Dennis Looney

  • Associate Professor, Department of French and Italian
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Classics

Dennis Looney is associate professor in the Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures and adjunct member in the Department of Classics. 

For several summers in the mid-1980s he taught in the intensive Latin/Greek Institute at the City University of New York. He has received National Endowment for the Humanities grants for summer study. 

His general interest is in history of the classical tradition, with a particular focus on the connection between classical writings and the vernacular literature of medieval and Renaissance Italy.  He has published articles on Dante, Petrarch, Ariosto, and Tasso, and a book on the reception of the classics in Ferrara from 1450-1600, Compromising the Classics: Romance Epic Narrative in the Italian Renaissance (Wayne State UP, 1996).  His book was nominated the finalist for the Modern Language Association's Marraro Award for best book in Italian Studies, 1996-1998.


Education & Training

  • PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill