Giancarlo Tursi

Assistant Professor

Office Location

Phelps 5211


Assistant Professor of Translation Theory and Translation Studies

Affiliated Faculty, Comparative Literature


PhD, Comparative Literature, With Distinction, New York University, New York, 2022
Masters, Comparative Literature, Mention Très Bien (Summa Cum Laude), Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris 3), Paris, 2015
BA, English, Boston University, Boston, Magna Cum Laude, 2009


Academic Awards and Distinctions

NYU Anais Nin Memorial Fellowship, 2022

NYU Global Research Initiative Fellow, Washington D.C., 2022

NYU MacCracken Fellow, 2015-2020

NYU Student Government Assembly Conference Fund, 2019

NYU GSAS Travel Grant, 2017

NYU Research and Language Acquisition Grant, 2017

NYU Diversity Scholar, 2017-2020

“Admissible” for École Normale Supérieur, Paris (“Sélection Internationale”)


Translation theory; linguistic philosophy; language politics; minoritized languages (dialects, Creoles, patois); nineteenth-century Italian literature and history; Dante studies; philology. 


My current project explores the phenomenon of dialectal translations of Dante in nineteenth-century Italy with a view to understanding the complex language politics of this period, during which not only the nation but the language was being unified.


Translation Work

Alquati, Romano, "Co-research and worker's inquiry," with "Avant-Propos" by M. Polleri, South Atlantic Quarterly, 2018.


"After Ferrante: Translation, Subtitles, and Stereoscopic Reading," in Ferrante Unframed: Authorship, Reception, and Feminist Praxis in the Works of Elena Ferrante, Florence, Società Editrice Fiorentina, 2021.

"What is an 'Accented Translation'? Dialectal Translation of Dante in Risorgimento Italy," New Brunswick, Rutgers University Italian Department, La Fusta Journal of Italian Literature and Culture, 2020. 

"Poetics of the Tangent: Dialect, Translation and the Critique of Linguistic Ontology," in King's Review — Flights, Cambridge, University of Cambridge Press, 2020.


Winter 2023 – C LIT 170 – Translation as Metaphor: An Introduction to Translation Theory and Practice.

Spring 2023 – C LIT 134 – Poetics of the Second Language: Identity and Translation (French and Italian Contexts)

Spring 2023 – C LIT 114/ITAL 114X – Dante’s Divine Comedy