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Looney, Dennis (Oscar III) 1955-

LOONEY, Dennis (Oscar III) 1955-

PERSONAL: Born March 18, 1955, in Springfield, TN; son of Dennis Oscar, Jr. and Betty Marion (Herbert) Looney; married V. Joanna Thornton, May 30, 1983; children: Rosamund Marion, Virgil Reed. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: Boston University, B.A., 1978, M.A., 1980; University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, Ph.D., 1987.

ADDRESSES: Office—Department of French and Italian, CL1328, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260; fax: 412-624-6263. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER: Educator and author. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, assistant professor, 1986-93, associate professor of Italian, 1993—, chair of Department of French and Italian, beginning 1996, acting director of Center for West European Studies, secondary member in classics. City University of New York Latin/Greek Institute, instructor, summers, mid-1980s.

AWARDS, HONORS: Resident Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Pittsburgh, 1992; National Endowment for the Humanities grant.


Compromising the Classics: Romance Epic Narrative in the Italian Renaissance, Wayne State University Press (Detroit, MI), 1996.

(Editor with Deanna Shemek) Phaethon's Children: The Este Court and Its Culture in Early Modern France, Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies (Tempe, AZ), 2003.

Contributor to books, including Ariosto Today, University of Toronto, 2003.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Research on the reception of Dante Alighieri and on the history of Italian science.



Renaissance Quarterly, autumn, 1998, Roseanna Mueller, review of Compromising the Classics: Romance Epic Narrative in the Italian Renaissance, p. 974.

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