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Courtney Quaintance

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Assistant Professor of Italian
339 Dartmouth Hall

(603) 646-2319


Ph.D., Romance Languages and Literature, The University of Chicago

M.A., Italian Literature, Middlebury College School in Italy

B.A., Music, DePaul University


Research and Teaching Interests

Professor Quaintance's research and teaching interests center around medieval and early modern Italian literature and culture.  Specific areas of interest include women writers, the figure of the courtesan in early modern Europe, the history of sexuality, Italian literary salon culture, and sixteenth-century Venice (social history, Venetian dialect poetry and drama, Pietro Aretino and his circle).


Selected Publications

"Le feste of Moderata Fonte"  (Critical edition, English translation, and introduction).  In Scenes from Italian Convent Life 1480-1680: An Anthology of Theatrical Texts and Contexts, edited by Elissa B. Weaver.  Ravenna: Longo editor, forthcoming.

"Defaming the Courtesans: Satire and Invective in Sixteenth-Century Italy."  In The Courtesan's Arts: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, edited by Martha Feldman and Bonnie Gordon, 199-208.  Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

"Poems in Terza Rima by Veronica Franco."  In World Literature and Its Times: Profiles of Notable Literary Works and the Historical Events that Influenced Them.  Vol. 7; Italian Literature and Its Times, edited by Joyce Moss, 351-359.  Detroit Gale Group, 2005.


In Progress

Professor Quaintance's current project, a book tentatively entitled, "Gentlemen's Club: Masculinity and Collective Identity in Modern Venice, focuses on the interplay between group identity, masculinity, and the act of writing.  She is also working on an article on the culture of manuscript exchange in sixteenth-century Venetian literary salons.

Last Updated: 8/1/12