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John Scott

E/Prof John Alfred Scott

Emeritus Professor/Senior Honorary Research Fellow
European Languages and Studies

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European Languages and Studies
The University of Western Australia (M204)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 2161
+61 8 6488 1069
Room 2.37, Arts Building, Perth campus
MA Oxf., FAHA, Commendatore dell'Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana
After studying at Oxford University (First Class Honours in Italian and French, 1950; MA, 1957), taught Italian studies (literature and language) at the University of California at Berkeley (1957-1961), University of Reading (1961-1977), The University of Western Australia (1978-1997). Emeritus Professor and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, The University of Western Australia, 1998 to the present.
Over 75 articles published in refereed scholarly journals, ranging over the span of Italian literature, from 1250 to the present, while concentrating on Dante, Petrarch, medieval and Renaissance culture.

8 books, including Understanding Dante, University of Notre Dame Press, 2004,
judged to be “the best book on Dante in any language” (Times Literary Supplement and Sole e 24 Ore, Rome). A revised and enlarged edition published in 2010: Perché Dante?, Roma, Aracne Editrice, in the series sponsored by the Società Dantesca Italiana.
Member of the Editorial Committee of the Electronic Bulletin of the Dante Society of America:

Member of the Advisory Boards of:
- Società Dantesca, Florence, Italy
- The Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library, University of Toronto Press

and of the following scholarly journals:
- L’Alighieri
- Dante (Rome)
- Letteratura Italiana Antica
Honours and awards
2010 Awarded Gold Medal (Fiorino d’Oro) of the City of Florence
2003Centenary Medal of the Commonwealth of Australia “for service to Australian society and the humanities
2000 Elected Honorary Life Member of the Dante Society of America
1999Commendatore dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana
1991 Australian/Italian Friendship Award by the Italian Community in Perth
1981 Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities
1979 Cavaliere Ufficiale dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana
1961Research Fellowship, Chancellor’s Award, University of California
1956Paget Toynbee Prize, Oxford University, for work on Dante
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