MemberSabrina Ferri

Sabrina Ferri is Associate Professor of Italian at the University of Notre Dame. Her research encompasses Italian literature, philosophy, science and visual arts of the so-called “long eighteenth century,” with a focus on the transition to modernity and Italy’s place in transnational contexts. Her work on Giacomo Casanova, Lazzaro Spallanzani, the late eighteenth-century Picturesque, Vittorio Alfieri, Giambattista Vico, and Giacomo Leopardi has appeared in several peer-reviewed journals. Her first book, Ruins Past: Modernity in Italy, 1744-1836, was published in the Voltaire Foundation’s series “Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment” in 2015. Through the analysis of the representation of ruins by Italian writers, scientists, and artists between the mid-eighteenth and early nineteenth century, Ruins Past explores the culture of the period and traces Italy’s uneasy transition into modernity. She is currently working on Giacomo Leopardi and on two long-term projects. The first, Fantasy’s Forge. Brain and the Imagination between Enlightenment and Romanticism, focuses on Italian writers and scientists between the mid-18th and the early 19th century, and seeks to tell the interdisciplinary story of a crucial moment in the history of the imagination, when science, poetry, and philosophy converged to reshape the understanding of this faculty. The second, Revolutionary States and the Ends of Fiction. History, Italy, and the Novel (1799-1967), is a study of the representation of historical change and in particular of political revolutions in novels set in Italy during the late 18th and 19th centuries.

MemberLinda L. Carroll

…roit: Gale, 2007).

Angelo Beolco (Il Ruzante) Boston: Twayne, 1990. 168 pp.; included in “Twayne’s World Authors” (CD-ROM and online versions).

Commerce, Peace and the Arts in Renaissance Venice. Ruzante and the Empire at Center Stage. London: Routledge, 2016.



Sexualities, Textualities, Art and Music in Early Modern Italy. Playing with Boundaries, ed. Melanie L. Marshall, Linda L. Carroll, and Katherine A. McIver. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2014.



Angelo Beolco (Il Ruzante), La prima oratione, edited and translated by
Linda L. Carroll. Modern Humanities Research Association Critical Texts Vol. 16. London: Modern Humanities…

theater and society in Renaissance Italy, especially Venice and the Po Valley

MemberDavid Geoffrey Lummus

David Lummus is the assistant director of the Center for Italian Studies and the Devers Family Program in Dante Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He was previously on the faculty at Yale University and then at Stanford University, where he taught medieval and early modern Italian literature and culture. His publications on Boccaccio, Petrarch, and the Italian fourteenth century have appeared in journals such as Mediaevalia, Speculum, and Renaissance Quarterly as well as in books such as the Cambridge Companion to Boccaccio (2015) and Boccaccio: A Critical Guide to the Complete Works (2013). His monograph, The City of Poetry: Imagining the Civic Role of the Poet in Fourteenth-Century Italy, is under contract with Cambridge University Press and was awarded the 2019 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Publication Award for a Manuscript in Italian Literary Studies by the Modern Language Association (press release). He has co-edited a book with Martin Eisner entitled A Boccaccian Renaissance: Essays on the Early Modern Impact of Giovanni Boccaccio and His Works (University of Notre Dame Press, 2019) and he is the editor of The Decameron Sixth Day in Perspective: Lectura Boccaccii VI, currently under consideration with the University of Toronto Press. He was recently appointed to the editorial board of Dante Studies, the journal of the Dante Society of America, for 2020-2022.

MemberAileen A. Feng

…n the Canon of Renaissance Poetry. Ed. Unn Falkeid & Aileen A. Feng.  Farnham: Ashgate, 2015.  (Now published by Routledge)

Second monograph (in progress):  Feminism’s First Paradox: Female Misogyny and Homosociality in Early Modern Italy

Peer-refereed Articles & Chapters in Scholarly Books
“Editors’ Introduction.” The Poetry of Burchiello (ca. 1404-1449):  Deep-fried Nouns, Hunchbacked Pumpkins, and Other Nonsense.  Trans. and notes by Fabian Alfie and Aileen A. Feng.  Tempe, AZ: ACMRS Press, 2017 .  50% authorship.

“Editors’ Introduction.”  …

Dante Society of America Liaison to the RSA Chair, MLA Executive Forum Committee, LLC Medieval-Renaissance Italian Research specializations: Medieval-Renaissance Italian literature, Petrarch, Petrarchism in Italy and France, neo-Latin humanism, Querelle des femmes, comparative literature (Latin, French, Italian), gender and women’s studies  

MemberFlavio Gregori

I am professor of English literature at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy) where I presently serve as Provost (Vice-rector) for the University cultural activities and relations. I was Director of the Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies, Head of a BA programme in Modern Languages and Cultures, and of a Master programme in European, American and Postcolonial Literatures, and Rector’s Deputy for Cultural and Literary Activities. My prevalent area of research is the eighteenth-century literature and culture in England, but I’m also interested in contemporary literature, comparative literature and reception studies, and the interaction between literature and cinema. I direct the journal English Literature: Theories, Interpretations, Contexts, and a series, “Collana di Letterature Moderne”, produced at Ca’ Foscari. I co-direct the literary festival Incroci di Civiltà – Crossings of Civilizations, held yearly in Venice, for which I interviewed Jeanette Winterson, V.S. Naipaul, Cees Nooteboom, David Grossman, James Ivory, Ian McEwan, and others.