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Christopher Kleinhenz Festschrift Published

Distinguished Alumnus Honored with Volume of Essays

Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Christopher Kleinhenz

IU alumnus Christopher Kleinhenz has been honored by a volume of essays published by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in which several articles by IU professors appear. Kleinhenz received a BA and MA in Comparative Literature (1964 and 1966, respectively) and a PhD in Italian through the Department of French and Italian (1969).

Kleinhenz served as professor of Italian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for almost forty years. He also served as director of the UW Medieval Studies Program on and off for twenty-five years, and he has received numerous awards for his teaching, research, and service. Those awards include the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2004, a Newberry Library/NEH Fellowship, and awards from both the American Association of Teahers of Italian and the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages. Kleinhenz is also a fellow of the Medieval Academy of America and former editor of Dante Studies. With all these honors, it was only a matter of time before a Festschrift was dedicated to the esteemed medievalist.

“Accessus ad Auctores”: Studies in Honor of Christopher Kleinhenz is edited by Fabian Alfie and Andrea Dini and includes essays by two professors from the Department of French and Italian: Professor Emeritus Samuel N. Rosenberg contributed “Galeotto Before the Fall,” about the image of Sir Lancelot's friend Lord Galehaut - Galeotto - in Italian medieval literature; and Professor H. Wayne Storey contributed “The Economics of Authority: Bembo, Vellutello, and the Reconstruction of the ‘Authentic Petrarch’,” about the revival of interest in the medieval poet Petrarch during the 15th-century. In addition, Professor Emeritus Giancarlo Maiorino from the Department of Comparative Literature contributed an essay entitled “Kairos: The Renaissance Reconstruction of the Best of All Possible Times,” to the Kleinhenz volume.

Kleinhenz retired from the University of Wisconsin in 2007, and soon another IU Italian PhD recipient, Jelena Todorovic (PhD ’09), was hired to replace him. She has big shoes to fill!

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