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Professor Antonio Franceschetti was born in Padua, Italy on 13 October 1939. He studied at the University of Padua from which he received his Doctore in Lettere in 1963. The title of his thesis, “L’Arcadia e la ricerca di un nuovo linguaggio”, was the first of many papers he wrote on Arcadia. He taught at the University of Reading in 1964 and was a lecturer in Italian at Barnard College, Columbia University from 1964 to 1969, from which he received his PhD in Italian in 1968. His thesis, “Per una lettura dell’Orlando Innamorato” formed the basis of much later research and writing. In 1969 Professor Franceschetti was hired as an assistant professor Italian at Scarborough College, University of Toronto. He was promoted to associate professor in 1978 and professor of Italian at the St. George campus in 1995, when he became acting head of the Department for a year. He has given public lectures and/or has been visiting professor at universities and other institutions in Canada, the United States, Italy, England, France, Yugoslavia, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Hungary and Poland. In 2004 he was visiting professor at the University of Venice. He retired in 2004.
At the University of Toronto, Professor Franceschetti taught numerous courses in Italian at the undergraduate and graduate level on the St. George and Scarborough campuses. As the senior faculty member in Italian at Scarborough, he was responsible for the design of all the courses he taught and, in consultation with others, the complete program in Italian there. He has also held numerous administrative positions. In the 1970s he was Discipline Representative for Italian studies at Scarborough College and at various times in the 1970s and the 1980s a member of the Senior Committee and the Scholarly Initiatives Committee (chair, 1989-1991) in the Department of Italian Studies. For all but one year (1998-1999) between 1997 and 2002 he was a member of the Promotion and Tenure Committee of the Department. In these years he was also usually a member of the Graduate Admissions, Fellowship and Awards Committee, and the Goggio Committee. Latterly (2001-2002) he was a member of the Conference and Research Grants Committee and Supervisor of Reading Knowledge Examinations in Italian, and a member of the Committee on Faculty Appointments at the Toronto School of Theology.
Professor Franceschetti has very active in professional associations and also as an editor. His interest in Dante is reflected in his being secretary of the Società Dantesca Italiana from 1961-1963 and president of the Dante Society of Toronto from 1971-1974.
He has held numerous administrative positions in the Associazione Internazionale per gli Studi di Lingua e Litteratura Intaliana (AISSLI): he was a member of the organizing committee of its conferences in New York (1973), Toronto (1985), Odense, Italy (1993) and Turin (1994), a member of its executive board (1976-1982, 1994-2003), vice-president (1982-1985, 1991-1994) and co-president (1985-1988). At the Canadian Society for Italian Studies (CSIS) he was president from 1980-1982 and has chaired various sections at a number of its conferences. He served as associate editor of its journal, Quaderni d’italianistica, from 1985 to 1989 and editor from 1990 to 1999. He was a member of the publications committees of the Humanities Research Council of Canada (1977-1980) and the Canadian Federation for the Humanities (1980-1983). He served on the latter’s board of directors for 1982-1983. In 1980-1981 he sat on the advisory board of the Canadian Academic Centre in Italy of the newly established Canadian Mediterranean Institute. In 1982-1983 he was regional representative for Canada at the American Boccaccio Association. He chaired a section at the conferences of the American Association of University Professors of Italian (now the American Association of Italian Studies) in New York (1983), Toronto (1986) and Austin (1993), and of the American Association of Teachers of Italian in Boston (1989), Charlottesville (1990), Washington, DC (1991) and Chianciano, Italy (1995). He chaired sessions at the annual Symposium on Italian Canadiana in Toronto (1988 and 1989). He also helped organize or chair sessions at a number of other international conferences, including commemorating the sixth centennial of the death of Petrarch (Washington, 1974), ‘Italian literature in North America: pedagogical studies’ (Toronto, 1989), ‘La litteratura dell’emigrazione de lingua italiana nel mondo’ (Lausanne, 1990), the 500th anniversary of the death of M. M. Boiardo (New York, 1994), and two conferences on Pirandello (Toronto, 1994 and 1997). To facilitate his activities, Professor Franceschetti was a frequent recipient of travel and research grants.
Professor Franceschetti has published a book on Matteo Maria Boiardo’s Orlando Innamorato (1975), edited the three-volume proceedings of the 1985 Toronto conference on Letteratura italiana e arti figurative (1988), and co-edited and co-translated La Moschetta by Angelo Beolo (Ruzante) (1993). He is the author of over 80 articles and over sixty reviews on various aspects of Italian literature from the Middle Ages to the 19th century and on Italian Canadian literature and culture. He has also given many addresses at scholarly and other events, some of which have been published.
Professor Franceschetti lives in Toronto.
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