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Grace Delmolino is a PhD candidate (May 2018) in the Department of Italian and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. Her research spans Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch, canon law, economic history, and gender studies. Her dissertation, Boccaccio’s Legal Mind, historicizes Boccaccio’s study of canon law and demonstrates that his legal training catalyzed the attention to women and gender issues that we see throughout his works, especially the Decameron. Her next project will move to Dante, exploring the historical judges and jurists who punctuate the Divine Comedy. She has been Senior Assistant Editor of Digital Dante since 2013.
Grace’s work on medieval literature and legal history engages deeply with contemporary feminist theory. She has completed the Certificate in Feminist Scholarship at Columbia’s Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality (IRWGS), where she was also awarded the 2014-15 IRWGS Graduate Fellowship.
Her essay “Francesca and Filippa: Boccaccio’s Canon-Legal Theory of Consent in Esposizioni 5 and Decameron 6.7” won the 2015 Giuseppe Velli Prize for Best Graduate Student Essay on Boccaccio. Other recent work includes an article titled “The Economics of Conjugal Debt from the Decretum to Decameron 2.10,” forthcoming in Reconsidering Boccaccio (ed. Holmes and Stewart, University of Toronto Press). Her reading of Decameron 9.7, “The Tale of Margherita, a Self-Willed Wife,” will appear in Volume IX of the Lectura Boccaccii series sponsored by the American Boccaccio Association.
Grace is currently a Preceptor of Literature Humanities in the Core Curriculum and previously taught Italian language at Columbia. In 2014-15 she participated in the Teagle Fellowship, a year-long peer observation program focused on developing inclusive, innovative pedagogy.
Before coming to Columbia, Grace received a BA in English from Mount Holyoke College (2007) and a BA in Italian, German, and Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (2011). She earned her MA in Italian at Columbia in 2012, and her MPhil in Italian and ICLS in 2014.