Research Interests: Petrarch and Spiritual Petrarchism: Preaching and Christian thought from the Middle Ages to Renaissance; the study of patristics,mediaeval and golden-age mysticism in modern Italian culture; the intersections between mythology and imagology in Italian literature (16th,17th,20th centuries); the rediscovery of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in 20th century Italian culture; Italian cinema, drama and Opera libretti.
Giona Tuccini was born in Fucecchio in the district of Florence (Italy) on 23 October 1974. He achieved summacum laude his Master’s Degree in Italian Studies at the University of Florence in 1999, where he then obtained a postgraduate diploma in Literary Translation from English and Spanish (2002), and was awarded a PhD in Languages and Cultures of the Mediterranean with a thesis on the presence of Patristics, Mediaeval and Golden-Age mysticism in Boine and Papini (2005). Furthermore, he pursued a postgraduate diploma in “The Trecento Tradition in Italian Literature” at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. In 2006 he was a Research Fellow at the Fundação Oriente in Goa (India).
He joined the University of Cape Town in 2010 where he serves as Associate Professor of Italian Literature and Head of the Italian Section. In 2018 he has been approved as Full Professor of Italian Literature by the Italian National Scientific Qualification Committee established by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (DD n. 1532/2016). He is a member of the Committee of Assessors and Supervisors within the Doctoral Degrees Board for the PhD Programme in Italian Studies jointly offered by the University of Pisa and the University of Siena (Italy), a member of the International Advisory Board of «Soglie. Rivista quadrimestrale di poesia e critica letteraria», a member of the International Advisory Board of the book series “Ardesie” by Lithos Publishing House (Italy), and co-editor of the book series “Novecento Inquieto”, Aracne Publishing House in Rome. Currently he is a sworn translator and interpreter in English and Italian at the High Court of South Africa. He serves as panelist and reviewer for the scientific evaluation of Italian research of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR).
He has been visiting professor at Sapienza University of Roma (2019) and has contributed to conferences and has given invited lectures at various institutions worldwide, in Italy, Portugal, France, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Turkey, Malta, Spain, Brazil, South Africa. Apart from dedicating himself to the study of the works of Pier Paolo Pasolini and those of Enrico Pea;his research interests and teaching areas span a variety of fields in mediaeval, early-modern and contemporary Italian literature, includingPetrarch and Spiritual Petrarchism; Preaching and Christian thought from the Middle Ages to Renaissance; the study of patristics, mediaeval and golden-age mysticism in modern Italian writings; the intersections between mythology and imagology in Italian literature (16th, 17th, 20th centuries); the rediscovery of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in 20th century Italian culture; Italian cinema, drama and Opera libretti. He has contributed, with articles on mediaeval and early-modern authors, as well as on writers and trends in twentieth-century Italian literature, to the main refereed journals in his field, such as «Studi e problemi di critica testuale», «Forum Italicum», «Critica letteraria», «Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie», «Rivista di letterature moderne e comparate», «Critica del testo» and «The Romanic Review». As a translator of English, Spanish and French texts he has translated into Italian J.R. Ackerley, Sylvia Plath, Vicente Aleixandre, Dámaso Alonso, Andrés Sánchez Robayna, Alberto Olmos, and José Custódio de Faria. His research production has resulted in more than sixty publications, including the monographs Il vespasiano e l’abito da sposa (2003), Spiriti cercanti (2007), Voce del silenzio, luce sul sentiero (2008), Bernardino da Siena:Novellette, aneddoti, discorsi volgari (2009), Enrico Pea. Bibliografia completa (2012), Girolamo Savonarola:Rime (2015).