Paul Colilli: A Modern-Day Renaissance Man.
Keywords: Petrarca, Dante, Giordano Bruno, Poliziano, Vico, Eco, Agamben, Valesio, Italian Canadian studies, angelology, astronomy, music, playwright, actor, teaching.
On March 7, 2018, the Italian studies community suffered the loss of Paul Colilli, one of its most esteemed members and a dear colleague of mine. A professor of Italian Studies at Laurentian University (Sudbury, Ontario), Paul was a highly respected scholar and a vibrant personality. Many have known Paul for his many publications, ranging from Renaissance to Modern Italian literature, and for his intellectual thought, but his accomplishments go well beyond his research: Paul was an admired teacher, a respected administrator, a diplomat, a playwright, an actor, and a talented musician. Paul Colilli was a modern-day Renaissance man.
Paul was born on August 1, 1952, in Hamilton, Ontario, from Italian parents originally from the region of Abruzzo. He completed his undergraduate studies at McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario) in 1978, and received a Ph.D. in Italian studies from the University of Toronto in 1983.
A Passionate Teacher
Paul started his teaching career at Laurentian University in 1983 as an Assistant Professor of Italian in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and was promoted to the rank of Full Professor in 1997. He also taught as a Visiting Professor in the graduate program at the Middlebury College Italian School (Vermont) from 1989 to 2013. In the fall of 2012 Paul was an Emilio Goggio Visiting Professor in the Department of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto, where he taught a graduate course on "The Medieval Origins of Italian Literary Culture."
During his career at Laurentian University Paul taught courses at the undergraduate level, in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and, at the graduate level, in both the Interdisciplinary M. A. in Humanities and the Ph.D. in Human Studies programs. His teaching was always guided by a profound sense of responsibility towards his students. He was truly interested in their well-being, and, believing in their potential, he encouraged them when they were going through difficult moments and rejoiced in their successes.
His impact on the Italian Studies program at Laurentian University was clearly felt from the beginning: when he arrived at Laurentian, Paul had a ten-month contract to replace the only tenured faculty member who had just retired. The university's administration had planned to graduate the remaining students and, then, close the program. By the end of that academic year Paul's position was converted to a tenure track position, the program was reinvigorated and, in the following years, 2 more tenure-track positions in Italian studies were created. All this was possible thanks to Paul's vision, his commitment to the program, his passion for Italian studies, and, most of all, to his honesty, his dedication, and his sense of duty towards his students.
Paul had a true passion for teaching, so much so that when he became an administrator at Laurentian University (first Dean of Humanities, then Associate Vice-President of Research and Graduate Studies), he insisted on continuing to teach a course every year, even though without remuneration. Nothing could stand in the way of his desire to impart knowledge on his students, not even his illness. When he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in July 2017, the doctors at first advised him to stop working and take some time off to undergo his weekly chemotherapy treatments. This deeply saddened him. He rejoiced immensely when his doctor gave him permission to return to the classroom. And there he was, on the first day of his classes, ready to inspire and motivate his students one more time.
Paul's passion for teaching was attested not only by the count less certificates of appreciation from the Centre for Academic Excellence (CAE) at Laurentian University and by the outstanding teaching evaluations he consistently received, but also by his innovative teaching styles and methods, which reflected the students' changing needs and interests. He was renowned for creating and proposing the most innovative and interesting courses, such as "Reading Italy Through Its Scandals," where he introduced the students to Italian culture through the dynamic of the scandals that, in many ways, anticipated and brought about the changes in the country's cultural climate. Through the analysis of literary works, journalistic writings, films and television programs, the course studied the major scandals of postwar Italy that occurred in the sphere of politics, culture, soccer and other domains. His "Made in Italy: Italian Fashion and Design" course examined the cultural and historical import of Italian fashion and design from the perspective of literature, television, and cinema. The course explored how fashion and design offer a wide-ranging perspective on the central elements that define the cultural profile of Italy, as well as their impact abroad. Paul always managed to give an exotic and contemporary twist to all his courses, even the most traditional ones like "Reason, Love & Death in Italian Enlightenment," where he explored how the cultural production of the Italian Enlightenment and Romantic periods pivot on the interplay between reason, love, violence, and mortality.
Throughout his career, Paul has touched the lives of hundreds of students. He has inspired them and motivated them to reach for the top and achieve their goals. On the day of his funeral and memorial, the church and the hall were full of family members and colleagues, but most of all of students, past and present, from all corners of North America. Paul cared deeply for his students and in return they cared deeply for him.
A Successful Researcher
What can one say about Paul's scholarly activity, other than it was truly remarkable. During his career Paul published 12 monographic volumes, edited two books, wrote 24 chapters in academic books, published 25 articles in refereed journals, translated two books, wrote countless book reviews and presented at 68 conferences around the world. The value and quality of his research are attested by the eight Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada research grants he received, a rare honour among academics. His enthusiasm for research and contributions to his field of study will never be forgotten.
While most researchers tend to focus on one or two literary periods, Paul's research interests varied from Francesco Petrarca, Dante Alighieri, Giordano Bruno and Angelo Poliziano to Giovanbattista Vico, Umberto Eco, Giorgio Agamben and Paolo Valesio, as well as from pedagogy and second language acquisition to Italian Canadian studies, or from angelology to astronomy. It is important to point out that all his literary writings from the middle ages to today were informed by modern critical theory.
His first monograph, Petrarch's Allegories of Writing, was published in 1988 by Nicola De Dominicis. The book was an extensively revised version of his Ph.D. thesis, "Petrarch's Theology of the Veil," supervised by Julius A. Molinaro, and was one of the first studies to suggest the presence of flexible boundaries for anachronism in Petrarch scholarship.
Paul's interest in ontology and semiotics brought him to write Poliziano's Science of Tropes, published in 1989 by Peter Lang, a work which follows "Poliziano's tracing and appropriation of the semiotic voices and matter emitted from the past" (xi).
His continued interest in Petrarca culminated with the publication of La poetica dell'aletheia nell'"Africa" del Petrarca, published in 1993 by Marra. In the volume, Paul proposes a radical re-evaluation of the relationship between writing and nothingness. His attention falls on Petrarch's revisions of Africa, which are present in the "Acquisti e Doni 441" manuscript of the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, that were never incorporated by the author in his final work.
In 1993 Paul also published Signs of the Hermetic Imagination, which appeared as number 12 in the Series of the Toronto Semiotic Circle. In this study, he traces the genealogy of a hermetic vein in Giordano Bruno, Giambattista Vico, Martin Heidegger, Franco Relia, Giorgio Agamben and Paolo Valesio. The works of these same authors are once again examined by Paul in a later publication, The Idea of a Living Spirit: Poetic Logic as a Contemporary Theory (University of Toronto Press, 1997), where he uses their textual materials to formulate the idea of a poetic logic. The Idea of a Living Spirit was also a stepping stone in Paul's next chapter in his academic career, when his research interests delved into the field of angelology. In his next book, The Angel's Corpse (St. Martin's Press, 1999), he applies his theories on poetic logic to the signifying nature of the angel in literature. In his review of The Angel's Corpse, Michael Hardt (Duke University) states:
Paul Colilli takes the existence of angels seriously. And he takes seriously too the truth of poetry. In this provocative and original book he makes clear how intimately related the two are.
Paul's fascination with the philosophy of Giovanbattista Vico is what inspired him to write Vico and the Archives of Hermetic Reason (Soleil Publishing, 2004). In this volume he argues that one of the key tools in understanding the thought of Vico is the hermetic philosophy of the Renaissance, and he does so by "focusing on aspects of the topographical dispersion of the hermetic archives present in Vico's writings" (4).
In La redenzione delle cose: il pensiero poetante di Paolo Valesio, published in 2006 by Metauro, Paul focusses on Valesio's works and traces the emergence of a poetic reason that pivots on the redemptive qualities of his poetry.
Paul's last monograph, Agambeti and the Signature of Astrology: Spheres of Potentiality, published by Lexington Books in 2015, focusses on the work of one of the world's most important living philosophers. Paul was ecstatic when, after reading his manuscript, Giorgio Agamben himself wrote the following commentary for the back cover of the book:
Paul Colilli's archeology of astrology is enlightening and penetrating. His conception of astrology as an epistemological ruin located in the unconscious of contemporary thought should be carefully considered by any scholar in the field of humanities. Therefore, it is not surprising that I learned from his book something utterly unexpected about my own work.
While Agamben and the Signature of Astrology was his last published book, Paul kept on researching and writing till the very end. Even during the painful and tiring months of chemotherapy treatment, I would often find Paul in his office working away on his latest book on critical theory and angelology. He once told me that his research was able to give him a sense of peace during that difficult time and made him come to terms with death itself. He then explained that his last work was on the Angel of Death.
An Experienced Administrator
Throughout his career at Laurentian University Paul assumed many administrative duties. In 1985, two years after his arrival in Sudbury, he became Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures (originally Italian, Spanish, German), a position which he held till 1993, then, again, from 2000 to 2001 and from 2015 to 2018 (he even chaired our departmental meeting the week before his passing). Thanks to his guidance, the department was recently able to expand with the addition of two more languages: Chinese (since 2016) and Arabic (2017).
From 1993 to 1997 Paul assumed the role of Dean of Humanities at Laurentian University. From 2001 to 2008 he was Dean of Graduate Studies and Research and, following a period of restructuring, he became Associate Vice President of Research and Graduate Studies (2008-2009). From 2009 to 2010 he was Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences.
His administrative duties also expanded beyond the boundaries of Laurentian University, as he assumed the role of Associate Director at Middlebury College's Italian Summer School from 2006 to 2013. From 1993 to 1996 he was Vice-President of the Canadian Society for Italian Studies. He was Regional Representative of the Council of Deans of Arts and Sciences of Ontario, from 1993 to 1997, and Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Conference of Deans of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences from 1995 to 1997. He held the position of Corresponding Member of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities from 1997 to 2005, and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Ontario Council of Graduate Studies from 2005 to 2008.
As Dean of Graduate studies, Paul worked tirelessly to promote and expand graduate studies at Laurentian University. He fought to guarantee funding for all M.A students, and it was under his deanship that Laurentian University's first Ph.D. program in the Faculty of Arts (Ph.D. in Human Studies) was established and launched in 2007.
Paul was the perfect administrator: he was well respected, fair, open-minded, and, most of all, always calm and collected. His sincerity, honesty and willingness to help had a profound effect on all those around him. It was not uncommon to see other senior administrators stop by his office and ask for advice, knowing that his door would always be open.
A Dedicated Community Leader and Diplomat
Since his arrival in Sudbury, Paul worked tirelessly to promote the Italian culture by building a strong connection with the local Italian community, in particular through the main associations: the Societa Caruso of Sudbury (the largest local Italian social club), the Montessori Club of Sudbury, the Italian Club of Copper Cliff, the Associazione Alpini of Sudbury, and the various regional Italian associations (Associazione Regionale Marchigina; Calabria Social Club; Associazione Veneta; Fogolar Furlan). He served as Chair of the Societa Caruso's Culture and Education Committee from 1995 to 1999, and was First Vice-President of the Societa Caruso from 1999 to 2003.
Paul partnered with the local Fogolar Furlan when he organized a conference and an exhibit on Pier Paolo Pasolini in 1995, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the director's passing. In 2011 he collaborated with several local associations in organizing a conference in honour of the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy.
In the year 2000, Paul was chosen to become Honorary ViceConsul of Italy for Sudbury, Timmins, Parry Sound and Sault Ste. Marie. While in office, he spent most of his Friday mornings in the consular office at the Societa Caruso, assisting his fellow Italians from all over North-Eastern Ontario with their applications and issues concerning pensions, passports, citizenship, and all other bureaucratic matters.
A Talented Musician, Playwright and Actor
Paul Colilli is one of those apocryphal figures in Canadian Rock history. (Bruce Mowat. G-Mole, Friday, August 19, 2011)
Paul Colilli's Psycho Sacred Music is a record that sounds like it's streaked with silver. It flows with sparks of pop sensibilities and quivers with intimate, sometimes melancholy undertones. (Liz Worht, The Radio Forest, March 5, 2012)
Paul Colilli's melodies, themes and lyrics are all very exclusive and unforgettable. (Willie Poll, Lambda. Tuesday, March 20, 2012)
These are only a few of the comments on Paul's music expressed by critics around the world. Paul's musical career started in the 70s, when he co-founded the legendary Canadian proto-punk band Simply Saucer. He left the band in 1979, when his life journey brought him from creating experimental music to academia, where, in the years to follow, he became an authority on angelology, hermeticism and post-theology.
Paul relaunched his musical career in 2011 with the release if his first solo album Psycho Sacred Music. In an interview conducted by a local newspaper, Paul admitted that "at a certain point, my severe nostalgia for my musical archeology ended up alchemically contaminating my ongoing Odyssey through the unmarked forests of ancient and modern books. The result was Psycho Sacred Music." Paul has described his songs as "metaphysical ghost music with a beat" or "psycho Baroque pop." His melodies are characterized by pulsating pianos, chiming organs, thrashing guitars, mellotron sounds, disarming ambient sounds and hypnotic rhythms. The webpage dedicated to his music (www.paulcolilli.ca) reads:
The album guides the listener throughout worlds that haunt the many aspects of our daily lives. The tracks on the album unleash a sense of wonder for the things that once existed and a feeling of terrifying nostalgia for what has not yet taken place. [...] Everything is bound together by lyrics that bring the listener to the edge of an intoxicating sound space, lodged somewhere between darkness and light, not unlike a Caravaggio painting reconceptualised by Andy Warhol.
In June 2013 Paul released his second solo album, Hieroglyphs of the Soul, which explores the relationship between past, present and future. His fascination with the end of times brings him to imagine what will happen between now and then. He imagines a future filled with the past in a world where the natural order of time has been reversed and the past races towards us from the future.
Paul's fascination with the past transpires also in his creative writing, and, in particular, in the play he co-wrote with his wife, Professor Diana Iuele-Colilli, Il tempo vola, published by Soleil Publishing in 2016. The play is set in contemporary Sudbury, and the protagonists are a Laurentian University caretaker and a maintenance worker who, during their night shift, are tele-transported to Renaissance Italy by a faulty elevator.
Together with Diana Iuele-Colilli and myself, Paul also coauthored a collection of 2 other plays: La sala verde and Divorzio alia canadese (Legas, 2017). La sala verde also takes place in presentday Sudbury, and deals with comical situations surrounding auditions for a fictional, joint Canadian-Italian production of a docudrama about the Sudbury Italian community. Divorzio alia canadese also takes place in Sudbury, and deals with Giacinto and Assunta, two Italian immigrants who, after many years of marriage, decide to split up. The sobriety and gravity expressed by his music seem to be forgotten in his comedies, where, instead, his wit, sarcasm and ability to find humour even in the most difficult situations, prevail.
Paul's interest in theatre started in 1992, when, together with Diana Iuele-Colilli, he co-founded and co-directed the Student theatrical group Le maschere laiirenziane, housed in the Italian Studies program in the Department of Modern languages and Literatures at Laurentian University. During his quarter of a century directorial career, he staged several plays from the Italian theatrical canon, such as from Pirandello, Goldoni, Campanile, Fo, and many others, as well as plays by Italian-Canadian authors like Franscesca Schembri and Toni Nardi.
Paul's artistic abilities were not limited to writing music and plays: he also graced the stage of the Laurentian University Alphonse Raymond Theatre and Thorneloe University Theatre (Sudbury) on several occasions. In 1996 he played the role of Don Giovanni Altamura in Eduardo De Filippo's Ditegli sempre di si. In 2005 he was Peppino Zicca in Francesca Schembri's Tutti a tavola. In February 2010 he was the male lead in Christine Sansalone and Diana Iuele-Colilli's Vita di tutti igiorni. His portrayal of Giovanni Campino, a middle-aged Italian immigrant living in Sudbury and trying to collect his workers' compensation benefit was hilarious and humanizing at the same time. In his next role as Carlo in La sala verde, which he also co-authored with Christine Sansalone and Diana Iuele-Colilli, he was a RAI-TV movie director sent to Sudbury to film a documentary on Italian-Canadians. His last appearance on stage was in 2016 as Giacinto Pacifici in Divorzio alia canadese.
A Family Man and a Great Colleague
Paul's accomplishments in research, teaching, administrative work, music and so on are exceptionally remarkable; still, Paul always told me that his greatest accomplishment was his family, i.e., his wife Diana and their three children, Andrea, Julian and Olivia. He was extremely proud of his children, and always had a little sparkle in his eyes when talking about them. He became a soccer and baseball coach for their school teams, never missed a recital or a school concert, and supported them in their studies and careers. He encouraged them to reach for their dreams, and was a loving and caring father and a devoted husband.
When I joined Laurentian University as an inexperienced, junior faculty member in 2005, I felt a little intimidated about the idea of working with such an accomplished academic as Paul; however, as soon as I arrived, that feeling immediately turned into appreciation for the opportunity to work with a scholar who, in spite of his caliber, was so down-to-hearth, humble and welcoming.
As I sit here in my office writing this article, I find myself looking at the empty office next to me, Paul's office, once filled with books, papers, ideas, students, colleagues, and community members seeking advice or just wanting to chat about music, soccer, politics, religion, existential theories, et cetera. Paul will be profoundly missed by all of us, but we may find comfort in knowing that his legacy will live on in his writings, in his music and in his teachings, which have touched our lives and will continue to touch the lives of many in the future.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS BY PAUL COLILLI
Colilli, Paul, Salvatore Bancheri, Diana Iuele-Colilli and Michael Lettieri. Lettura e conversazione. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 1986. Print.
Colilli, Paul. Petrarch's Allegories of Writing. Studi e testi di bibliologia e critica letteraia XV. Naples: De Dominicis Editore, 1988. Print.
--. Poliziano's Science of Tropes. American University Series \ Romance language and literature. No. 98. New York-Berne: Peter Lang, 1989. Print.
--. La poetica dell'aletheia nell' "Africa" del Petrarca. Iride: collana di critica, didattica e testi letterari 10. Rovito (Cosenza): Marra Editore, 1993. Print.
--. Signs of the Hermetic Imagination. Monograph Series of the Toronto Semiotic Circle. No.12. Toronto: Victoria College, U of Toronto P, 1993. Print.
--. The Idea of a Living Spirit: Poetic Logic as a Contemporary Theory. Toronto Studies in Semiotics. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 1997. Print.
--. The Angel's Corpse. Semaphores and Signs Series. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999. Print.
--. Vico and the Archives of Hermetic Reason. Wetland: editions Soleil publishing, 2004. Print.
--. La redenzione delle cose. Saggio sul pensiero poetante di Paolo Valesio. Pesaro: Metauro Edizioni, 2006. Print.
--. Agamben and the Signature of Astrology: Spheres of Potentiality. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books / Rowman and Littlefield, 2015. Print.
Colilli, Paul and Diana luele-Colilli. Il tempo vola, editions Soleil publishing, Inc.: Weiland, 2016. Print.
Colilli, Paul, Diana luele-Colilli and Christine Sansalone. La sala verde & Divorzio alla canadese. Legas: Ottawa, 2017. Print.
Paul Colilli and Francesca Valente (eds.). Umberto Eco. Incontro. Toronto: Istituto Italiano di Cultura/Guernica, 1996. Print.
Colilli, Paul, Marcel Danesi, Paul Perron and Leonardo Sbrocchi (eds.). Semiotics as a Bridge between the Sciences and the Humanities. Ottawa, New York: Legas, 2000. Print.
Colilli, Paul and Christine Sansalone (eds.). Documenting the Italian Diaspora. Special issue of Italian Canadiana Vol. 32 (2017). Print.
Chapters in Academic Books
Colilli, Paul and Diana luele-Colilli. "The Italian Cultural Presence in Sudbury." The Luminous Mosaic: Italian Cultural Organizations in Ontario. J. A. Molinaro and M. Kuitunen (eds.). Welland, Ont.: editions Soleil publishing inc., 1993: 237-251. Print.
Colilli, Paul. "The Pleats of Destiny: Marino, Deleuze, the Fold." The Sense of Marino. F. Guardiani (ed.). Literary Criticism Series. No. 5. New York, Ottawa, Toronto: Legas, 1994:191-201. Print.
--. "Scipio's Triumphal Ascent in the Africa." Petrarch's Triumphs: Allegory and Spectacle. A. A. Iannucci and K. Eisenbichler (eds.). Ottawa: Dovehouse, 1990:147-159. Print.
--. "Memory, Image, Metamorphosis: Franco Relia and the Ghost of the Hermetic Past." Miscellanea di italianistica in memoria di Mario Santoro. Michele Cataudella (ed.). Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento Meridionale. Naples: Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, 1995:401-409. Print.
--. "Paolo Valesio." Italian Novelists since World War II. Augustus Pallotta (ed.). Columbia, S.C.: Bruccoli Clark Layman, Inc., 1998:268-274. Print.
--. "Giordano Bruno." Encyclopedia of the Renaissance. P. Grendler et al. (eds.). New York: Charles Scribner's Sons and the Renaissance Society of America, 1999: Vol. 1, 306-308. Print.
--. "Angelo Poliziano." Encyclopedia of the Renaissance. P. Grendler (ed.). New York: Charles Scribner's Sons and the Renaissance Society of America, 1999: Vol. 5, 114-116. Print.
--. "Meditazioni ermetiche nell'era del tardo capitalismo." La lotta con Proteo. Metamorfosi del testo e testualita delia critica. L. Ballerini, G. Bardin and M. Ciavolella (eds.). Florence: Edizioni Cadmo, 2001: Vol. I, 98112. Print.
Colilli, Paul and Michael Lettieri. "Le riviste di italianistica canadesi." Le riviste di italianistica nel mondo. Marco Santoro (ed.). Roma-Pisa: Istituti editoriali e poligrafici internazionali, 2002: 253-263. Print.
Colilli, Paul. "The Slippery Logic of Identity." The Harvest of a New Life: Documenting, Thinking and Representing the Italian-Canadian Experience. Diana-Iuele Colilli (ed.). Welland, ON: editions Soleil publishing, inc., 2002:147-159. Print.
--. "Afternoon Meditations." The Harvest of a New Life: Documenting, Thinking and Representing the Italian-Canadian Experience. Diana-Iuele Colilli (ed.). Weiland, ON: Soleil Publishing, 2002: 201-211. Print.
Colilli, Paul and Diana Iuele-Colilli. "Appunti sull'insegnamento dell'italiano a livello postlaurea." L'Italia nella lingua e nel pensiero. Anthony Mollica and Riccardo Campa (eds.). Quaderni di libri e riviste d'Italia --Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, 2002: Tomo I, 545-555. Print.
Colilli, Paul. "Semiotic Theory of Texts." Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd Ed. Keith Brown (ed.). Elsevier: Oxford, 2006: Vol. 12:630-642. Print.
--. "I segreti della scienza poetologica." La Scuola Italiana di Middlebury College (1996-2005). Passione Didattica Pratica. Antonio Vitti (ed.). Pesaro: Metauro, 2005:167-182. Print.
--. "The Arcadian Academy." Seventeenth-Century Italian Poets and Dramatists. A. N. Mancini and G. Palen Pierce (eds.). Columbia, S.C.: Bruccoli Clark Layman, Inc., 2008: 279-285. Print.
--. "Vincenzo da Filicaia." Seventeenth-Century Italian Poets and Dramatists. A. N. Mancini and G. Palen Pierce (eds.). Columbia, S.C.: Bruccoli Clark Layman, Inc., 2008:147-151. Print.
--. "Valesio e l'irreparabile." Analogie del mondo: scritti su Paolo Valesio. Victoria Surliuga (ed.). Modena: Edizioni del laboratorio di poesia, 2008: 60-70. Print.
--. "La misura esoterica di Giambattista Vico." 'Delectando discitur': Essays in Honor of Edoardo A. Lebano. Paolo A. Giordano and Michael Lettieri (eds.). Italiana XIII, 2009:147-157. Print.
--. "Constructivism." Encyclopedia of Media and Communication. Marcel Danesi (ed.). Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2013:196-197. Print.
--. "Jurgen Habermas." Encyclopedia of Media and Communication. Marcel Danesi (ed.). Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2013: 331-332. Print.
--. "Post-Structuralism." Encyclopedia of Media and Communication. Marcel Danesi (ed.). Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2013: 530-531. Print.
--. "Giorgio Agamben and the Posthumous Life of Theological Signs." La letteratura e la Religione. Francesco Guardiani and Salvatore Bancheri (eds.). Florence: Franco Cesati editore, 2015: 365-372. Print.
--. "Prolegomeni a un uso postmedievale dell'angelologia (su Giorgio Agamben)." Miscellanea di studi in onore di Gino Tellini. Simone Magherini (ed.). Biblioteca Palazzeschi. Firenze: Societa Editrice Fiorentina, 2018: 1057-1073. Print.
--. "Non-Biological Forms-of-Life as Signatures." Lo scrigno delle segnature: lingua e poesia in Giorgio Agamben / The Reliquary of Signatures: Language and Poetry in Giorgio Agamben. Marco Carmello, Jacopo D'Alonzo and Lucia Dell'Aia (eds.). Madrid: Editorial Complutense, forthcoming 2018. Print.
Colilli, Paul. "The Concept of Death in the Poetry of Pier Paolo Pasolini: A Philological Approach." Canadian Journal of Italian Studies 5 (1981-82): 91-97. Print.
--. "Intervista con Stanislao Nievo." Canadian Journal of Italian Studies 5 6 (1982): 390-393. Print.
--. "La fiaba quale mezzo dell'insegnamento linguistico." Laurentian University Review 17.1 (1984): 97-101. Print.
--. "XIV Convegno delia Societa Canadese per gli Studi di Italianistica." Quaderni d'italianistica 7. 2 (1986): 273-278. Print.
--. "Petrarch and the Poetics of Aletheia." Italiana. A. N. Mancini, P. Giordano and P. R. Baldini (eds.). River Forest, III.: Holy Rosary College (1988): 109-117. Print.
--. "The Voice of Beatrice in the Divine Comedy." Esperienze letterarie 1.14 (1988): 5-15. Print.
--. "Harold Bloom and the Post-Theological Dante." Annali d'Italianistica 8 (1990): 132-143. Print.
--. "Purgatorio XIV." Lectura Dantis: A Forum for Dante Research and Interpretation 12 (Spring 1993): 201-211. Print.
--. "Paradiso VII." Lectura Dantis: A Forum for Dante Research and Interpretation 16-17 (Spring-Fall 1995): 91-106. Print.
--. "Theses on the Corpse of Poetry." Yale Italian Poetry II.1 (Spring 1998): 113-129. Print.
--. "Scholia on Angelological Cognition." Albert Mancini. Teacher, Scholar, Humanist. Italiana VIII. P. Giordano and A. Tamburri (eds.), (1999): 68-76. Print.
--. "What is Poetic Logic? (The Remains of a Forgotten Italian Human Science)." Italian Politics and Society 51 (Spring 1999): 32-38. Print.
--. "Dante e il Medioevo italiano nella critica nordamericana (1989-99)." Esperienze letterarie 25.1 (2000): 105-115. Print.
--. "Gli archivi segreti / Verso il risveglio." Trame / 5. Franco Relia (ed.). Bologna: Edizioni Pendragon, 2003: 97-111. Print.
--. "Paolo Valesio, ovvero, le ragioni di una nova poetologia." Studi italiani XV.2 (luglio-dicembre 2003): 75-85. Print.
--. "Petrarch's Canzoniere: Files from the Corpus of Scholarship (1974 2003)." Annali d'italianistica 22 (2004): 135-155. Print.
--. "The Astrological Signs Left to Posterity." Annali d'italianistica 23 (2005): 121-132. Print.
--. "La trascendenza cade dal cielo (appunti per una teo-poetologia contemporanea)." Esperienze letterarie 1 (2006): 43-58. Print.
--. "Paratextology." Semiotica 166 (August 2007): 445-452. Print.
--. "Vico e il lascito delia ragione ermetica." Critica letteraria III (2007): 189-203. Print.
--. "La teologia come poesia dei morti. L'esempio di Giorgio Agamben." Esperienze letterarie 2 (2008): 45-58. Print.
--. "The Theological Materials of Modernity (On Giorgio Agamben)." Italica 3 (2008): 466-480. Print.
--. "Dell'astrologia razionale (scholia in margine a L'aperto di Giorgio Agamben)." Esperienze letterarie XXXVI (2011): 23-37. Print.
--. "Late Patrology: The Example of Giorgio Agamben." Toronto Journal of Theology 29.1 (2013): 3-18. Print.
--. "Introduction and Translation, Pierangelo Sequeri, 'Music and Resurrection'." Toronto journal of Theology 29.2 (2013): 417-424. Print.