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Golden Fruit: A Cultural History of Oranges in Italy
Golden Fruit: A Cultural History of Oranges in Italy
By Cristina Mazzoni

Through close readings of key texts, including spiritual writings, fairy tales, and a botanical treatise, Golden Fruit examines the role of oranges in Italian culture from their introduction during the medieval period through to the present day.

Available May 2018
Moral Combat: Women, Gender, and War in Italian Renaissance Literature
Moral Combat: Women, Gender, and War in Italian Renaissance Literature
By Gerry Milligan

Moral Combat explores dozens of primary texts to ask why women’s militarism became one of the central discourses of sixteenth-century Italy.

Available Apr 2018
Measured Words: Computation and Writing in Renaissance Italy
Measured Words: Computation and Writing in Renaissance Italy
By Arielle Saiber

Measured Words investigates the rich commerce between computation and writing that proliferated in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Italy.

Available Dec 2017
The Story-Takers: Public Pedagogy, Transitional Justice, and Italy's Non-Violent Protest against the Mafia
The Story-Takers: Public Pedagogy, Transitional Justice, and Italy's Non-Violent Protest against the Mafia
By Paula M. Salvio

The Story-Takers charts new territory in public pedagogy through an exploration of the multiple forms of communal protests against the mafia in Sicily.

Available Dec 2017
Those Who from Afar Look Like Flies: An Anthology of Italian Poetry from Pasolini to the Present, Tome 1, 1956-1975
Those Who from Afar Look Like Flies: An Anthology of Italian Poetry from Pasolini to the Present, Tome 1, 1956-1975

Edited by Luigi Ballerini and Beppe Cavatorta
Foreword by Marjorie Perloff

Those Who from Afar Look Like Flies is an anthology of poems and essays that aims to provide an organic profile of the evolution of Italian poetry after World War II.
Published Jul 2017
A Croce Reader: Aesthetics, Philosophy, History, and Literary Criticism
A Croce Reader: Aesthetics, Philosophy, History, and Literary Criticism
Edited and Translated by Massimo Verdicchio

A Croce Reader brings together the author’s most important works across the fields of aesthetics, philosophy, history, literary criticism, and the Baroque and presents the “other” Croce that has been erased by scholarly tradition, including by Croce himself.

Published Apr 2017
Selected Poems and Prose
Selected Poems and Prose
By Guittone d’Arezzo
Selected, Translated and with an Introduction by Antonello Borra

The poems and prose included in this volume are emblematic of the two phases of Guittone’s career: he first achieved fame as a secular love poet but following his conversion in the 1260s he became a renowned religious poet

Published Feb 2017
The Italian Antimafia, New Media, and the Culture of Legality
The Italian Antimafia, New Media, and the Culture of Legality
Edited by Robin Pickering-Iazzi

The Italian Antimafia, New Media, and the Culture of Legality is the first book to examine the online battles between the mafia and its growing cohort of opponents.

Published Feb 2017
Primo Levi and the Identity of a Survivor
Primo Levi and the Identity of a Survivor
By Nancy Harrowitz

In Primo Levi and the Identity of a Survivor, Nancy Harrowitz examines the complex role that Levi’s cultural identity played in his choices of how to portray his survival, as well as his exposition of topics such as bystander complicity.

Published Dec 2016
Writing Beloveds: Humanist Petrarchism and the Politics of Gender
Writing Beloveds: Humanist Petrarchism and the Politics of Gender
By Aileen A. Feng

Covering a period from the late-fourteenth to mid-sixteenth century, Aileen A. Feng’s engagingly written work identifies and analyzes a Latin humanist precursor to the poetic movement known as Renaissance Petrarchism.

Published Dec 2016