Acting Assistant Professor
A literary scholar and composer, Catherine Adoyo eceived her bachelor’s degree in Music and Italian at the University of California Davis and her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. In her graduate studies she focused on Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature and Golden Age Spanish Literature with critical attention to memory and desire in Petrarch's Canzoniere and its role in the development of the lyric voice in the Western tradition, and the issues of authority and narrative structure in Cervantes' Don Quijote. She continues to explore the confluence of aesthetic and structural features of both music and literature. Her dissertation, "The Order of All Things, Mimetic Craft in Dante's Commedia" reveals the quadrivial musical rationale for the textual architecture of Dante's masterpiece.