Professor of Italian , Comparative Literature
Ph.D., The Humanities Center, Johns Hopkins University; B.A. in English, College of William and Mary
Areas of Research/Interest:
Late medieval and early modern Italy and Europe, particularly issues related to gender and religion; history of theatre; literature of 19th-century Sicily; the history and culture of Siena
Renaissance Society of America; Modern Language Association; Villa I Tatti,; Society for the Study of Early Modern Women
Howard R. Marraro Prize for Outstanding Book in Italian Studies; NEH/Newberry Library Fellowship; Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, Award for Best Translation; Folger Shakespeare Library Summer Fellowship; U. of Wisconsin Institute for Research in the Humanities Fellowship; Spenser Society Award for Best Article on Edmund Spenser; Socio corrispondente, Accademia degli Intronati, Siena, 2015-; Robert Lehman Visiting Professor, Villa I Tatti, 2015; Visiting Professor, Yale University, 2015-6; Visiting Professor, La Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, 2012
Siena, City of Secrets (Chicago, 2015)
Early Modern Cultures of Translation (Philadelphia, 2015), co-edited with Karen Newman
The Poetics of Masculinity in Early Modern Italy and Spain (Toronto, 2010), co-edited with Gerry Milligan
The Complete Poems of Gaspara Stampa: The 1554 Edition of the Rime (Chicago, 2010), co-edited with Troy Tower; introduction and translation by Jane Tylus
Reclaiming Catherine of Siena: Literacy, Literature, and the Signs of Others (Chicago, 2009); winner of MLA's Howard R. Marraro Prize, 2010
Medusa's Gaze: Essays on Gender, Literature, and Aesthetics in the Italian Renaissance: In Honor of Robert J. Rodini (co-ed. with Paul Ferrara and Eugenio Giusti), a special edition of Italiana XI, 2005.
The Longman Anthology of World Literature, Volume C, on Early Modern Europe (co-edited with David Damrosch, 2003)
Sacred Narratives: The Poetry of Lucrezia Tornabuoni de'Medici (translated and edited, 2002)
Epic Traditions in the Contemporary World (co-edited with Margaret Beissinger and Susanne Wofford, 1999)
Writing and Vulnerability in the Late Renaissance (1993)
Selected Essays and Book Chapters:
“Naming Sappho: Gaspara Stampa and the Recovery of the Sublime in Early Modern Europe,” In Rethinking Gaspara Stampa in the Canon of Renaissance Poetry, ed. Unn Falkeid and Aileen Feng (Ashgate, 2015), pp. 15-38
“Parole Pellegrine: Il Linguaggio dell’ospitalità nella letteratura italiana rinascimentale,” Annali della Scuola Normale Superiore, 2015
"Geographies of Charity: Women and the Vita mista in Renaissance Italy," Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2014) 44(2): 345-371
“Early Modern Theatre in Motion: The Example of Orpheus,” in Transnational Theatres in Early Modern Europe, ed Robert Henke and Eric Nicholson (Ashgate, 2014): 265-71
Petrarch’s Griselda and the Sense of an Ending,” in Inventing a Path: Studies in Medieval Rhetoric in honour of Mary Carruthers, ed. Laura Iseppi (Nottingham Medieval Studies, 2013), pp. 391-420.
“Writing versus Voice: Tommaso Caffarini and the Production of a Literate Catheirne,” in Catherine of Siena: Creation of a Cult, ed. Jeffrey Hamberger and Gabriel Signori (Brepols, 2013), pp. 291-314.
“On the Threshold of Paradise (Comedia della ninfe fiorentine, or Ameto) in Boccaccio: A Critical Guide to the Complete Works, ed. Victoria Kirkham et al (Chicago, 2013): 133-45.
”Mapping Siena,” Renaissance Studies in Honor of Joseph Connors, ed. Machtelt Israels and Louis Waldman (Harvard, 2013),, pp. 527-33.
“No Untranslatables!” in Dictionary of Untranslatables, ed. Emily Apter et al. (Princeton, 2013): 1153-54
“The Space of Theatrical Labors,” Renaissance Drama 40 (2012): 171-84.
“Imagining Narrative in Tasso: Revisiting Ermina,” MLN (127) 2012: 45-64
“Mystical Literacy: Writing and Religious Women in Late Medieval Italy,” A Companion to Catherine of Siena, Brill, 2012, ed. Carolyn Muessig et al., 155-84
"Imitating Othello," Renaissance Drama, 2010
"Teaching Lucrezia's Tornabuoni's Troublesome Women," in Teaching Early Modern Women, ed. Albert Rabil, U. Of Chicago Press, 2007.
"The Rape of the Sabines and the Origins of Early Modern Theatre," in Theatre Without Borders: Early Modernities, ed. Robert Henke and Eric
Nicholson, Ashgate, 2007
"Cellini, Michelangelo, and the Myth of Inimitability," in Benvenuto Cellini: Sculptor, Goldsmith, Writer, ed. Margeret Gallucci and Paolo Rossi,
Cambridge UP, 2004: pp. 7-26
"Par Accident: The Public Work of Early Modern Theatre", in Reading the Early Modern Passions, ed. Gail Kern Paster, Katherine Rowe, and Mary
Floyd-Wilson, U. Penn Press, 2004, pp. 253-72
"Charitable Women: Hans Baron's Civic Renaissance Revisited," in Rinascimento, Vol. XLIII (2004) pp. 287-307
"Aristotle, Humanism, and Public Space", for Aristotle and the Renaissance, ed. Ullrich Langer, Droz, 2003.
"Gossip and Women in Renaissance Drama," Italian Women/Urban Space, ed. Janet Smarr, U. of Delaware Press, 2002.
"The Work of Local Culture: Interpreting Ancient Pastoral", solicited article for Graven Images, ed. Andrew Weiner, U. of Wisconsin Press, 2002.
"Caterina da Siena and the Legacy of Humanism", in Perspectives on Early Modern and Modern Intellectual History, ed. Joseph Marino and Melinda Schlitt, U. of Rochester Press, 2001: 116-44.
"Theatre's Social Uses: Machiavelli and the Spectacle of Infamy", Renaissance Quarterly, LIII, fall 2000: 656-86.
"Tasso's Trees: Epic and Local Culture," in Epic Traditions in the Contemporary World, U. of California Press, 1999: pp. 108-130.
"Gender (Un)performed: The Advent of the Actress on the Early Modern Stage"; Italian Culture, 1997
"Women at the Windows: Commedia dell'Arte Practices in Early Modern Italy," Theatre Journal, October 1997
"Mystical Enunciations: Mary, the Devil, and Quattrocento Spirituality", Annali d'Italianistica, 1995
"Reasoning Away Colonialism: Tasso and the Production of the Gerusalemme Liberata," South Central Review, 10:2 (1993): 100-14
"Colonizing Peasants: The Rape of the Sabines and Renaissance Theater," Renaissance Drama 23 (1992): 113-38
"The Work in the Marketplace," Bucknell Review, special issue on "Reconfiguring the Renaissance," 1992: 19-31
"Jacobean Poetry and Lyric Disappointment," in Soliciting Interpretation: Literature and Theory in Seventeenth-Century England, ed. K. Maus and E.
Harvey, U. of Chicago Press, 1990, pp. 174-98.
"Veiling the Stage: The Discourse of Innocence in Renaissance Drama," Theatre Journal 41 (March 1989): 16-29.
"Spenser, Virgil, and the Politics of Poetic Labor," English Literary History 55 (spring 1988): 53-77.
"The Curse of Babel: The Orlando Furioso and Epic (Mis)Appropriation," Modern Language Notes 103 (January 1988): 154-71.
"Purloined Passages: Giraldi, Tasso, and the Pastoral Debates," Modern Language Notes 99 (January 1984): 101-24.