Rala Diakite, PhD, Languages, Humanities | Fitchburg State University
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Faculty Directory » Rala Diakite


Office Hours:

Semester: Fall 2020
Tuesday 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., online
Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., online

Office Information:

Room Number: Conlon Fine Arts 255A
Phone: 978.665.4706
Email: rdiakite@fitchburgstate.edu

Courses Taught:


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


French for Beginners II (FREN 1100)


Ph.D., Brown University (Italian Studies)
M.A., Brown University (Italian Studies)
B.A., Trinity College (Modern Languages)

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, 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.

Professional Affiliations:

AATI - American Association of Teachers of Italian
Dante Society of America
MLA - Modern Language Association