Assistant Professor, Chair: Arabic and Islamic Studies
Literatures, Cultures and Languages
Nicola Carpentieri is Assistant Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Medieval Studies and Chair of the Arabic and Islamic Studies Program. His research focuses on Arabic poetry and poetics and on the history of medicine. He is particularly interested in transculturality in the medieval Mediterranean, and, beside Arabic, he has worked with Persian, Greek, Latin and Romance texts. Dr. Carpentieri obtained his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2012 and, before coming to UCONN, he has held research positions at University of Manchester and at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He is currently working on a book on Arabic literature in medieval Sicily, and is the chief editor of a special issue of The Medieval Globe (Kalamazoo/Arc Humanities Press) entitled: “Sicily, al-Andalus and the Maghreb: Writing in Times of Turmoil”, which was published in 2020.
In 2018, Dr. Carpentieri joined the editorial board of the “Journal of Transcultural Medieval Studies”. He has published various articles on medieval Arabic literature and on the history of medicine. His latest publications include a comparison between the Arabic and Latin texts of Avicenna’s Canon of Medicine, a study of Ibn al-Quff’s commentary on the Hippocratic Aphorisms and a paper on the Arabic poetics of aging in the Maghrib, which surveys sources of medieval literary criticism alongside poems by Abū Isḥāq and Ibn Ḥamdīs. His interest in the history of medicine revolves around medieval theories on mental health, “wholistic” therapy and psychosomatics. He is currently the PI in the Research Excellence Program-funded project “Towards a Digital Edition of the Canon Medicinae: Mental Health and the Brain in the Latin and Arabic Tradition.” His latest article, in collaboration with Alexander Fidora and Isaac Lampurlanes, appeared in Al-Qantara (2019) and examines Gerard of Cremona’s Latin translation of Avicenna’s Canon, focussing on the mental disease known as phrenitis.
Dr. Carpentieri is a faculty member of the Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies section, within which he is currently supervising a dissertation on women as literary agents and patrons in medieval Iberia and Persia. He is also advising a second dissertation on Syrian prison literature, and he is always happy to provide help to both graduate and undergraduate students willing to pursue research projects within his field of expertise. Dr. Carpentieri is delighted to accept new Ph.D. proposals on the following topics:
Literature and Music in the Medieval Mediterranean, Islamic Medicine, Arabic Poetry and Poetics, Frame-Tales and Mirror for Princes, Muslim Sicily and Iberia, Graeco-Arabic and Latino-Arabica.
Dr. Carpentieri is a non-professional flamenco guitarist and is currently pursuing an outreach project which combines flamenco guitar and short lectures-poetry readings from Andalusian Arabic verse (“al-Andalus: a Musical Journey”).