Elisa Brilli

Carr Hall, Room 211, 100 St. Joseph Street Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1J4
(416) 946-8779


Areas of Interest

  • Dante Studies
  • Medieval Italian Literature
  • Augustine’s reception in Late Medieval Culture
  • Late Medieval Chronicles
  • Exemplary Literature
  • Historiography
  • Manuscript Studies
  • Text/Image Studies
  • Gender Studies


Elisa Brilli’s research focuses on Dante Studies, the interactions between history and literature, medieval exemplary literature, historiography and research methodologies. She is the author of Firenze e il Profeta, the chief editor of the Alphabetum Narrationum by Arnold of Liège, the co-editor of four volumes, and the author of several articles in academic journals and in books. She is Associate Member of the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto (2015-), the Laboratoire d’études sur les Monothéismes, EPHE-CNRS-Paris IV (2012-), the Kunsthistorisches Institut, MPG in Florence (2010-), AHLoMA, EHESS (2007-), and Fellow of Victoria University in the University of Toronto (2017-2022). She works on the Editorial Board of Dante Studies (2015-), the Bibliographic Committee of the Dante Society of America (2018-), the Advisory Boards of Quaderni d’Italianistica (2020-2023), Studi Danteschi (2019-), and the Rivista internazionale di ricerche dantesche (2018-).

Current Courses Taught

  • ITA320H1-F - Dante: Vita Nuova and Divina Commedia (Inferno)
  • ITA312H1-S - Dante: Divina Commedia (Purgatorio and Paradiso)
  • ITA1200H-S - Dante

Past Courses Taught

  • ITA320H - Dante: Vita Nuova and Divina Commedia (Inferno)
  • ITA312H - Dante: Divina Commedia (Purgatorio and Paradiso)
  • ITA420H - Spinning a Tale: The Italian Short Story from Boccaccio to Basile
  • ITA1200H - Dante
  • ITA1202H - Dante and Augustine
  • ITA1535H - Topics in Italian Literature


Ph.D., Écoles des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris
Ph.D., La Sapienza, Rome
B.A,. La Sapienza, Rome