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Monica Calabritto <email@example.com>
Hunter College, CUNY
My current research deals with the representation and perception of madness and deviance in early modern Italy. My approach to madness is multidisciplinary, as I analyze the notion of madness and its manifestations through medical and literary texts, and legal and social documents of the period.
Emblem studies is another field that interests me deeply, especially if linked to issues of authorship and gender.
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New York, New York 10065
|List Affiliations:||Review Editor for H-Italy
|Interests:||History of Science, Medicine, and Technology
Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Renaissance Studies, Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York, 2001.
M.Phil., M.A. Comparative Literature, GSUC, CUNY. May 1998, October 1996.
Italian laurea degree with honors in Classical Literature, Università degli Studi di Pisa (Italy) 1991.
Introduction to the English translation of Tomaso Garzoni’s L’hospedale de’ pazzi incurabili by Daniela Pastina and John Crayton. MRTS (Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies). Forthcoming.
“A Case of Melancholic Humors and Dilucida Intervalla.” Intellectual History Review, 18:1 (March 2008) 139-154 (also available online http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=1749-6977&volume=18&issue=1&spage=139)
“Women’s Imprese in Girolamo Ruscelli’s Le imprese illustri (1566)” in The Italian Emblem: a Collection of Essays. Edited by Donato Mansueto in collaboration with Elena Laura Calogero (Glasgow: Glasgow Emblem Studies, 2007).
“Medicina practica, consilia and the illnesses of the head in Girolamo Mercuriale and Giulio Cesare Claudini. Similarities and differences of the Sexes.” Medicina e storia, Vol 11 (October 2006) 63-83.
“Garzoni’s L’ hospedale de’ pazzi incurabili and the Ambiguous Relation between Word and Image in Sixteenth-Century Impresa.” Emblematica. Vol. 13 (2003): 97-130.
“Medical and Moral Dimensions of Feminine Madness: Madwomen in the Renaissance.” Forum Italicum. Vol. 36 (Spring 2002): 26-51.
The madness of Paolo Barbieri of Bologna: a comparison of social, legal and medical perspectives. Book project. In progress.
Emblems of Death in the Early modern Period. Edited by Monica Calabritto and Peter M. Daly. (Publication by AMS Press, 2009). In progress.
“Literary and medical quotations in sixteenth-century treatises of medicina practica and theorica” in Citation, Intertextuality, and Memory in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries edited by Yolanda Plumley and Stefano Jossa; introduction by Lina Bolzoni. (Publication by University of Exeter Press, 2009). In progress.
“Tasso’s letter to Mercuriale (1583): melancholy between medicine and magic.” In Diseases of the Imagination and Imaginary Disease in the Early Modern Period. Edited by Yasmin Haskell (Publication by Brepols 2009). Essay in progress.
"Disorder, Violence and Madness in Sixteenth-Century Chronicles of Ferrara and Bologna”. In progress.
Dale, Sharon, Alison WIlliams Lewin, Duane J. Osheim, eds. Chroniclers and Historians in Medieval and Renaissance Italy. University Park, PA: Penn State Press, 2007. Renaissance Quarterly, forthcoming.
Cascione, Giuseppe. Iconocrazia: Comunicazione e politica nell'Europa di Carlo V. Dipinti, emblemi e monete. Milan: Edizioni Ennerre, 2006. Emblematica, forthcoming.
Zatti, Sergio. The Quest for Epic From Ariosto to Tasso. The University of Toronto Press, 2006. Renaissance Quarterly. Vol. 60:2 (Summer 2007): 511-512.
Carol Thomas Neely. Distracted Subjects. Madness and Gender in Shakespeare and Early Modern Culture; Ken Jackson. Separate Theaters. Bethlem (“Bedlam”) Hospital and the Shakespearean Stage. Dual Book Review Shakespeare Quarterly. Vol 56:4 (Winter 2005): 484-87.
Finucci, Valeria. The Manly Masquerade: Masculinity, Paternity, and Catration in the Italian Renaissance; Vignali, Antonio. La Cazzaria. The Book of the Prick. Edited and translated by Moulton. Dual Book Review, Renaissance Quarterly. Vol. 57:3 (Fall 2004): 975-78.
Beecher, Donald, Massimo Ciavolella, Roberto Fedi, eds. Ariosto Today. Contemporary Perspectives. Toronto: Buffalo: London: University of Toronto Press, 2003. Book Review, Quaderni d’Italianistica. Vol. 24:2 (2003): 112-114.
Micaela Rinaldi. Torquato Tasso e Francesco Patrizi. Tra polemiche letterarie e incontri intellettuali. Ravenna: Longo Ed., 2001. Book review, Renaissance Quarterly. Vol. 56:2 (Spring 2003): 170-171.
Rozsnyói, Zsuzanna. Dopo Ariosto. Tecniche narrative e discursive nei poemi ariosteschi. Ravenna: Longo Editore. Book Review, Quaderni d’italianistica. Vol. 21:2 (2000): 155-157.
Conference papers and lectures:
“Five Chronicles of Paolo’s Madness.” Paper to be presented at the Renaissance Society of America Conference, Chicago, April 3-5, 2008.
“Madness in the archives: a manuscript unpublished medical consilium by Girolamo Mercuriale, Gaspare Tagliacozzi and Ludovico Lodi on a case of ‘melancholic humors’.” International conference on Girolamo Mercuriale, Forlì, November 8-11, 2006.
“Garzoni's L' Hospedale de'pazzi incurabili. The different faces of madness". Lecture, University of Exeter, November 7, 2006.
“Girolamo Mercuriale’s consilium on ‘melancholic humors’ between medical and legal traditions.” International conference “Humanism and Medicine in the Early Modern Era” Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Western Australia, Perth, 22-23 September 2006.
“Violence and Madness in Early Modern Italian Chronicles.” Lecture, the Graduate Center, CUNY, May 11, 2006.
“The madness of Paolo Barbieri of Bologna: comparing city chronicles, medical consilia, and criminal trials” Renaissance Society of America, Cambridge, UK, April 7-9 2005.
“Doctors, chroniclers and nuns: Official and ‘popular’ visions of madness in Sixteenth- Century Italy.” Giornata di Studio: New Work in the history of science and medicine. Villa I Tatti, Florence, February 8, 2005.
“Stories of Madness in Sixteenth-Century Italian Chronicles.” Symposium on Themes in Renaissance History and History of Art, University of Warwick in Venice, Venice, November 30/December 1 2004.
“Ariosto's Erbolato and the distillation of medical tradition.” American Association of Italian Studies. Ottawa, Canada, April 29-May 2 2004.
"Popular perceptions of Madness: A Study of the City Chronicles of Bolgna, Ferrara and Venice." Lecture, Simpson Center for the Humanities, Science Studies Series. University of Washington, April 27, 2004.
“Sixteenth-century imprese for and by women: Scipione Bargagli’s Dell’imprese and Girolamo Ruscelli’s Le imprese illustri.” VI International Emblem Conference, Society for Emblem Studies, A Coruña, Spain, September 10-14, 2002.
“Whose Madness and According to Whom? Theoretical and Practical Perspectives on the Notion of ‘pazzia’ in Early Modern Italy." Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science Conference, New Orleans, February 22-23, 2002.
“Garzoni’s L’ hospedale de’ pazzi incurabili and the ambiguous relation between word and image in sixteenth-century impresa.” Renaissance Society of America Conference, Chicago, 29-31 March 2001.
Grants and fellowships:
Mellon Humanities Fellowship, The Center for the Humanities, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2007-2008.
Fellow, Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, 2004-2005
Membership in professional societies:
Member, HSS Spring 2000-present
Society for Emblem Studies Fall 2002-present
Member, MLA Fall 1996-present
Member, RSA Fall 1995-present
Emblem Studies RSA representative 2006-2009
Member of the Advisory Board, Renaissance Quarterly 2006-2009
I taught graduate/undergraduate courses on
the representation of love madness as illness and excess of passion in sixteenth-century Italian literature,
Petrarch and Petrarchism in Europe,
history of Italian literary criticism from Tasso to Eco,
history of Italian literature from the origins to the twentieth century,
Italian Renaissance comedy,
Italian literature and cinema,
Italian American women writers and artists,
melancholy from antiquity to the early modern period.