Dante Della Terza (born 1924) is an Italian academic currently living and working in the United States.
He studied at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy, under the supervision of Luigi Russo, a major critic between the 1930s and the 1960s. After studying philology in Zurich and teaching in Italy for some time, Della Terza moved to Los Angeles, where he started teaching Italian at the University of California Los Angeles. He later moved to Harvard University, where he taught regularly until Fall 1993. His supervision was fundamental for many American scholars in Italian literature. Among his most important students are: Lucienne Kroha, of McGill University; Manuela Bertone, formerly of Harvard University and now of the Université Nice Sophia Antipolis; Deborah Parker, of the University of Virginia; Anthony Oldcorn, formerly of Brown University; the late Robert Dombroski, of the Graduate Center at the City University of New York; the late Amilcare Jannucci, of the University of Toronto; and Madison Sowell, formerly of Brigham Young University and now Provost at Southern Virginia University. After his time at Harvard, he taught for a few years at the University of Naples "Federico II."
Dante Della Terza's most important work is focused on Dante Alighieri (he is the founder of the international journal Dante), and on the Italian renaissance (especially Torquato Tasso), but he also wrote extensively on post-World War II Italian literature, culture, and literary criticism. Della Terza is essentially a historicist, but his work often branches into different theoretical perspectives, often addressing the relationship between the text and the reader. Besides literature, Della Terza also wrote about the diaspora of European intellectuals in the United States after World War II.