alfieri, and Montale. Unfortunately, I saw him only a couple of times since then, and I certainly regret not having visited him more often, although we have exchanged letters and phone calls on a regular basis: the last time was exactly one month before his death, when I told him that the review of his last work on Boccaccio (co-authored with Maurizio vitale) was under way and would be published soon. Ironically, that review, published in this very issue, is now a posthumous homage to Branca's lifelong efforts on the author of the Decameron. Luigi Monga was, of course, a household face to the entire family of North American Italianists. …

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