Sarah's research interests include the tre corone, the literary monument, Boccaccio’s vernacular and Latin prose, humor and laughter in medieval literature, and fiction and narrative in modern and contemporary literature. Click here for a current statement of research objectives.



Book manuscript

2017        Boccaccio’s Arboretum: Prickly Humor, Flowering Fiction. Submitted for external review under invitation of University of Toronto Press. 

Book chapter

2014        “A favore della carne impigrita: valori dell’Amorosa visione in epoca angioina”, in Boccaccio e Napoli, ed. G. Alfano et al.. Florence: Franco Cesati Editore.


2011        R. Ceserani, Convergenze. Gli strumenti letterari e le altre discipline. Written for Romance Sphere (Harvard University).

Works in Progress

2018       “‘Where does it lead us?’ and other questions our students (should) ask: Teaching transnational literature in the Italian classroom.” Article under development, to be submitted to Italica for consideration.

2017       “Deception as growth in L’amica geniale.” Article near completion, to be submitted to PMLA for consideration.

2017       “‘Lasciva comperias immixta sacris’: Persevering through thorns in De mulieribus claris.” Article based on book chapter, in development.



2018        “Dante on every syllabus: The Divina commedia in the transnational context.” Forthcoming guest lecture at Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT for students of ITAL490: Dante in Italian.

2017        “The 'right' lessons in literature, as taught by Giovanni Boccaccio.” Forthcoming talk to be given as part of Collations series sponsored by the Standing Committee on Medieval Studies at Harvard University, Cambridge MA

2016        “Stepping outside the cornice: Boccaccio’s author personae in the Decameron and beyond.” Guest lecture at Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT.

2015        “‘Lo mio maestro e il mio autore’: Dante’s Virgil and Boccaccio’s Dante.” Keynote lecture given for Dante at 750: A Celebration of Texts and Translations. Symposium hosted by Middlebury College, Middlebury VT.

2014        “A Picture in 600 Words.” lecture given at Teaching Italian in Partnership with the Arts: Theory and Practice. A Professional Development Symposium and Workshop for Teachers of Italian. Hosted by Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. 



2018        “Approaching Migration Through Currents of ‘italianità’.” Paper to be presented as part of Migrazioni contemporanee: Narrating and Teaching the Transnational Experience at the Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Pittsburgh, PA.

2017        “La selva oscura è la diritta via: teaching Italian with literary texts.” Paper presented as part of How to Use Literature in the Italian Language Class at the Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Baltimore, MD.

2017        “L’amica geniale: growing up by hiding within.” Paper presented as part of Lies and Deception in Modern Italian Literature at the Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

2016        “’Nobili donne’, ‘vaghe donne’: Giovanni Boccaccio’s guide to critical reading for women.” Paper presented as part of Boccaccio and Questions of Gender, sponsored by the American Boccaccio Association at the Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

2016        Chair, The Literary Monument and the tre corone: Materials, Authorship, Solemnity. Panel organized and convened at Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Hartford, CT.

2013        “A favore della carne impigrita: valori dell’Amorosa visione in epoca angioina.” Paper presented at Boccaccio angioino, hosted by Università degli studi di Napoli and Università degli studi di Salerno, Naples/Salerno, Italy.

2013        “Great books written in jest: Boccaccio’s Teseida and comic ‘relief’.” Paper presented at Boccaccio e la finzione narrativa. Forme, temi e ricezione, hosted by University of Toronto, Canada.