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Vincent Pollina

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(617) 627-2751
180 Packard Avenue
Research/Areas of Interest:

Medieval and Renaissance French and Italian Literature


  • PhD in French Literature, Yale University, New Haven, United States, 1980
  • Élève Titulaire (en Philologie Romane), Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris, France, 1976
  • MPhil in French Literature, Yale University, New Haven, United States, 1974
  • MA in French Literature, New York University, Paris, France, 1972
  • BA in French, Boston University, Boston, United States, 1970


Vincent Pollina is the author of Si cum Marcabrus declina: Studies in the Poetics of the Troubadour Marcabru (published in the series directed by Aurelio Roncaglia, University of Rome) and of a number of articles on medieval poetry and music. A contributor to the New Harvard Dictionary of Music, his essays and reviews have appeared in such journals as Cultura Neolatina, Mediævalia, MLN, Renaissance Quarterly, Romanistische Zeitschrift für Literaturgeschichte, Speculum, Studi Francesi, and Tenso, as well as in various Festschriften and conference proceedings. He has received grants from the Whiting Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has held several elective offices: President of the Société Guilhem IX (the North American society for Occitan studies); Member of the Executive Board of the Association Internationale d'Études Occitanes; Secretary-Treasurer and Member of the Council of the Dante Society of America. For services rendered to French culture, the French Republic named him Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques. Professor Pollina has served as Chair and Deputy Chair of the Tufts Department of Romance Languages, and as director of the graduate program in French. He has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Tufts International Relations Program, the Policy & Programs Committee of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, and the Faculty Research Awards Committee of the School of Arts, Sciences, & Engineering. He currently serves on the AS&E Committee on Academic Awards. His courses include The French Arthurian Novel, Medieval French Comic Theater, Love Poetry of the French Middle Ages & Renaissance, French Renaissance & Baroque Poetry, Marie de France & Marguerite de Navarre, French Translation & Stylistics, Dante's Inferno, Dante's Purgatorio & Paradiso, and The Rinascimento. He is an advisor for the French Major and the Italian Studies Major. Click here to read his Commencement address, "An Ode to the Printed Page."