College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > Modern Languages > Faculty > Italian > Gary Cestaro
Gary Cestaro’s research interests include medieval and Renaissance Italian and comparative literature and the history of sexuality. He is the author of Dante and the Grammar of the Nursing Body (University of Notre Dame, 2003) and Queer Italia: Same-Sex Desire in Italian Literature and Film (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004). His essay on the twentieth-century Italian novelist Pier Vittorio Tondelli appeared in a recent issue of Modern Language Notes. His current research focuses on male same-sex desire in the humanist pedagogical tradition from Plato to Dante and beyond. Professor Cestaro is also Director of the LGBTQ Studies Program at DePaul.
Winner of the 2010 Crompton-Noll Award for Best Essay in LGBTQ Studies for:
“Pederastic Insemination, or Dante in the Grammar Classroom” in: The Poetics of Masculinity in Early Modern Italy and Spain. Ed. Gerry Milligan and Jane Tylus. Toronto: University of Toronto Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2010. Pp. 41-73.