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Savannah Elizabeth Cooper-Ramsey
Savannah Cooper-Ramsey is a PhD candidate in the Department of Italian at Columbia University. She graduated from Bard College with a BA in History in 2004; her undergraduate thesis examined the gender, ethnic and national identity transformations of South Philadelphia's Italian American women during World War II. Prior to pursuing graduate study Savannah managed the bookstore of the Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia and was actively involved in literacy and volunteer outreach throughout the city, creating and coordinating reading series, writers workshops, and other literary events. In 2008 she completed her MA in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth, with a paper focusing on performance and the fictive female voice in the dialogued poetry of Cecco Angiolieri. She earned her MPhil from Columbia University in 2012 and is currently writing her dissertation, a close reading of Dante's tenzoni, provisionally titled, "Friends, Family, Florentines and Fellow Poets: Dante in Dialogue and Medieval Concepts of Community." Her research interests include: medieval Italian lyric poetry, Dante, Boccaccio, medieval Italian culture and history, critical theory, gender, performance, dialogism, kinship, material culture, and language pedagogy.