Professor of Italian
Telephone: (203) 392-6753
Office: Engleman Hall D-159
Ph.D., Yale University
Member of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences
Italian Medieval and Renaissance prose and poetry, with emphasis on Boccaccio, Boiardo, Ariosto, and Aretino. Also, Italian modern novel and the links between Italian and Spanish literature.
- "Kings, Hermits, and Lovers: Banquets and Diets in the Decameron." Food and History, Vol. 4. N. 2, Spring 2008.
- "Banquets and Power: The Politics of Gastronomy." Quaderni d'Italianistica, Spring 2006.
- "Food in War: L'Agnese va a morire." Nemla Italian Studies vol. XXV-XXVI, Fall 2005.
- "Finding Her Voice and Returning to the Center: La lunga vita di Marianna Ucr∞a," Rivista di Studi Italiani, Fall 2005.
- "Don Quijote and La vida es sue±o: the Spanish Muse in Italian Literature." Selected Proceedings from the International Symposium: "The Hispanic Connection" Z. Da Silva Ed. (Westport, CT.: Greenwood Press, 2004).
- "Of Courtesan, Knights, Cooks, and Writers: Food in the Renaissance." Modern Language Notes, January 2004.
- "Historical and Mythological Figures." The Dante Encyclopedia, Richard Lansing and Teodolinda Barolini, Editors. New York: Garland, 2000.
- "Homemakers and Partisans: Italian Women and War." Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences. New Haven, January 14, 2009.
- "Ladies and Giants at the Table: Pulci's Morgante." Renaissance Society of America, Chicago, April 2008.
- "Faith and Fantasy, God and Man: Purgatorio XXV and Inferno XXV." Faith and Fantasy in the Early Modern World. Center for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, Toronto, ON. October 2007.
- "Nuns, Pleasure, and Food in Aretino's Dialoghi." Renaissance Society of America, Miami, March 2007.
- "How Italian is Taught Today, How It Will Be Taught Tomorrow." Yale U. October 27-29, 2006.
- "Hermits, Husbands, and Lovers: Moderation and Excesses at the Table in the Decameron." Institut EuropΘen d'histoire et des cultures de l'alimentation, Tours, France, February 2006.
- "Banquets and Power in the Renaissance." Renaissance Society of America, Cambridge, England, April 2005.