World Languages & International Studies
Faculty & Staff
Nicolino Applauso, Ph.D.
Office: Holmes Hall 311
Phone: (443) 885-3094
Ph.D. in Romance Languages with Major in Italian Studies and Minor in Spanish; University of Oregon
M.A. in Italian with minor in Critical Theory; Florida State University
B.A. in Italian with Minor in American Literature and Education; University of South Florida
Teaching and Research Interests
Dr. Applauso specializes in Dante and medieval literature and history as well as contemporary Italian history, political satire, and international politics. He is particularly interested in the topic of diversity in Italian studies in relation to pedagogy and African American studies. His aim is to bring awareness and create a more inclusive representation of current demographic changes in Italy, in order to connect the new emerging Afro-Italian population in Italy with minority students in the United States. He is currently working on a monograph about the history of Italian American immigration in Maryland and examining the interaction between Italians and African American intellectuals, educators, musicians, actors, and activists such as Ira Aldridge, Frederick Douglass, Booker Taliaferro Washington, and John Kitzmiller.
Recent Courses Taught
Dr. Applauso designs and teaches all levels of Italian and Latin, as well as beginning Spanish language courses.
Since Fall 2018, he has been teaching and developing the first Italian language program at MSU and has created assessment and proficiency exams at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
The new Italian program at Morgan State University is of historical importance because it is the only Italian program currently taught in HBCUs across the United States.
ITAL 204: Intermediate Italian II
ITAL 203: Intermediate Italian I
ITAL 102: Beginning Italian II
ITAL 101 Beginning Italian I
LAT 102: Beginning Latin II
LAT 101: Beginning Latin I
SPAN 101: Beginning Spanish I
Dante satiro: Satire in Dante Alighieri’s Comedy and Other Works. Eds. Fabian Alfie and Nicolino Applauso. Lanham, MD and London, UK: Lexington Books. Manuscript 220 pages.
ISBN: 978-1-7936-2171-9. https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781793621726/Dante-Satiro-Satire-in-Dante-Alighieri%27s-Comedy-and-Other-Works
Dante’s Comedy and the Ethics of Invective in Medieval Italy: Humor and Evil. Lanham, MD and London, UK: Lexington Books. Manuscript 350 pages. ISBN 978-1-4985-6778-7. https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781498567787/Dante's-Comedy-and-the-Ethics-of-Invective-in-Medieval-Italy-Humor-and-Evil
Italy Today: Changes and Challenges from WWII to the Coronavirus Pandemic, 4th Revised Edition. Mario Mignonet and Nicolino Applauso. Manuscript 450 pages, New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles, Book Chapters, Translations, and Encyclopedia Entries Published:
“African Americans and the Future of Italian Studies: Teaching Italian in Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States.” Diversity in Italian Studies. Ed. Anthony Tamburri. New York: Bordighera Press, 13-24.
“Il Dante NOTAV e antipopulista degli anni Duemila: Nuove tendenze sulla ricezione politica della Commedia in Italia, in Europa e nel mondo.” Ma qui la morta poesì resurga”. Ricezione della Commedia di Dante Alighieri: letteratura, arti, didattica. Eds. Sonia Maura Barillari and Gianluca Olcese. Genova, Italy: Virtuosa-mente editore, 2020 [Forthcoming].
“Ethics: Comedy in the Middle Ages.” in the multivolume encyclopedia A Cultural History of Comedy: The Middle Ages. Eds. Martha Bayless and Jessica Milner-Davis. London, UK.: Bloomsbury Publishing [Forthcoming].
“Il Capo della cancelliere imperiale: Pier della Vigna:” Nel Duecento di Dante. I personaggi. Ed. Franco Suitner. Società Dantesca Italiana. Florence: Le lettere, 2020. 337-50.
“Writing Like Dante: Understanding the Inferno through Creative Writing.” MLA’s Approaches to Teaching Dante’s Divine Comedy. 2nd edition. Eds. Christopher Kleinhenz and Kristina Olson. 223-30.
“Scelestissimis florentinis: Violence, Satire, and Prophecy in the ars dictaminis and Dante’s Political Epistles. Dante satiro: Satire in Dante Alighieri’s Comedy and Other Works. Eds. Fabian Alfie and Nicolino Applauso. Lanham, MD and London, UK: Lexington Books. 147-167.
“La Satira in prosa di Dante nella tradizione dell'ars dictaminis medievale: il caso delle epistole politiche.” La satira in prosa: Tradizioni, forme e temi dal Trecento all’Ottocento. Eds. Giuseppe Crimi, Carlotta Mazzoncini, and Paolo Rigo. Florence: Franco Cesati Editore. 15-25.
“Cenne della Chitarra.” The Literary Encyclopedia: Exploring Literature, History and Culture; eds. Carla Bregman and Jo Ann Cavallo. https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=14159
“Sarcasm and its Consequences in Diplomacy and Politics in Medieval Italy: Brunetto Latini’s Letter to Pavia and Dante’s Monarchia.” Words that Tear the Flesh: Sarcasm in Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Cultures. Eds. Alan Baragona and Elizabeth Rambo. Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2018. 119-42.
“Dante, Berlusconi, and the Bordello State: Paolo Sylos Labini and James Walston’s Democratic Dante at the Ebb of the Seconda Repubblica.” ‘Dante politico’: Ideological Reception Across Boundaries. Eds. Dennis Looney and Donatella Stocchi-Perucchio. Spec. issue of Mediaevalia 38 (2017): 249-78.
Armando Gnisci. “Emigrants and Mestizos in Twenty-First Century Europe.” European Review, 25.4 (2017), Cambridge University Press, 1-9 [Italian-English transl. of “Migrazione e transculturazione in Europa nel XXI secolo,” Cultura del Portale Integrazione Migranti, 2014].
“Folgore da San Gimignano e la parodia di Cenne della Chitarra: intrighi politici e poetici (con nuovi dati biografici).” La poesia in Italia prima di Dante. Ed. Franco Suitner. Ravenna: Longo Editore, 2017. 237-55.
“The Squallor Phenomenon: Social and Political Satire in Italian Music during the First Republic.” ‘Send in the Clowns!' Humour and Power in Italian Political, Social and Cultural Life. Eds. Andrea Hajek, Daniele Salerno, and Clare Watters. Spec. issue of Incontri:Rivista europea di studi italiani 29. 2 (2014): 30-42.
“S’i’ fosse foco ardere’ il mondo: L’esilio e la politica nella poesia di Cecco Angiolieri.”
Letteratura Italiana Antica: Rivista annuale di testi e studi, XV (2014): 223-38.
“Invective and Humor in the Poetry of Dante and Cecco Angiolieri.” At Whom Are We Laughing? Humor in Romance Languages and Literatures. Eds. Zenia DaSilva and Gregory Pell. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013. 207-20.
“Peasant Authors and Peasant Haters: Matazone da Caligano and the Ambiguity of the ‘Satira del villano’ in High and Late Medieval Italy.” Rural Spaces in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Time: The Spatial Turn in Premodern Studies. Eds. Albrecht Classen and Christopher Clason. Fundamentals of Medieval and Early Modern Culture, 7. Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2012. 607-38.
“Curses and Laughter in Medieval Italian Comic Poetry: The Ethics of Humor in Rustico Filippi’s Invectives.” Laughter in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Age: Epistemology of a Fundamental Human Behavior, Its Meaning, and Consequences. Ed. Albrecht Classen. Fundamentals of Medieval and Early Modern Culture 5. Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2010. 383-412.
Lo studio della diversità degli Italiani al Calandra Italian American Institute by Giulia Baldini, La Voce di New York
There Is Only One Race, the Human Race: Teachers of Italian in the US and Activism by Cristina Latino and Francesca Oliveri, La Voce di New York [Italian version Here].
Morgan State University in Baltimore Now Offering Courses in Italian Language, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
New Italian Courses set Morgan Apart, Morgan State University Press Release.
New Multicultural Magazine Makes Debut Appearance by Ryan Nutson, The Daily Emerald,