Dr. Eleonora Buonocore

Dr. Eleonora Buonocore

Pronouns: She/Her

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Educational Background

Doctor of Philosophy , Yale University, 2016

Doctor of Philosophy , University of Siena, 2009

M.A. , University of Notre Dame, 2009

M.A. , Yale University, 2013

M.Phil. , Yale University, 2013


Born and raised in the medieval city of Siena, Italy, Dr. Eleonora Buonocore holds a PhD in Medieval Philosophy from University of Siena, (2009) and a MA from University of Notre Dame, IN in Italian Studies.  In 2016 she earned her second PhD in Italian Language and Literature from Yale University. In 2017 she was Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian at Colby College, before moving to Canada. In 2021-22 she was a Fellow at the Calgary Institute for the Humanities working on her monograph on the concept of memory in Dante’s Divine Comedy. In 2022 and 2024 she won the Student Union Award for Excellence in Teaching at the University of Calgary.

Her research lies at the intersection between philosophy and literature in the Medieval world, in Dante and in early Renaissance thought. Specifically, she is interested about the connections between theory of knowledge and logic and their repercussions in literary works. She has published articles in Studia Lulliana on Ramon Lull and Lullism, edited chapters on Giordano Bruno’s ethical works, on Boccaccio, she co- edited a volume of Studium (2021) in which she also published an article on Dante’s Convivio and Monarchia as well as she has published on Italian women writers such as Carolina Invernizio and on Italian Film.

She is currently completing her book project titled Dante’s Memory: From Fixity to Fluidity. A Study of Memory in the Divine Comedy (working title) to be submitted for publication to Cambridge University Press, or, in alternative, to University of Notre Dame’s Dante Devers’ Series. 

Together with Dr. Giulia Cardillo she is co-editing a volume of essays entitled Imagined Networks in Pre- Modern Italian Literature: Literary Mothers, Literary Sisters, under contract with Lexington Books Publisher, forthcoming at the end of 2024.


Course number Course title Semester
ITAL 201 LEC 02 02 Beginners' Italian I 2020


  • The Other Model: Siena as a Purgatorial City in Dante. Eleonora Buonocore. SISMEL Edizioni del Galluzzo . 131-142. (2018)
  • Remembering the Convivio: Dante and the Art of Memory. Eleonora Buonocore. Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. (2019)
  • Antonella Anedda. Eleonora Buonocore. University of Toronto Press. (2018)
  • Why Could “La Tata” Only Be Italian American? Analyzing the Cultural Complexity Behind the Italian Dubbing Adaptation of “The Nanny". Eleonora Buonocore. Bordighera Press. 57-86. (2019)

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