Martin Marafioti

Martin Marafioti

Professor
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
Modern Languages and Cultures - NYC
NYC
1116
41 Park Row
| Office Hours: Mon 12:20pm-1:20pm,Tue 10:00am-1:00pm,Wed 4:30pm-5:30pm
Westchester
Choate House

Biography

Faculty Bio

Dr. Marafioti has been a faculty member in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at Pace University since 2004. He completed his Ph.D. in Italian Studies at the Johns Hopkins University, specializing in Italian Medieval and Early Modern literature and the intersections between literature and medicine.

He recently has published a translation of Michele Savonarola’s Mother’s Manual for the Women of Ferrara, a Fifteenth Century Guide to Pregnancy and Pediatrics [Ed. Gabriella Zuccolin] with Iter Press, University of Toronto (2022); and a monograph titled
Storytelling as Plague Prevention in Medieval and Early Modern Italy (Routledge, 2018).

At Pace University, Dr. Marafioti teaches a wide variety of courses including Italian language (at all levels), Italian Literature, as well as courses he has developed that focus on an analysis of Italy through its cinema, representations of gender and sexuality in popular and official culture, Italian cultural identity, and the role of narrative throughout periods of epidemic illness.

Awards and Honors

  • Pace University, 2022, Scholarly Research Grant
  • Pace University, 2015, President's Award for Excellence, Team Award
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, 2014, National Endowment for the Humanities Translations and Scholarly Editions Grant
  • Pace University, 2013, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences ePortfolio Assessment Grant
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, 2009, Summer Seminar: "Disease in the Middle Ages"
  • New York University, 2008, Visiting Scholar
  • Pace University, 2007, Presidential Grant

Education

PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 2002
Italian Studies

MA, The Catholic University of America, 1993
Italian Literature

MA, The Catholic University of America, 1993
Spanish and Latin American Literature

BA, University of Maryland, 1990
Romance Languages

Research and Creative Works

Research Interest

Medieval and Early Modern Italian Literature and Cultural Studies, Intersections Between Literature and Medicine, History of Medicine

Grants, Sponsored Research and Contracts

July 2012 - July 2014. National Endowment for the Humanities Translations and Scholarly Editions Grant, Federal. Funded. National Endowment for the Humanities Translations and Scholarly Editions Grant. I am one of a team of scholars working with editor Dr. Albert Rabil awarded an NEH grant for the translation and scholarly edition of nine Modern English Editions to be published in the “Other Voice in Early Modern Europe” series. 2012-2014.

Courses Taught

Past Courses

DYS 499: Sen Yr Exp-Modern Lang/Culture
FRE 491: French Internship
INT 197: Rome: The Eternal City -Travel
INT 396: Books that Transform You
ITA 101: Elementary College Italian I
ITA 102: Elementary College Italian II
ITA 154: Gndr & Sxlty, Itln Styl
ITA 154: Modern Italian Culture & Film
ITA 154: The Splendors of Tuscany
ITA 154: Tpc: Italian Cinema
ITA 154: Tpc: Italy: Ystrdy, Tdy & Tmrw
ITA 154: Tpc: The Wrld of Dante's Infrn
ITA 163: Italian Civilization I
ITA 166: Italian Cinema
ITA 280: Intensive Review of Italian
ITA 283: Intermediate Italian Cnvrstn
ITA 284: Intermediate Italian Cmpstn
ITA 300: Italian Oggi
ITA 301: Advanced Italian Conversation
ITA 302: Advanced Italian Composition
ITA 304: Italian Trnsltn & Intpretatn
ITA 310: Italian Culture/Civilization I
ITA 316: Intro to Italian Literature I
ITA 317: Intro to Italian Literature II
ITA 320: Dante, Petrarca, and Boccaccio
ITA 380: Epics of Epid:Narration Plague
ITA 380: Italian Seminar: Italian Voice
ITA 380: Trnsfrmng Italian Lit. & Film
ITA 390: Italian Internship I
ITA 402: Shadow Seminar In Italian II
SPA 101: Elementary College Spanish I
SPA 102: Elementary College Spanish II

Publications and Presentations

Publications

A Mother's Manual for the Women of Ferrara: A Fifteenth-Century Guide to Pregnancy and Pediatrics, translated by Martin Marafioti, Edited by Gabriella Zuccolin
(2022, August). A Mother's Manual for the Women of Ferrara: A Fifteenth-Century Guide to Pregnancy and Pediatrics, translated by Martin Marafioti, Edited by Gabriella Zuccolin.Toronto , Canada : IterAcademic Press. https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/M/bo151927669.html

Riguardando Giovanni Boccaccio: Narrative Distraction as Self-Care in Franco Sacchetti's Trecentonovelle
(2019, September). Modern Language Notes. Vol 134S , pages S184-S192.

Storytelling as Plague Prevention in Medieval and Early Modern Italy
(2018, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). Storytelling as Plague Prevention in Medieval and Early Modern Italy. Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Storytelling-as-Plague-Prevention-in-Medieval-and-Early-Modern-Italy-The/Marafioti/p/book/9781409406419

Boccaccio Reinvented: Francesco Argelati’s eighteenth-century Decamerone
(2016, May). Danilo Capasso (Eds.), Aonia edizioni.

The “mirabile effetto” of Narration: Boccaccian imitatio and Holistic Storytelling in Celio Malespini’s Ducento Novelle
(2015, July (3rd Quarter/Summer)). Italica. Vol 92 (Issue 2)

Review of Roberta Ricci’s Scrittura, riscrittura, autoesegesi: Voci autoriali intorno all'epica in volgare: Boccaccio, Tasso
(2015, April (2nd Quarter/Spring)). Vol Spring (Issue Vol 69, Issue 1)

“Narrative Prescriptions After Boccaccio’s Decameron: Celio Malespini’s Duecento Novelle”
(2013). Levia Gravia: Quaderno annuale di letteratura italiana. (Issue XV-XVI) , pages 169-178.

The Prescriptive Potency of Food in Michele Savonarola’s De Regimine Pregnantium
(2010). Cambridge , UK:Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Review of Margaret Franklin’s Boccaccio’s Heroines: Power and Virtue in Renaissance Society
(2007, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)).

Post-Decameron Plague Treatises and the Boccaccian Innovation of Narrative Prophylaxis
(2005, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). Annali d’Italianistcia, Literature and Science. Vol 23

Semantic Distance as Reaction to Pestilence in Medieval Italy: Evidence from the Story Collections of Boccaccio, Sacchetti, and Sercambi
(2005, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). Forum Italicum. Vol 39 (Issue 2)

Boccaccio's Lauretta: The Brigata's Bearer of Bad News
(2001). Italian Culture. Vol 19

Presentations

Accessibilty and Agency via Language Choice: Michele Savonarola's Mother's Manual for the Women of Ferrara
(2022, October 22). Dyson Seminar in the Humanities & Social Sciences Series. Pace University

Unpacking the Doctor’s Bag: Translating Savonarola’s Mother’s Manual for the Women of Ferrara
(2021, October 15). Open Borders: Translation and Its Perils. Lehman College, CUNY

Narrative Prescriptions After Boccaccio’s Decameron
(2013, December). Raccontare, Consolare, Curare Nella Narrativa Europea, dal Boccaccio al Seicento. University of Turin,

Boccaccio Reinvented: Francesco Argelati’s eighteenth-century Decamerone
(2013, October). “Nella Moltitudine delle Cose… / In the Multitude of Things…”, International Conference on Giovanni Boccaccio, on the 700th anniversary of his birth. University of Copenhagen,

A Conversation with Medical ‘Auctores’ in Savonarola’s De Regimine Pregnantium
(2011, April). Northeast Modern Language Association. New Brunswick, NJ.

Teaching the Plague
(2009, July). NEH Summer Seminar. Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London,

Puerili sforze di scritture’ or a Precusor to ‘OULIPO’? Rhetorical Games in Francesco Argelati’s Decamerone
(2009, May). American Association of Italian Studies. New York.

The Prescriptive Potency of Food in Michele Savonarola's De Regimine Pregnantium
(2009, February). Northeast Modern Language Association. Boston.

The ‘mirabile effetto’ of narration: Celio Malespini’s Duecento Novelle and the properties of storytelling
(2008, May). Cincinnati Romance Languages Conference. University of Cincinnati,

Medicine in the Decameron/ The Decameron in Medicine
(2007, December). Invited Lecture. Hunter College,

The Survival of Mannerist Principles in an Eighteenth-Century Story Collection: Francesco Argelati’s Decamerone
(2007, October). American Association of Teachers of Italian. Washington, DC.

Michele Savonarola’s Dietetic Advice to Expectant Mothers in the Regimine Pregnantium
(2007, April). Renaissance Society of America. Miami, FL.

For the Care of the Mother and Child: Michele Savonarola’s Trattato ginecologico e pediatrico in volgare
(2006, May). American Association of Italian Studies. Genoa, Italy.

Professional Contributions and Service

Department Service

  • Assessment [MOL Departmental Representative]
  • Film and Screen Studies Advisory Board [Committee Member]
  • Departmental Representative for Modern Languages and Cultures at Pace Preview [Departmental Representative]
  • Search Committee for position in Queer Studies in Women’s and Gender Studies Department [Committee Member]

College Service

  • Dyson Sabbatical Committee Dyson Sabbatical Committee [Committee Chair]

University Service

  • Council of Deans and Faculty on Promotion and Tenure [Committee Member]