Steven Botterill Full List of Publications


Dante and the Mystical Tradition: Bernard of Clairvaux in the “Commedia” (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1994; paperback reprint, 2005)


Dante: “De vulgari eloquentia” [edited and translated] (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1996; paperback reprint, 2005)


“Doctrine, Doubt, and Certainty: Paradiso XXXII. 40-84″, in Italian Studies, 42 (1987): 20-36

“‘Quae non licet homini loqui’: The Ineffability of Mystical Experience in Paradiso I and the Epistle to Can Grande“, in Modern Language Review, 83 (1988): 332-341

“The Form of Dante’s Minotaur”, in Forum Italicum, 22 (1988): 60-76

“Cecco Nuccoli: An Introduction”, in The Italianist, 8 (1988): 16-32

“Re-Reading Lancelot: Dante, Chaucer, and Le Chevalier de la charrette“, in Philological Quarterly, 67 (1988): 279-289

“Life after Beatrice: Bernard of Clairvaux in Paradiso XXXI”, in Texas Studies in Literature and Language, 32 (1990): 120-136

Inferno XXIX: Capocchio and the Limits of Realism”, in Italiana 1988: Selected Papers from the Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Italian, edited by Albert N. Mancini and others (River Forest, IL: Rosary College, 1990), pp. 23-33

Inferno XII”, in Dante’s “Divine Comedy”: Introductory Readings, I: “Inferno” (Supplement to Lectura Dantis, 6 [1990]), edited by Tibor Wlassics, pp. 149-162

“‘Legato con amore in un volume’: Uberto Limentani and the Cambridge Lecturae Dantis“, in Lectura Dantis, 7 (Fall 1990): 29-35

Dante Studies and the Study of Dante”, in Annali d’Italianistica, 8 (1990): 88-102
“Autobiography and Artifice in the Medieval Lyric: The Case of Cecco Nuccoli”, in Italian Studies, 46 (1991): 37-57

“Not of This World: Spiritual and Temporal Powers in Dante and Bernard of Clairvaux”, in Lectura Dantis, 10 (Spring 1992): 8-21

“Bernard of Clairvaux in the Trecento Commentaries on Dante’s Commedia“, in Dante Studies, 109 (1991 [1992]): 89-118

Purgatorio XXVII”, in Dante’s “Divine Comedy”: Introductory Readings, II: “Purgatorio” (Supplement to Lectura Dantis, 12 [1993]), edited by Tibor Wlassics, pp. 398-410

“‘…però che la divisione non si fa se non per aprire la sentenzia de la cosa divisa’ (Vita nuova, XIV. 13): The Vita Nuova as Commentary”, in “La gloriosa donna de la mente”: A Commentary on the “Vita Nuova”, edited by Vincent Moleta (Florence: Olschki, & Perth: University of Western Australia, 1994), pp. 61-76

“Dante e l’alchimia”, in Dante e la scienza, edited by Patrick Boyde and Vittorio Russo (Ravenna: Longo, 1995), pp. 203-211

Paradiso XII”, in Dante’s “Divine Comedy”: Introductory Readings, III: “Paradiso”, (Lectura Dantis, 16–17 [1995]), edited by Tibor Wlassics, pp. 172-185

“Dante’s Poetics of the Sacred Word”, in Philosophy and Literature, 20 (1996): 154-162

“The Trecento: Minor Writers”, in The Cambridge History of Italian Literature, edited by Lino Pertile and C. P. Brand (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996), pp. 108-127

“Dante and the Authority of Poetic Language”, in Dante: Contemporary Perspectives, edited by Amilcare Iannucci (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997), pp. 167-180

“The Figure of St Bernard in Dante’s Commedia“, in Atti del Seminario Dantesco Internazionale, edited by Zygmunt G. Baranski (Florence: Le Lettere, 1997), pp. 149-170

“Ideals of the Institutional Church in Dante and Bernard of Clairvaux”, in Italica, 78 (2001): 297-313

“Mysticism and Meaning in Dante’s Paradiso”, in Dante for the New Millennium, edited by Teodolinda Barolini and H. Wayne Storey (New York: Fordham University Press, 2003), pp. 143–151

“The Trecento Commentaries on Dante’s Commedia“, in The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, vol. II, The Middle Ages, ed. Alastair Minnis and Ian Johnson (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005), pp. 590-611

“Introduction”, in Dante Alighieri, Inferno, translated by Stanley Lombardo (Indianapolis & Cambridge, MA, 2009), pp. ix-xxxvii

“Dante as Humanist, Radical Reformer, and Old Testament-Style Prophet,” an interview in Secrets of “Inferno”, edited by Daniel Burstein (Stamford, CT: The Story Plant, 2013), pp. 57-66

“Reading, Writing, and Speech in the Fourteenth- and Fifteenth-Century Commentaries on Dante’s Commedia“, in Interpreting Dante: Essays on the Traditions of Dante Commentary, edited by Paola Nasti and Claudia Rossignoli (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2013), pp. 17-29

“Italian Versification: A Note”, in Lorenzo Bianconi, Music in the Seventeenth Century, translated by David Bryant (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1987), pp. xi-xii

“Introduction”, in Italy On the Loose: 1995 (Berkeley Guides; New York: Fodor’s, 1994), pp. xvi-xvii

In memoriam Gian-Paolo Biasin”, in Annali d’Italianistica, 16 (1998): 3

“Gian-Paolo Biasin: In memoriam“, in Forum Italicum, 33 (1999): 9-11

Nine entries (total: c. 9000 words) for The Dante Encyclopedia, edited by Richard Lansing (New York: Garland, 2000)

Thirty-one entries (total: c. 4000 words) for The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature, edited by David Robey and Peter Hainsworth (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)

Seventeen entries (total: c. 7500 words) for Medieval Italy: An Encyclopedia, edited by Christopher Kleinhenz (New York & London: Routledge, 2004)
“Duecento and Trecento I: Dante”, in The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies, 44 (1982): 529-540

“Duecento and Trecento I: Dante”, in The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies, 45 (1983): 449-462

“Duecento and Trecento I: Dante”, in The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies, 46 (1984): 452-465

“Duecento and Trecento I: Dante”, in The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies, 47 (1985): 462-475

“Duecento and Trecento I: Dante”, in The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies, 48 (1986): 499-511

“Duecento and Trecento I: Dante”, in The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies, 49 (1987): 460-470

“Dante in North America: 1990-1991”, in Lectura Dantis, 11 (Fall 1992): 3-25

“Dante Studies in the British Isles since 1980”, in Dante Studies, 111 (1993): 245-261

“Dante in North America: 1991-1993”, in Lectura Dantis, 14–15 (1994): 116-128
Almost two hundred reviews since 1984, in Choice; Comparative Literature; Envoi; Italian Studies; Italica; The Journal of Ecclesiastical History; The Journal of the History of Sexuality; Lectura Dantis; Medium Aevum; The Modern Language Review; Rassegna europea di letteratura italiana; Reading Medieval Studies; Renaissance Quarterly; Romance Philology; Romanische Forschungen; Speculum; Symposium; The European Legacy; The Journal of Religion; The Medieval Review

“British Dante Bibliography, 1980-1993”, on the Dante Society of America website, at [From item #8 in Review Articles, above]

“British Dante Bibliography, 1993-2000”, on the Dante Society of America website, at



Selection of Renaissance lyrics in Iain Fenlon, Music and Patronage in Sixteenth-Century Mantua, vol. II (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1982), pp. 141-148

Giulio Cattin, Music of the Middle Ages I (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1984)

Domenico Maffei, “Manuscripts and Legal Publishers in the Early Sixteenth Century”, in Monumenta Iuris Canonici, Series C, Subsidia, 7 (Vatican City, 1985), pp. 49-54

Unpublished letters of the Gonzaga family, in Claudio Monteverdi: “Orfeo”, edited by John Whenham (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1986), pp. 167-172

Nicoletta Guidobaldi, “Music Publishing in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Umbria”, in Early Music History, 8 (1988): 1-36 [uncredited]

Prefatory material to Polyphonic Music of the Fourteenth Century, vol. XXIIIA, edited by Giulio Cattin and Francesco Facchin (Monaco: L’Oiseau-Lyre, 1989), pp. xi-xxi [uncredited]