Prof. Cozzarelli in Venice (Bridge of Sighs)

Julia Cozzarelli

Professor, World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
School: School of Humanities and Sciences
Phone: 607-274-3513
Office: Muller Faculty Center 428, Ithaca, NY 14850
Specialty: Italian Medieval, Renaissance and Modern Literature


  • Ph.D, Yale University, Italian Language and Literature
  • M.A., Yale University, Italian Language and Literature
  • B.F.A, State University of New York at Buffalo, Illustration
  • B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo, Italian

I joined the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures of Ithaca College in Fall 2001 after serving on the faculty of Wells College (Aurora, NY), Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) and the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Research interests:

My scholarship and publications lie primarily in two areas: Italian literature and pedagogy.  My doctoral research focused on the relationship between imagination, love and reason in Italian Renaissance literature.  I have written on modern literature as well as medieval and Renaissance literature, and, more recently, I have been exploring the relationships between literature, art, and animal studies. My pedagogical work ranges from language textbooks to articles on teaching literature, touching on translation, the visual arts, and technology.. 

Teaching interests: 

I teach language, literature, and culture courses at all levels, in both English and Italian. I am happy to answer any questions about the World Languages and Cultures major (Italian focus) and the Italian Studies minor if you would like to know more about these programs.

Some of the courses I have taught include:

  • Elementary and Intermediate Italian courses
  • Italian Conversation courses
  • Italy: Language and Culture (summer study-abroad course in Italy)
  • Inferno to Infinity: Italian Literature in Translation
  • Experiencing Italy: Remarkable Cities
  • Nineteenth and Twentienth-Century Italian Literature
  • Love, Lust and the Black Death: Boccaccio's Decameron
  • Images of Hell: Dante's Inferno
  • Animal Images: Literature, Human Nature, and the Animal World (Ithaca Seminar)

Selected Publications:


  • Cozzarelli, Julia. Sentieri: Attraverso l’Italia contemporanea. Boston: Vista Higher Learning (now in 4th edition: 2023). (Elementary-level Italian textbook)

  • Abbiati, Silvia and Julia M. Cozzarelli. Da capo: Student Activities Manual, 7th Edition. Boston: Heinle Cengage Learning, 2011. (Intermediate level)

  • Cozzarelli, Julia M. and Silvia Abbiati. Workbook and Laboratory Manual to Accompany Da capo, 6th Edition. Boston: Thomson Heinle, 2007. (Intermediate level)

 Peer-reviewed book and journal articles:

  • Cozzarelli, Julia. “Teaching Ugolino’s Choice in the Undergraduate Classroom: A Multidisciplinary Approach.”  Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching (SMART), 25.1 (Spring 2018): 157-170.

  • Cozzarelli, Julia. “Between Reality and Symbol: Fierce Dogs and Ferocious Wolves in the Decameron.”  Quaderni d’Italianistica, 38.1 (2017): 109-129. 

  • Cozzarelli, Julia. "Canines in the Classroom: Boccaccio, Dante, and the Visual Arts." Humanities, 5.3 (2016): article 68. In Special Issue The Short Story and the Italian Pictorial Imagination, from Boccaccio to Bandello and Beyond, ed. Patricia Emison. 

  • Cozzarelli, Julia. “Poscia, più che ‘l dolor, poté ‘l digiuno: Translation and Interpretation in Inferno XXXIII.” Romance Notes, 54.2 (2014): 151-160.

  • Cozzarelli, Julia.Reading, Writing, Desire and Closure: Teaching Calvino to Undergraduates in Italian.”  Approaches to Teaching the Work of Italo Calvino, ed. Franco Ricci. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2013. 90-94.

  • Cozzarelli, Julia.“Torquato Tasso and the Furore of Love, War and Madness.” Italica, 84.2-3 (Summer/Fall 2007): 173-186.

  • Cozzarelli, Julia.“Genius, Madness, and Knowledge: Ficino, Landino, and Ariosto's Lovers.” Quaderni d’italianistica, 6.2 (Fall 2005): 3-27.

  • Cozzarelli, Julia.“Love and Destruction in the Decameron: Cimone and Calandrino.” Forum Italicum, 38.2 (2004): 348-363.