Beth Coggeshall

Beth Coggeshall

Contact Information

Assistant Professor
Office Location
Diffenbaugh 357B
Office Hours

R 12:30-2:00 @ The Sweet Shop

Assistant Professor, Italian
Faculty Adviser, Gamma Kappa Alpha Honor Society
Undergraduate Co-Adviser

Beth Coggeshall (PhD, Stanford University) specializes in the literature and culture of medieval Italy, with a particular focus on Dante. Her research centers on the intersections of literature, ethics, and cultural identity; medievalism and popular culture; and the transmedia reception of Dante’s works. She is currently completing a book manuscript on the disputes over the role of friendship in medieval Italian literature. She is also the co-editor (with Arielle Saiber, Bowdoin College) of the website Dante Today: Citings and Sightings of Dante’s Works in Contemporary Culture, a curated, crowd-sourced digital archive that showcases Dante’s sustained presence in contemporary culture.  She was honored to receive a University Teaching Award for undergraduate teaching in 2018-2019, and she is currently part of the inaugural class of faculty fellows of FSU’s Demos Institute for Humanities Data, 2019-2020.

Research Interests

13th and 14th Century Italian Literature, History, and Culture
The tre corone (Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch)
Reception Studies
Digital Humanities

Courses Taught

Dante’s Inferno (Ethics; in English)
La Commedia di Dante (in Italian)
Trecento Writers (in Italian)
Survey of Italian Literature, from the Origins to the 18th Century (in Italian)
Advanced Grammar and Composition (in Italian)

Selected Publications

  • “Dante Today: Tracking the Global Resonance of the Commedia.” In Dante Beyond Borders. Oxford: Legenda. Forthcoming 2021.
  • “Dante oggi. L’Inferno diffondibile.” Italianistica. Forthcoming 2020.
  • “Dante’s Afterlife in Popular Culture.”  In Approaches to Teaching Dante’s Divine Comedy, 2nd edition.  Eds. Christopher Kleinhenz and Kristina Olson.  MLA Approaches to Teaching World Literature Series.  Forthcoming 2020.
  • “Dealing with Dante’s Audacity: Borges’s ‘Aleph’ and the Mystical Imperative.” Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 24.2 (Fall 2017): 103-114.
  • Per lo ’nferno tuo nome si spande: Politics in the Infernal City.”  In Critical Insights: The Inferno, by Dante.  Ed. Patrick Hunt, pp. 82-98.  Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2012.
  • “Dante, Islam, and Edward Said.” Telos 139 (Summer 2007): 133-151.