Faculty Directory » Rala Diakite

Humanities

Office Hours:

Semester: Fall 2017
Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Office Information:

Room Number: Conlon Fine Arts 255A
Phone: 978-665-4706
Email: rdiakite@fitchburgstate.edu

Courses Taught:

Italian for Beginners I & II (ITAL 1000, ITAL 1100)
Intermediate Italian I & II (ITAL 2000, ITAL 2100)
Italian Culture in English I & II (ITAL 3000, ITAL 3100)
French for Beginners II (FREN 1100)

Education:

Ph.D. Italian Studies at Brown University, Providence, RI
M.A Italian Studies at Brown University, Providence, RI
B.A Modern Languages at Trinity College, Hartford CT

Research Interests:

I study the medieval period in Italy, the poetry of Dante, early comic verse, and the Italian chronicle tradition of the 14th century. I am fascinated by the opportunities offered by the conjunction of our modern digital culture with these medieval texts.

Current Projects:

I am currently a Researcher for the Virtual Humanities Lab, http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Italian_Studies/vhl_new/, a digital archive of early Renaissance and Renaissance Italian texts. Over the past two years, I have worked to encode (make searchable) a segment of a 14th century Florentine chronicle by Giovanni Villani, and am now focused on the translation into English and annotation of that same text. I am also preparing articles related to the role of women in Villani's chronicle.

Representative Publications:

Under construction

Professional Affiliations:

  • Modern Language Association
  • Dante Society of America
  • American Association of Teachers of Italian