Indiana University Bloomington
Department of French and Italian

Julia Conaway Bondanella

Julia Bondanella

Professor Emerita of Italian

bondane@indiana.edu

Research Areas

Medieval and Renaissance literature, comparative literature, history of ideas, Petrarchism and lyric poetry, translation

Education

  • PhD, Comparative Literature, University of Oregon, 1973
  • MA, French, University of Kansas, 1967
  • BA with highest honors, French and English, University of Montana, 1965

Background

My undergraduate work included emphases on French, English, history and music. After studying in Québec and Montpellier and earning a masters in French, I finished my graduate work in Comparative Literature, which allowed me to combine many of my interests with a focus on Medieval and Renaissance culture (especially Italian, French, English, and Latin). Although Petrarch's work and influence have remained central to my scholarship, I also developed interests in translation, Renaissance political thought, and writings on art and artists. For over twenty years, I worked as Associate Director of the Honors Division and helped establish the Honors College, in which I was Associate Dean. For two terms, I held the position of Executive Secretary of the American Association of Italian Studies. I served as President of the National Collegiate Honors Council and Assistant Chairman for Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Publication Highlights

Books

  • Dante Alighieri. The Paradiso. The Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Translation. Illustrations by Gustave Doré. Introductory Essay of 20,000 words and critical commentary of approximately 75,000 words. New York: Barnes & Noble Classics Series, 2006. 364 pages. [Co-editor with Peter Bondanella].
  • Dante Alighieri. The Purgatorio. The Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Translation. Illustrations by Gustave Doré. Introductory Essay of 19,000 words and commentary of 65,000 words. New York: Barnes & Noble Classics Series, 2005. 325 pages. [Co-editor with Peter Bondanella].
  • Benvenuto Cellini. My Life. A new English translation based on the most recent Italian critical editions with an introductory essay, extensive notes and critical commentary. Oxford: Oxford University Press World's Classics Series, 2002. 472 pages. [Co-Editor and Co-Translator with Peter Bondanella].
  • Niccolò Machiavelli. Discourses on Livy. A new English translation based on the most recent Italian critical editions with an introductory essay, extensive notes and critical commentary. Oxford: Oxford University Press World's Classics Series, 1997. 413 pages. (Co-Editor and Co-Translator with Peter Bondanella].
  • Carlo Ridolfi. The Life of Titian. University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 1996. 146 pages. [Co-Translator with Peter Bondanella and Co-editor with Bruce Cole, Jody Shiffman and Peter Bondanella].
  • The Cassell Dictionary of Italian Literature: Second Revised Edition. London: Cassell, 1996. 716 pages. [Co-Editor with Peter Bondanella and Jody Shiffman].
  • Giorgio Vasari. The Lives of the Artists. A new English translation with an introductory essay, extensive notes and critical commentary. Oxford: Oxford University Press World's Classics Series, 1991. 586 pages. [Co-Editor and Co-Translator with Peter Bondanella
  • Rousseau's Political Writings: A Norton Critical Edition. Translator. New York: W. W. Norton, 1988. 321 pages. [Co-Editor with Alan Ritter].

Articles

  • "Petrarch's Rereading of Otium in De vita solitaria." Comparative Literature 60.1 (2008): 14-28.
  • "The Discourses on Livy: Preserving A Free Way of Life." In Patricia Vilches and Gerald Seaman, eds. Seeking Real Truths: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Machiavelli. Brill, 2007. 69-102.

Honors, Fellowships, and Awards

  • Trustees Teaching Award (French & Italian), 2004
  • Teaching Excellence Recognition Award (TERA), French & Italian, 1998
  • Student Choice Award for Outstanding Faculty, 1988