James Kriesel is Assistant Professor of Italian at Villanova University. His research focuses on Giovanni Boccaccio's theories of allegory and genre, on the reception of Boccaccio's works in the Italian Renaissance, and on Boccaccio’s engagement with Dante’s works. His publications have appeared in Studi sul Boccaccio, The Italianist, and Renaissance Quarterly. He is the author of the essay on allegory for the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to the Divine Comedy and of the essay on Decameron VI,4 for the forthcoming Lectura Boccaccii on Day VI. His book, Boccaccio’s Corpus: Allegory, Ethics, and Vernacularity, is due out later this year with the University of Notre Dame Press.