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Mark Sandona

Mark Sandona

Professor of English, Chair of the Department of English

Tel: 301-696-3747
Office: Rosenstock Hall, Room 204
Office hours: Monday, 8:30-10 a.m.
Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Harvard University
  • B.A., Comparative Literature, Northwestern University

Courses taught

  • ENGL 123: Screening Literature (Studies in Film Adaptation)
  • ENGL 221: World Literature (from the Ancient World to the Renaissance)
  • ENGL 222: British Literature through the 18th Century
  • ENGL 273: Renaissance Drama
  • ENGL 277: English Renaissance Poetry
  • ENGL 313: Shakespeare
  • ENGL 365: The Renaissance Amphibium
  • ENGL 414: Shakespeare on Film
  • ENHN 363: International Currents in Modern Fiction
  • HON 308: Dante and Giotto


I grew up in Rockford, Ill., went to college nearby (Evanston) and then made my big move to the East Coast in 1977 where I've been ever since. Before arriving at Hood in 1990, I had worked at Bates College (1984-1988) and Bowdoin College (1988-1990) in Maine.

I've always been fascinated by the relationship between literature and other forms of expression, especially visual art; and I love to explore the way religious and ethical concepts are formed in literary language. Most of my research has been dedicated to these ideas.

For the past decade I have had the good fortune to work with Anne Derbes (of Hood's art department) on the imagery of a 14th century chapel in Italy; we've published three articles and two books on this magnificent place (the Arena Chapel in Padua). Along the way, we've included several students in our research and have taken two groups of "art pilgrims" to Italy. Our recent book, The Usurer's Heart: Giotto, Enrico Scrovegni and the Arena Chapel in Padua, was published in 2008 by Penn State Press.