1. University of Virginia
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Deborah Parker

Deborah Parker

Professor of Italian



New Cabell Hall 437

Office Hours:

Spring Office Hours: On Leave

  • Ph.D. Harvard

  • M.A. University of British Columbia

  • B.A. University of Toronto


Medieval and Renaissance Italian literature and art, film, digital humanities


Interpreting Dan Brown's Inferno: Reading Between the Lines (Kindle Edition)

Co-author with Mark Parker
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)

Inferno Revealed: From Dante to Dan Brown

Co-authored Mark Parker
(Palgrave Macmillan , 2013)

The DVD and the Study of Film: The Attainable Text

Co-authored with Mark Parker
(Palgrave McMillan, 2011)

Michelangelo and the Art of Letter Writing

(Cambridge University Press, 2010)

Bronzino: Renaissance Painter as Poet

(Cambridge University Press, 2000)

Digital Projects/Video:

The World of Dante

Bronzino’s Erotic Imagination: The Lesson of ‘Del Pennello, Metropolitan Museum of Art, March 2011

A Hymn to Intellectual Beauty: Creative Minds and Fashion

Selected Articles:

Interpreting Dan Brown's Inferno: Reading Between the Lines (2013).

"Illuminating Botticelli's Chart of Hell," Modern Language Notes: Italian Issue 128 (2013):83-102.  

"Better than Giotto?" Source: Notes in the History of Art 32 (2013):1-4.

“Vasari’s Portrait of Six Tuscan Poets: A Visible Literary History,” Modern Language Notes 127 (2012):204-215.

“Bronzino’s Erotic Imagination: The Lesson of ‘Del pennello,’” forthcoming in Renaissance Studies in Honor of Joseph Connors, to be published with Olschki.

“Guidelines for the Evaluation of Digital Humanities Projects,” ADFL Bulletin 41 (2009):41-75.

“The Role of Letters in Biographies of Michelangelo,” Renaissance Quarterly 58 (2005):91-126.

“Bronzino and the Diligence of Art, ” Artibus et Historiae 49 (2004):1-14.

“New Perspectives on Japanese Prints: “The Moon Has No Home.” Japanese Color Woodblock Prints from the Collection of the University of Virginia Art Museum,” Virginia Quarterly Review 80 (2004):195-206.

“Directors and DVD Commentary: The Specifics of Intention,” co-authored with Mark Parker Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 62 (2004):13-22. Reprinted in The Philosophy of Film: Introductory Text and Readings (Blackwells: Oxford, 2005).

“Poetry of Patronage: Bronzino and the Medici,” Renaissance Studies 17 (2003):230-245.

“Italian Renaissance Art” Review article of Grove Encyclopedia of Italian Renaissance & Mannerist Art in Virginia Quarterly Review 78 (2002):175-77.

“Dante giocoso: Bronzino’s Burlesque Transformations of the Commedia,” Quaderni d’Italianistica 22 (2001):77-101.

“Edizioni e interpretazioni della Commedia nel Rinascimento,” in Pour Dante. Dante et l’Apocalypse. Lectures Humanistes de Dante, ed. Bruno Pinchard (Paris, Honoré Champion, 2001), 295-303.

“The World of Dante: A Hypermedia Archive for the Study of the Inferno,” Literary and Linguistic Computing 16 (2001):287-297.

“Toward a Reading of Bronzino’s Poetry,” Renaissance Quarterly 50 (1997):1011-1044.

“Interpreting the Commentary Tradition to Dante’s Comedy” in Dante, Ed. Amilcare Iannucci (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997).

“Women in the Book Trade in Italy, 1475-1620,” Renaissance Quarterly 49 (1996):509-541.

Selected Awards:

NEH Daniels’ Family Distinguished Teaching Fellowship (2008-11)

Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation (1993; 2006)

NEH Digital Humanities grant (2008-11)

University of Virginia Arts and Sciences Research Fellowship (2004, 2005, 2007. 2008)

Sesquicentennial Research Fellowship (1990, 1997, 2003)

Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, University of Virginia (1996)

University of Rome/Univ. of Virginia Fellowship (1987, 1992)

Villa I Tatti Fellowship (1992)

Folger Shakespeare Library (1990)

Department Faculty

Andrew Anderson
Professor of Spanish
Allison  Bigelow
Assistant Professor of Spanish; Faculty Coordinator, Maya K'iche'
Eli Carter
Assistant Professor of Portuguese
Enrico Cesaretti
Associate Professor of Italian
E. Michael Gerli
Commonwealth Professor of Spanish
David T. Gies
Commonwealth Professor of Spanish
María-Inés Lagos
Professor of Spanish
Anne Garland Mahler
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Fernando Operé
Professor of Spanish
Ricardo Padrón
Associate Professor of Spanish
Deborah Parker
Professor of Italian
Gustavo Pellón
Associate Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature
Randolph  Pope
Commonwealth Professor of Spanish
Joel Rini
Professor of Spanish and Department Chair
Charlotte Rogers
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Emily Scida
Professor of Spanish and Language Program Director, Spanish (1010-2020 courses)
Omar Velázquez-Mendoza
Assistant Professor of Hispanic Linguistics
Adrienne Ward
Associate Professor of Italian
Alison Weber
Professor of Spanish