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Dr. Chris Picicci

Associate Professor

Dr. Chris Picicci
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PSY 202D

Bio

Assistant Professor Chris Picicci is director of the Italian minor program at CSU-Pueblo.  His specialization is in Italian and Spanish epic poetry of the sixteenth century.  He completed his dissertation, Force and Human Suffering in Sixteenth-Century Epic Poetry:  Torquato Tasso’s Gerusalemme Liberata and Alonso De Ercilla y Zúñiga’s Araucana, at the University of Oregon in 2008.  His research focuses on alterity and the construction of identity among epic combatants.  He believes romance episodes appearing in historical epic narratives on the “New World” propose an alternative to the destructive forces of war and conquest.  In several poems depicting “New World” encounters, the theme of a shared humanity between colonizers and colonized emerges as a salient aspect of the texts.  Close textual readings depict passages that convincingly construct a space for compassion and resistance against European imperial hegemony and question Aristotle’s notion that epic poetry imitates noble actions.  Other aspects of his scholarship include the influence and use of Petrarchisms in Renaissance epic poetry, the distinction between author and narrator in several poems and a broad range of issues surrounding Humanism and epos.
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