Laurence Edward Hooper

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor of Italian

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My research focuses on literary authorship in Italian culture of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. I study how writers in the vernacular drew on learnèd disciplines like theology and law to establish their authority. I usually write on major figures such as Dante and Petrarch, although I am also interested in less well-known contemporaries such as Guido Guinizzelli, Brunetto Latini, or Cino da Pistoia.

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257 Haldeman, Neukom Institute
HB 6087


French and Italian, Medieval and Renaissance Studies


  • B.A. (Hons) Cambridge University, 2003
  • M.Phil Cambridge University, 2004
  • Ph.D. Cambridge University, 2009

Selected Publications

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Works In Progress

  • "Characterization." In The Cambridge Companion to Dante's "Divine Comedy," ed. Zygmunt Barański and Simon Gilson. Forthcoming.

  • Book project: Exile and Authorship in Dante 

Selected Works & Activities

Translation: Paolo Grossi, A History of European Law, trans. Laurence Hooper (Oxford: Blackwell, 2010)