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Forthcoming Notre Dame Press Title Wins Prestigious Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Publication Award from MLA

The University of Notre Dame Press is proud to announce that the Modern Language Association of America has awarded its twenty-sixth annual Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Publication Award for a Manuscript in Italian Literary Studies to Demetrio S. Yocum, senior research associate in the Center for Italian Studies at the University of Notre Dame, for Petrarch’s Penitential Psalms and Prayers, a forthcoming publication of the William and Katherine Devers Series in Dante and Medieval Italian Literature at the University of Notre Dame Press. The award is one of twenty-two that will be presented at the association’s annual convention in Philadelphia on January 5, 2024.

In Petrarch’s Penitential Psalms and Prayers, Demetrio S. Yocum provides a lucid translation of Petrarch’s seven psalms and ten prayers, making them available to anglophone readers for the first time in a scholarly form. Complete with detailed, pithy commentary and rich explication, the idiomatic translations remain faithful to the original text and are a valuable contribution to other recent scholarly translations of works by the canonical early Italian humanist. In the thoughtful introduction, Yocum positions the reader to engage with the translations of the psalms and prayers by situating Petrarch as both, and simultaneously, a humanist and a Christian, as an author who is devoted to praising God while also questioning traditional religious doctrine.

The Modern Language Association of America and its over 20,000 members in 100 countries work to strengthen the study and teaching of languages and literature. Founded in 1883, the MLA provides opportunities for its members to share their scholarly findings and teaching experiences with colleagues and to discuss trends in the academy.

Petrarch’s Penitential Psalms and Prayers will be published on May 1, 2024, and is available for preorder now from the University of Notre Dame Press at undpress.nd.edu or wherever books are sold.

ABOUT THE WILLIAM AND KATHERINE DEVERS SERIES IN DANTE AND MEDIEVAL ITALIAN LITERATURE: Series Editor(s): Zygmunt Baranski, University of Notre Dame; Theodore Cachey, University of Notre Dame; Laura Banella, University of Notre Dame. In collaboration with the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame, the Devers Program initiated a series dedicated to the publication of the most significant current scholarship in the field of Dante studies. In 2011, the scope of the series was expanded to encompass thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Italian literature. In keeping with the spirit that inspired the creation of the Devers program, the series takes Dante and medieval Italian literature as focal points that draw together the many disciplines and lines of inquiry that constitute a cultural tradition without fixed boundaries. Accordingly, the series hopes to illuminate this cultural tradition with contemporary critical debates in the humanities by reflecting both the highest quality of scholarly achievement and the greatest diversity of critical perspectives.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME PRESS: The University of Notre Dame Press, the largest Catholic university press in the world, publishes academic and general interest books that engage the most enduring questions of our time. The Press primarily publishes in areas that align with the academic strengths of the University of Notre Dame, including religion, theology, history, philosophy, political science and theory, medieval studies, Irish studies, Latin American studies, and international relations. Through reviews, scholarly citations, and translations, Notre Dame Press books extend the reach and reputation of the University.

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