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Ph.D. (Columbia University, 2000); B.A. (Yale University, 1987)
Tobias Foster Gittes has been teaching at Concordia’s Liberal Arts College since 2003. He specializes in Italian literature of the Middle Ages and early Renaissance with a particular interest in the intersection of erotics and theology (the sacralization of sexual themes and sexualization of sacred ones), the representation of natural and artificial spaces in literary texts (allegorical landscapes, symbolic architecture etc.), and the relation of word to image (illuminated manuscripts, ecphrasis, art themes in literature etc.).
In addition to a book examining Boccaccio’s mythmaking activity—Boccaccio’s Naked Muse: Unveiling the Intertwined Origins of Eros and Culture in Boccaccio’s Art (forthcoming from University of Toronto Press)—professor Gittes has written articles on rape and retaliation in Dante’s Inferno, and on Boccaccio’s method of exploiting conventional erotic motifs (pastoral rapes, voyeurism, pimping etc.) to promote moral, socially constructive ends.