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Matteo Pace was born in Rome, where in 2011 he earned his Laurea Triennale in Lettere at Sapienza University of Rome, with a thesis in Romance Philology and Literatures titled Le misure della distanza. Semantica cognitiva della metafora marina d’amore, examining texts like the Historia Apollonii Regis Tyri, Thomas’ Tristan et Yseut, Martin Codax’s cantigas de amigo and the anonymous Mare amoroso. In Fall 2012, he joined the Department of Italian at Columbia University as a Ph.D. Student, with a Concentration in Comparative Literature and Society from ICLS.
His research focuses on a comparative analysis of Medieval literatures (mostly Italian, but also French, Occitan and Latin), particularly about the philosophical implications of the concepts of love and nature, the presence of medical lexicon and imagery in vernacular literatures, and the blending between theological and mystical strives in the language of love. He is also interested in the intersection between the cognitive theory of metaphor and literary criticism, notably in the development of a body-centered and experiential semantics.
He has worked on William IX of Aquitaine and the Archpoet’s selection of an idealized public, on the metaphorical conceptualization of love and sea in Thomas’ Tristan et Yseut, on Catherine of Siena’s blood piety and theology, and on three entries for Brill’s Encyclopedia of Medieval Chronicles. He is currently contributing to the Dante Digital Project at Columbia University, and teaching Italian language as a Teaching Fellow.
He is also a member of the Dante Society and the Medieval Academy of America.