It is said in his legend that ProfessorDainotto's PhD from New York University was in Comparative Literature,and only when he was struck by an illumination under the statue ofWashington Duke, possessed by the spirit of JB our Founder, he startedpronouncing burning words in Italian and was appointed AssistantProfessor in that Field. The image of Garibaldi spake untohim and said: "Roberto, go and spread Italian words, that manyfoldstudents can hear." And he went and taught, as thou can see, onEighteenth- and Nineteent-Century Italian literature and culture, andfascism and Reconstruction, and Mediterranean Studies and EuropeanUnions; and he wrote in European History Quarterly, SubStance, Nepantla, CriticalInquiry, Segno, NAE, Journalof Modern ItalianStudies, Annalid'italianistica, Italian-Americana, and incollections in Italy and abroad. On a time, he wrote about excrements,which scholars naturally abhor, but it reminded him of sublimeecstasies, and anon he wrote that for PostmodernCulture; wherefore he went to publish Il racconto americano (EinaudiScuola) and Placein Literature (Cornell UP, 2000), to which Europe (inTheory)will follow.
Professor Eric Zakim, Assistant atMaryland, coediteth a volume on Mediterranean Studies with him (Mercyand Truth have met together!), in whose stable of doctrine thou shaltfind, among other things, the rack of scripture, the ass of simpleness,the ox of discretion, and Miriam illuminating. Zakim and Dainotto bothweep bitterly for each word.
Then let us devoutly pray this teacher,Professor Dainotto, to be our instructor and soccur and aid us in ouradversities and curricula, and help, that we may after this short lifeat Duke come into everlasting life in the other world called real.