- Professor of English
- William Josesph Todd Professor of the Italian Renaissance
- HUO 225
- PhD, Harvard University, 1987
Areas of Specialization
- English and Italian Renaissance, Shakespeare
Recently Taught Courses
- The Renaissance
- Classic Hollywood Films
- Themes in Literature
- Cavell and Percy
- William Joseph Todd Chair of the Italian Renaissance, USC, 2008-present.
- Fulbright Lecturer, University of Lisbon, 2005.
- Klingenstein Fellow, Columbia University, 1983-4.
Current Research Projects
I am currently doing a translation of Il libro del cortegiano by Baldassar Castiglione, which is under contract with Hackett Publishing. I also have a number of essays under way on Stanley Cavell and on Italian and English Renaissance literature.
- The Genesis of Tasso's Narrative Theory: Translations of the Early Poetics and a Comparative Study of Their Significance (Detroi Wayne State University Press, 1993).
- Stanley Cavell's American Dream: Shakespeare, Philosophy, and Hollywood Movies (New York: Fordham University Press, 2006).
- Edition of William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, Cengage. (Forthcoming)
Essays and Articles
- "On Cavell on Shakespear Losing Mamillius, Finding Perdita," Stanley Cavell and Literary Studies: Consequences of Skepticism eds. Eldridge and Rhie (New York: Continuum). (Forthcoming)
- "Emersonian Affinities: Reading Richard Ford through Stanley Cavell," Stanley Cavell and the Idea of America eds. Taylor and Spinks (New York: Fordham UP). (Forthcoming)
- "The Cavellian Turn in American Transcendental Thinking," The Oxford Handbook of Transcendentalism eds. Myerson and Walls (New York: Oxford UP). (Forthcoming)
- "Beyond Adaptation: Stoicism, Transcendence, and Movie-going in Percy and Cavell," Analecta Husserliana 96 (Dordech Springer, 2008), 199-209.
- "Under Any Moon? Melancholy, Skepticism, and Modernity in Shakespeare," Rubrica's Shakespeare Studies, ed. Irina S. Prikhod'ko (Moscow: Polygraph-Inform, 2006), 66-72.
- "On Cheney on Spenser's Ariosto," Connotations 15.1-3 (2005-6), 91-6.
- "Home Movies and Personal Documantaries: An Interview with Ross McElwee," Cineaste 29.3 (Summer 2004), 6-12.
- "Paradise Lost as Biblical Interpretation," The Idea of Biblical Interpretation, eds. H. Najman et al. (Leiden: Brill, 2004), 485-512.
- "Continental Influences," The Blackwell Companion to Renaissance English Drama, ed. Arthur Kinney (Oxford: Blackwell, 2002), 433-45.
- "King Lear in Their Time: On Bloom and Cavell on Shakespeare," Harold Bloom's Shakespeare, eds. C. Desmet and R. Sawyer (New York: Palgrave, 2001), 227-46.
- "Stanley Cavell: An American Philosopher at the Movies," DoubleTake 7.2 (Spring 2001), 115-119.
- "Shakespeare's Ariostan Skepticism," Shakespeare Yearbook X (1999), 359-73.
- "Chi non conosce Torquato Tasso? Genere e rinomanza nella Faerie Queene VI," Torquato Tasso e la civiltà estense ed. G. Venturi (Ferrara, 1999), 1:163-173.
- "Romancing the Pop Tasso's Narrative Theory and Milton's Demonization of a Genre" in All in All: Unity, Diversity, and the Miltonic Perspective, eds. C. W. Durham and K. P. McColgan (Cranbury, NJ: Susquehanna UP, 1999), 128-37.
- "Renewing the Renaissance and Its Literature," The World and I 13.12 (1998), 323-37.
- "Romanzare sul Papa: La teoria narrativa del Tasso e la demonizzazione miltoniana di un genere," in Torquato Tasso e l'Europa ed. Daniele Rota (Bergamo: Centro Studi Tassiani, 1996), 49-59.
- "Ariosto Moralisé: Political Decorum in Spenser's Imitations of Orlando furioso," Annali d'italianistica 12 (1994), 143-57.
- "Romancing the Word: Italian Echoes and English Contexts in the Errour Episode," Spenser Studies XI (1994), 101-109.
- "Agons of Interpretation: Ariostan Source and Elizabethan Meaning in Spenser, Harington, and Shakespeare," Ren. Drama n.s. 24 (1993), 171-88.
- "Romancing Eliza: The Political Decorum of Ariostan Imitation in The Faerie Queene," Renaissance Papers 1993, 31-39.
- "Young Tasso's Reckoning with the Orlando furioso" in Reconsidering the Renaissance, ed. M. di Cesare (Binghamton: MRTS, 1992), 271-86.
- "After the Middle Ages: Prophetic Authority and Human Fallibility in Renaissance Epic" in Poetry and Prophecy: The Beginnings of a Literary Tradition, ed. James Kugel (Cornell UP, 1990), 163-84, 244-6.
- "From Aristotle to Allegory: Young Tasso's Evolving Vision of the Gerusalemme liberata," Italica 65.2 (Summer, 1988), 111-30.
- "Tasso's First Discourse on the Art of Poetry as a Guide to the Gerusalemme liberata," Journal of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association 7 (1986), 65-81.
- "Shakespeare Italianate: Skeptical Crises in Three Kinds of Play," Tucci Lecture in Italian Culture, University of Pittsburgh, October 2009.
- "The Cavellian Turn in American Transcendental Thinking," American Literature Association, Boston, May 2009.
- "On Cavell on Shakespeare: Losing Mamillius, Finding Perdita," Invited Lecture, Symposium on Shakespeare and the History of Philosophy, Newberry Library, Chicago, March 2009.
- "Hamlet and the End of Melancholy," International Shakespeare Conference, Stratford, England, August 2006.
- "Reading Cavell Reading The Winter's Tale," Conference on Shakespeare and Philosophy, Budapest, March 2004.
- "Chi non conosce Torquato Tasso? Genere e rinomanza nella Faerie Queene VI" (Invited Paper), Internat'l Tasso Conference, Instituto per studi rinascimentali, Ferrara (Italy), December, 1995.
- "Romanzare sul Papa: La teoria narrativa del Tasso e la demonizzazione miltoniana di un genere" (Invited Paper), Internat'l Tasso Conference, Centro Studi Tassiani, Bergamo (Italy), May, 1995.