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Paola De Santo

Paola De Santo
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Assistant Professor of Italian

Ph.D. Harvard University (2014)


The literature and culture of early modern Italy, particularly the emergence of the body in literary discourse; gender; the formation of cultural subjects;  the interactions and transactions between Europe and the East. 

Secondary interests center on Italian colonialism and contemporary Italian culture as they pertain to national identity formation; aesthetic rendering of the body; discussions of race and gender;  negotiations of "italianità". 



(Ne) habeas corpusThe Body and the Body Politic in the Figures of the Ambassador and the Courtesan in Renaissance Italy, is a book-length project that studies comparatively two key figures of the Italian Renaissance ­–the ambassador and the courtesan– in order to examine the formation of cultural subjects at the intersection of political and literary discourse. Series: The Early Modern Exchange. University of Delaware Press, Under contract.

Critical Edition and Translation: 

Isabella Andreini, Letters, ed. and trans. Paola De Santo and Caterina Mongiat Farina. The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe. Iter Press of the University of Toronto, Forthcoming. Fall 2023

«Un uso non raro»: Rape, Rhetoric and Silence in Sibilla Aleramo’s Una donna".  Italica


Italian language critical edition: 

Isabella Andreini, Lettere, ed. Caterina Mongiat Farina and Paola De Santo. Women and Gender in Italy (1500-1900)/Donne e gender in Italia (1500-1900), Classiques Garnier. Under contract. 


"Lingua interrupta:  Language, Race and Geography Between the Lines of the Rivista Coloniale".  (under revision)

"Church, State and Lepanto:  (Re)collecting the Battle of Lepanto in Pisa's Chiesa Nazionale dei Cavalieri di Santo Stefano".  (In progress)

"Ars amatoria et politica:  The Triumph of Tasso's Armida" (In progress)

Research Interests:

Early modern Italy, Italian colonialism, Gender Studies

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