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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

Teaching (Fall 2017):

  • ITALIAN 190FS.01, FOCUS TOPICS: ITAL LIT & CULT Synopsis
    Languages 208, TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
    (also cross-listed as MEDREN 190FS.01)
  • FOCUS 195FS.05, SPECIAL TOPICS IN FOCUS Synopsis
    FreemanCtr 001, Tu 06:00 PM-07:30 PM
  • ITALIAN 590S-1.01, RENAISSANCE STUDIES (TOP) Synopsis
    Languages 312, Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
    (also cross-listed as HISTORY 590S.01, LIT 590S.01, MEDREN 690S-2.01, ROMST 590S.01)
Office Hours:

tu, 4:00-6:00 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 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
psychoanalisis
genre studies

Keywords:

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 (January 2015), 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 [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: 232pp), 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 (Winter 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 (Fall 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).