Academic journal article Italica

In Memoriam: Glenn Pierce (1940-2004)

Academic journal article Italica

In Memoriam: Glenn Pierce (1940-2004)

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There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion q]: life.

-- Federico Fellini

In the year 2004, the Italian scholarly community has borne the loss of several of its senior scholars with shock, dismay, and sorrow. The sudden passing of Glenn Pierce, professor of Italian at the University of Missouri-Columbia, provoked such a response from colleagues, fellow scholars, friends, and former students. He died from an aneurysm on October 7, 2004 in his beloved Milan. He is survived by his sister, Linda Pierce Plues, of San Diego, and his nephews, Eric Alexander Plues and Adam Pierce Plues.

Glenn Palen Pierce was born on September 10, 1940 in San Diego, California. He went to El Cajon High School where he was the Associate Student Body President. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in international relations from Georgetown University in 1962. He went on to receive a master's degree in international business from Johns Hopkins in 1966 after a year's residency in Bologna, Italy. He received a master's degree in Italian from the University of California-Los Angeles in 1974 and a doctoral degree from the same institution in 1977

Glenn Pierce's academic career began as an Assistant Professor of Italian in 1979 at the University of Virginia. From 1985 to the present, he was first an Associate Professor, then Professor of Italian at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Under his guidance, student interest in Italian grew dramatically at MU. In addition to devoting regular attention to the pedagogy of the elementary Italian language sequence, Professor Pierce helped pioneer ways in which upper-division Italian courses might be used to meet the campus Writing Intensive requirement, and he was instrumental in the establishment of an Italian Studies minor. His courses in Italian Film served the general education interests of many MU students, including those pursuing the Film Studies Minor.

Glenn was very active in both of the major Italian associations in North America, the American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI) and the American Association of Italian Studies (AAIS). He served as Treasurer for the American Association of Italian Studies from 1981-1986 and as the Vice President from 1987-1993. In 2002, he hosted the twenty-second annual convention of the AAIS on Missouri's campus. He is the author of Alessandro Manzoni and the Aesthetics of the Lombard Seicento: Finding the Arts in the Narrative of I promessi sposi (Cranbury, NJ: Bucknell UP, 1998); Vivere in Italia (Ottawa: Legas, 1992), an advanced language and culture text, co-authored with Pietro Frassica; "'Il Titolo non si sa": Tommaso Santagostino e il teatro milanese del Seicento (Alessandria: Edizioni Dell'Orso, 1991), and The Character Mask and 'Reform" in the Commedia dell'Arte (Naples: Societa Editrice Napoletana, 1986). He has also written numerous articles on seventeenth-century Italian literature with special emphasis on works written in the Milanese dialect. At the time of his death, he was preparing a translation of Carlo Maggi's plays and, with Albert Mancini, a volume on seventeenth-century Italian writers. …

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