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Valeria Finucci, Professor of Romance Studies and Theater Studies

Valeria Finucci

Renaissance theater, epic, romance, and treatise; women writers, medical and literary understandings of the body, Venetian culture, Renaissance fashion, medicine in early modern Italy, New World's pharmacy, and psychoanalysis.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  219E Language Center, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3119
Email Address: send me a message

Office Hours:

Mondays: 2:45-3:45 and by appointment.
Education:

Ph.D.University of Illinois -- Urbana-Champaign1983
PhD in Comparative LiteratureUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign1983
MA in Comparative LiteratureUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign1977
Advanced CertificateMount Hoyoke College1976
Laurea in Modern Languages and Literature, summa cum laude,University of Rome1974
Specialties:

Italian
Early Modern
Gender Studies, Feminism, Women Studies, Queer Studies
Psychoanalysis, Psychology
Performance Studies
Comparative Studies: Translation, Travel Narratives, Trans-Culturality
Sciences, Technologies
Research Interests:

Renaissance theater, epic, romance, and treatise; women writers, medical and literary understandings of the body, Venetian culture, Renaissance fashion, medicine in early modern Italy, New World's pharmacy, and psychoanalysis.

Areas of Interest:

Renaissance literature (theater, epic, romance, novella, treatise)
Venetian Culture and Early Modern University Life
Fashion and Self-Representation in the Renaissance
Women's Studies
Cultural and Material Studies
Early Modern Medical and Pharmaceutical Culture
Psychoanalisis

Current Ph.D. Students  

  • Laura Martell (Duke, Italian)  
  • April Weintritt (UNC Romance Studies)  
  • Tessa Gurney (UNC, Romance Studies)  
  • Danila Cannamela (UNC, Romance Languages) graduated  
  • Brandon Essary (UNC, Romance Languages, graduated 2012)  
  • Jennifer Kosmin (UNC, History) graduated  
  • Layla Aldousany (Duke, English)  
  • Teresa Moore (Duke, Italian and French)  
  • Sean Parrish (Duke, History) graduated  
  • Martin Repinetz (Duke, Italian and Spanish) graduated  
  • Julie Singer (Duke, Italian and French, graduated)  
  • Maria Park (Duke, French, graduated)  
  • Christine Ristaino (UNC, Romance Languages, graduated)  
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Finucci, V, The Prince’s Body: Vincenzo Gonzaga and Renaissance Medicine (2012), Harvard University Press, ca. 300pp.
  2. Finucci, V, Thinking through death: The politics of the corpse, edited by Valeria Finucci, Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, vol. 45 no. 1 (January, 2015), pp. 1-6, Duke University Press [doi]
  3. Finucci, V, Celinda, A Tragedy by Valeria Miani (2010), pp. 415pp-415pp, Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies (Bilingual edition.)
  4. Finucci, V; Bonati, MR, Mores Italiae: Costume and Life in the Renaissance // Costumi e scene di vita del Rinascimento (Yale University, Beinecke Library, MS 457) (2007), Bilingual Edition (English/Italian). Padua: Biblos: 232pp
  5. Finucci, V; ed,, Mapping the Mediterranean, A Special Issue of the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, vol. 37 no. 1 (2007)
  6. Finucci, V; ed,, Floridoro, a Chivalric Romance by Moderata Fonte (2006), University of Chicago Press: 493pp
  7. Finucci, V; ed,, Petrarca, canoni, esemplarit (2006), Rome: Bulzoni Editore: 361pp
  8. Finucci, V; ed, ; trans,, Urania by Giulia Bigolina (2005), University of Chicago Press: 192pp
  9. Finucci, V; ed,, In the Footsteps of Petrarch: Literature, Art, Music, Culture, A Special Issue of the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, vol. 35 no. 3 (2005)
  10. Finucci, V, The Manly Masquerade: Masculinity, Paternity, and Castration in the Italian Renaissance (2003), Duke University Press: 321pp
  11. Finucci, V; ed,, Urania di Giulia Bigolina (ca. 1554) (2002), Rome: Bulzoni Editore: 198pp
  12. V. Finucci and K. Brownlee, eds, Generation and Degeneration: Tropes of Reproduction in Literature and History from Antiquity to Early Modern Europe (2001), Duke University Press: 327pp
  13. Finucci, V; ed,, Renaissance Transactions: Ariosto and Tasso (1999), Duke University Press: 328pp
  14. Finucci, V; ed,, Tredici canti del Floridoro di Moderata Fonte (1581) (1995), Modena: Mucchi: 232pp
  15. Finucci, V; Schwartz, R, Desire in the Renaissance: Psychoanalysis and Literature (1994), Princeton University Press: 277pp
  16. Finucci, V, The Lady Vanishes: Subjectivity and Representation in Castiglione and Ariosto (1992), Stanford University Press: 329pp
Selected Grant Support

  • National Humanities Center Fellowship.      
  • Center for New World Comparative Studies Fellowship, John Carter Brown Library, Brown University.      
  • Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation for Research in Venice.      
  • Fellowship, Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University.      
  • Research Grant, Harvard University/Villa I Tatti.      
  • Trent Foundation Grant.      
  • Trent Foundation Grant to organize a symposium at Duke in 2011.      
Conferences Organized

  • Symposium "Vesalius and the Languages of Anatomy", September 18, 2015, Duke University  
  • Exhibit, "The Languages of Anatomy: From Vesalius to the Digital Age", Co-organizer, Rubenstein Library and History of Medicine Library, August-November 2015, Duke University  
  • Symposium on “The Mediterranean Diet: Premodern Food Fashioning", March 2014, Duke University  
  • Symposium on "Thinking Through Death: Corpses and Mortality Strategies in Medieval and Early Modern Europe". September 11, 2012, Symposium on "Thinking Through Death: Corpses and Mortality Strategies in Medieval and Early Modern Europe", October 19, 2012, Duke University  
  • Symposium on "Holy Relics and Cursed Bodies: The Politics of the Corpse". August 7, 2012, Symposium on "Holy Relics and Cursed Bodies: The Politics of the Corpse", April 6, 2012, Duke University  
  • Organizer of Series "Crossings: Navigating Cultures in the Medieval and Early Modern Period". January 17, 2011, Organizer of Series "Crossings: Navigating Cultures in the Medieval and Early Modern Period", Duke University  
  • Symposium on "Animated Anatomies: The Human Body from the 16th through the 21st Centuries," Duke University. September 23, 2010, Symposium on "Animated Anatomies: The Human Body from the 16th through the 21st Centuries," Duke University, April 18, 2011, Duke University  
  • Co-Organizer, Perkins Library and History of Medicine Library, Duke University : Exhibit, "Animated Anatomies". May 14, 2010, Co-Organizer, Perkins Library and History of Medicine Library, Duke University : Exhibit, "Animated Anatomies", April 11-July 18, 2011, Duke University  
  • Co-Organizer : Symposium "L'occhio del viaggiatore: Costumi e scene di vita nell'Italia del Rinascimento". May 14, 2010, Co-Organizer : Symposium "L'occhio del viaggiatore: Costumi e scene di vita nell'Italia del Rinascimento", May 2008, University of Padua, Italy  
  • Organizer of Symposium : Symposium "In the Footsteps of Petrarch: Poetry, Music, Art, Culture". May 1, 2008, Organizer of Symposium : Symposium "In the Footsteps of Petrarch: Poetry, Music, Art, Culture", April 2014, Duke University  

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