My research focuses on Renaissance and early modern literature and culture, particularly the macaronic, pastoral and lyric genres, as well as comedy, heroic and mock-heroic poetry. My interests include literary memory and genealogy, comedy as a shaping force of the Italian literary tradition, the relationship between 'high' literature and popular culture, and the interplay of philology and criticism.

Research areas:

  • Renaissance and early modern literature and culture, with emphases on humanism, epic, comedy, macaronic and pastoral.

Research Interests

  • second language acquisition; foreign language pedagogy; computer-assisted language learning; French phonetics


  • Italy
  • Literature
  • Renaissance
European Studies, Italian, French
PhD, Yale University, Italian, 1998
Laurea, Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy, 1990