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Valeria Finucci, Professor, Romance Studies; Italian

Valeria Finucci
Contact Info:
Office Location:  219E Language Center
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3119, (919) 660-3100
Email Address: send me a message

Office Hours:

tu, 4:00-6:00 and by appointment

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

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 epic, romance, and theater; women's study, cultural studies, medical and literary understandings of the body, and psychoanalysis.

Areas of Interest:

renaissance literature
epic, prose romance, and tragedy
women's studies
cultural studies
genre studies


Europe • Italy • Renaissance • Literature • Women's studies

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.      

Valeria Finucci received a "Laurea" from the University of Rome and a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her main interests are Renaissance literature, theater, women's study, early modern medicine, and psychoanalysis. She has written on femininity and power in Renaissance discourses, The Lady Vanishes: Subjectivity and Representation in Castiglione and Ariosto (Stanford, 1992) and on issues of masculinity and paternity, The Manly Masquerade: Masculinity, Paternity, and Castration in the Italian Renaissance (Duke, 2003). She is the editor of Renaissance Transactions: Ariosto and Tasso (Duke, 1999); and co-editor of two collections of essays, Desire in the Renaissance: Psychoanalysis and Literature (Princeton, 1994) and Generation and Degeneration (Duke, 2001). She has also published the critical edition of a 16th century Italian chivalric romance, Moderata Fonte's Tredici canti del Floridoro (Mucchi, 1995), and of the only prose romance written by a woman in the Renaissance, Giulia Bigolina's unedited Urania, published first in Italian (Bulzoni, 2002) and then translated into English (with "Giulia Camposampiero" added) as Urania, a Romance (U of Chicago P, January 2005). She is co-editor of the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies and has just edited a special issue of the journal, In the Footsteps of Petrarch (forthcoming 2005).