Nicolino Applauso


Nicolino Applauso is Lecturer of Italian at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. He completed his doctorate in Romance Languages and Literatures, with a specialization in Italian, in 2010 at the University of Oregon. His main research interests pertain to history, political satire, humor, music, and poetry in medieval Italy and Europe. Prior to his arrival at Goucher in 2016, he taught at Loyola University Maryland, James Madison University, Bucknell University, Susquehanna University, and Colorado College. At Goucher College, he teaches Italian language courses and would like to continue contributing with a broad range of survey and thematic courses that address various aspects of Italian culture, cinema. and history. He has published articles in both medieval literature and modern Italian politics and music. He is currently working with Fabian Alfie on an edited book on Dante and Satire, a monograph on Dante and medieval political invective poetry, and contributing to MLA’s Approaches to Teaching Dante’s Divine Comedy. He is very happy to be teaching at Goucher College! He particularly enjoys the diversity of the student body and the entrepreneurship of the students who all go abroad to expand their visions and life experiences.

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Research, Scholarship, Creative Work in Progress

He is currently working on a multivolume encyclopedia entry on medieval ethics edited by Bloomsbury Publishing, a multivolume project and translation of the complete works of Brunetto Latini in partnership with Julia Bolton Holloway for the Libreria Editrice Fiorentina in Florence Italy.



Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

“The Squallor Phenomenon: Social and Political Satire in Italian Music during the First Republic.” ‘Send in the Clowns!' Humour and Power in Italian Political, Social and Cultural Life. Eds. Andrea Hajek, Daniele Salerno, and Clare Watters. Spec. issue of Incontri:Rivista europea di studi italiani 29. 2 (2014): 30-42.Print.

“S’i’ fosse foco ardere’ il mondo: L’esilio e la politica nella poesia di Cecco Angiolieri.” Letteratura Italiana Antica: Rivista annuale di testi e studi, XV (2014): 223-38. Print.

Book Chapters

“Folgore da San Gimignano e la parodia di Cenne della Chitarra: intrighi politici e poetici (con nuovi dati biografici).” La poesia in Italia prima di Dante. Ed. Franco Suitner. Ravenna: Longo Editore, 2016. 239-257.

“Invective and Humor in the Poetry of Dante and Cecco Angiolieri.” At Whom Are We Laughing? Humor in Romance Languages and Literatures. Eds. Zenia DaSilva and Gregory Pell. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013. 207-220. Print.

“Peasant Authors and Peasant Haters: Matazone da Caligano and the Ambiguity of the ‘Satira del villano’ in High and Late Medieval Italy.” Rural Spaces in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Time: The Spatial Turn inPremodern Studies. Eds. Albrecht Classen and Christopher Clason. Fundamentals of Medieval and Early Modern Culture, 7. New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2012. 607-638. Print.

“Curses and Laughter in Medieval Italian Comic Poetry: The Ethics of Humor in Rustico Filippi’s Invectives.” Laughter in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Age: Epistemology of a Fundamental Human Behavior, Its Meaning, and Consequences. Ed. Albrecht Classen. Fundamentals of Medieval and Early Modern Culture 5. New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2010. 383-412. Print.

Book Reviews

Caterina Mongiat Farina. Questione di lingua: L’ideologia del dibattito sull’italiano nel Cinquecento. Forthcoming in The Sixteenth Century Journal (2016).

Salvatore di Maria. The Poetics of Imitation in the Italian Theater of the Renaissance. Forum Italicum 49.1 (Spring 2015): 235-37. Print.

Alfredo Cottignoli. Letture classensi: Dante nel Risorgimento italiano. Italica 91.2 (2014): 310-12. Print.

Desire in Dante and the Middle Ages. Eds. Manuele Gragnolati, Tristan Kay, Elena Lombardi, and Francesca Southerden. Italica 90.4 (2013): 677-79. Print. Review also linked at:

Metamorphosing Dante: Appropriations, Manipulations, and Rewritings in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries. Eds. Manuele Gragnolati, Fabio Camilletti, and Fabian Lampart. Italica 88. 4 (2011): 658-59. Print. (Review also linked at:


Invited Publications

“Ethics: Comedy in the Middle Ages.” in the multivolume encyclopedia A Cultural History of Comedy: The Middle Ages. Eds. Martha Bayless and Jessica Milner-Davis. London, UK.: Bloomsbury Publishing, (2018).

“Sarcasm and its Consequences in Diplomacy and Politics during Medieval Italy: Brunetto Latini’s Letter to Pavia and Dante’s Monarchia.” Cornering the Snarket: Sarcasm in Medieval and Renaissance Literature. Eds. Alan Baragona and Elizabeth Rambo. Leiden: Brill Publishers, (Forthcoming in 2017).

Book Chapters

“Writing Like Dante: Understanding the Inferno through Creative Writing.” MLA’s Approaches to Teaching Dante’s Divine Comedy. 2nd edition. Eds. Christopher Kleinhenz and Kristina Olson (forthcoming in 2018-19).

“Dante, Berlusconi, and the Bordello State: Paolo Sylos Labini and James Walston’s Democratic Dante at the Ebb of the Seconda Repubblica.” ‘Dante politico’: Ideological Reception Across Boundaries. Eds. Dennis Looney And Donatella Stocchi-Perucchio. Spec. issue of Mediaevalia 38 (Forthcoming in 2017).


Armando Gnisci. “Emigrants and Mestizos in Twenty-First Century Europe.” Forthcoming in European Review, Cambridge University Press, 2017 [Italian-English transl. of “Migrazione e transculturazione in Europa nel XXI secolo,” Cultura del Portale Integrazione Migranti, 2014.]

In Progress (Accepted or Under Consideration)


Humor and Evil: Dante’s Comedy and the Ethics of Invective in Medieval Italy. (Manuscript requested)

‘Dante satiro’: The Concept of Satire in the Middle Ages and in Dante’s Works. Eds. Fabian Alfie and Nicolino Applauso. Routledge Medieval Casebooks. New York: Routledge, 2017.

Brunetto Latini: Opera omnia. Edizione critica, traduzione e saggi. il Tesoro, Il Tesoretto, La Rettorica e tutte le opere in latino. Eds. Julia Bolton Holloway and Nicolino Applauso. Florence: Libreria Editrice Fiorentina, 2018 [medieval vernacular-modern Italian translation, notes, and DVD to accompany the volume].

External Awards, Honors, Grants

Beall Graduate Dissertation Scholarship, Dept. of Romance Languages, University of Oregon

Oregon Humanities Center Graduate Dissertation Fellowship, University of Oregon.

“Outstanding Graduate Award” in Italian, Florida State University.

Nominated to Phi Beta Kappa and All-Florida Academic Team Member (officially recognized by state legislature in the Florida House of Representatives) []

Conference Papers & Panel Participation

2017 “Twitter, Skype and the Millennials: Teaching Italian in the Post-Communicative Era.” Roundtable: New Approaches to Teaching Italian in the Millennium Era. 48th Annual NEMLA Convention, Baltimore, MD.

2017 Music, Recitation & Dissent in Jester Public Performance 48th Annual NEMLA Convention, Baltimore, MD.

2014 “The Inscription in the Saint Clement Basilica in Rome: Comic Book Humor between Vernacular and Latin in Eleventh-Century Italy.” The Singleton Center, Johns Hopkins University.

2014 Organizer of the acting and mask workshop “Commedia dell’arte: Carnevale on the Stage,” sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages, Loyola University Maryland.

2013 “Music and Political Satire in Thirteenth-century Siena.” The Singleton Center, Johns Hopkins University. The Medieval and Early Modern Cenacolo in the Greater Baltimore Area.

2013 “Round Table: Nurturing the Undergraduate Program.” AAIS Annual Conference at the University of Oregon.

2012 Guest lecture, “Dante and Dostoevsky: The Question of Evil,” ENGL 290: Dante and Dostoevsky: Nature and Memory in The Inferno and The Brothers Karamazov, Professor Alf Siewers, Bucknell University, July 2012.

2012 Co-organizer of the panel “Pirandello and Cinema: Adaptations, Reexaminations, and Representations,” The Pirandello Society of America. MLA Convention in Seattle, WA.

2011 “Rural Spaces in Boccaccio’s Decameron.” Cambridge 2011: Rural Space Symposium, St. Catharine's College, Cambridge, UK.

Invited Talks

La satira in prosa di Dante nella tradizione dell’ “ars dictaminis” medioevale: il caso dele Epistole politiche” Invited lecture at the Convegno La satira in prosa: tradizioni, forme e temi dal Trecento al Risorgimento, sponsored by the Università di Roma TRE, Italy.

Guest lecture, “Satire and Propaganda: Political Satire in Fascist Italy and its Relevance Today,” HS 418: Mussolini and Italian Fascism, Professor Steven Hughes, Loyola University Maryland, November 2016.

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis: Holocaust, Memory, and Discrimination in WWII Italy.” The Mrs. Regina Ann Haig International Film Series. Loyola University Maryland.

“Folgore da San Gimignano e la parodia di Cenne della Chitarra: intrighi politici e poetici.” Invited lecture at the Convegno Internazionale sponsored by the Università di Roma TRE, Italy.

Academic or Professional Associations

Dante Society of America, Modern Language Association; American Association of Teachers of Italian; Italian American Civic Club of Maryland; Historical Society of Baltimore County (member & volunteer).