Academic journal article Italica

Mark Louis Musa: (1934-2014)

Academic journal article Italica

Mark Louis Musa: (1934-2014)

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Mark Louis Musa (born 27 May 1934), Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Italian at Indiana University, passed away on 31 December 2014 in Pollensa, Mallorca (Spain). He leaves behind a wife, Isabella Silva Musa, and two sons, Max and Mark Andrea.

Mark Musa earned an undergraduate degree at Rutgers University in 1956, where he studied with poet and literary critic John Ciardi, a distinguished translator of Dante, under whose tutelage he translated and published a new version of Dante's Vita Nuova, an edition that has been continuously in print since its appearance in 1961. Musa completed his doctorate in Italian Studies in 1961 at the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Leo Spitzer, Charles Singleton, and Anna Granville Hatcher before coming to Indiana University in the same year. In 1965, Musa founded the Indiana University Bologna Cooperative Studies Program, an institution that continues to function to the present day, and it was under his guidance that the Italian doctoral program was first established on the Bloomington campus.

Musa received a Fulbright Fellowship to Italy (1956-58) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (1971), as well as Indiana University's Distinguished Teaching and Mentoring Award in 1996. …

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