Raffaele DeBenedictis

Raffaele DeBenedictis

Associate Professor of Italian
Director of Wayne in Abruzzo, Summer Educational Program in Italy


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Raffaele DeBenedictis

 Raffaele De Benedictis holds a Ph.D. in Italian from the University of Toronto and is Associate  Professor in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. He is the Director of Wayne in Abruzzo, the Summer Educational Program in Italy. He teaches courses on Dante, Petrarch, Machiavelli, Castiglione, Italian Culture, and Literary Criticism. He is the author of two books and of various articles on Dante, semiotics, and Italian culture. His research focuses primarily on  Dante. 

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  •  Dante, semiotics, literary criticism, Italian culture.

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1996 - M.A., Wayne State University, 1990 - B.A., University of Windsor, 1988

Currently Teaching

  •  ITA 6610 Dante - Divine Comedy I

    ITA 2720 Italian Culture and Civilization II

Courses taught

 ITA 2710 (Italian Culture and Civilization I), ITA 2720 (Italian Culture and Civilization II), ITA 6610 (Dante, The Divine Comedy I), ITA 6620 (Dante, The Divine Comedy II), ITA 6680 (Castiglione and Machiavelli), ITA 6400 (History of the Italian Language)