The Center for Italian Studies


FALL 2004

The Center for Italian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania cordially invites you to attend our Italian Studies Colloquium series dedicated to presenting Penn faculty research on subjects relating to the literature, art, history, and culture of Italy, past and present.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

In collaboration with the
Department of Classical Studies at Penn

The Latinity of Loss

Shane Butler
Classical Studies
University of Pennsylvania

Reception: 5:30 pm
Talk: 6:00 pm

Cherpack Lounge
543 Williams Hall
University of Pennsylvania

Shane Butler, Assistant Professor of Classical Studies. His principal areas of research and teaching include Latin Literature from antiquity through the Renaissance, the history of writing (including paleography and codicology), the reception of antiquity (a.k.a. "the classical tradition"), and the history and topography of the city of Rome. He received his B.A. in Classical Studies from Duke University, and his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. (2000) in Classical Studies from Columbia University. His first book, The Hand of Cicero (Routledge 2002), examines the relationship between Roman oratory and the written word. He presently is at work on two books: an edition and translation of the letters of the Renaissance humanist Angelo Poliziano for Harvard University Press (The I Tatti Renaissance Library) and Latin Decomposition: Poetry and Plague from Lucretius to Fracastoro.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

The Paper Duchess:
Eleanora de Toledo and the Poets

Victoria Kirkham
Romance Languages
University of Pennsylvania

Reception: 5:30 pm
Talk: 6:00 pm

Golkin Room
223 Houston Hall
University of Pennsylvania

Victoria Kirkham, Professor of Romance Languages Italian literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, interdisciplinary relations between literary and visual traditions, gender studies, cinema. She is the co-author of Diana's Hunt, Caccia di Diana: Boccaccio's First Fiction (1991); the author of The Sign of Reason in Boccaccio's Fiction (1993); and Fabulous Vernacular: Boccaccio's Filocolo and the Art of Medieval Fiction, which won the Modern Language Association of America's Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Publication Award for a Manuscript in Italian Literary Studies for the year 2000. She has published articles on The Divine Comedy and more recently on the poet Laura Battiferra degli Ammannati, a Petrarchist in the family of early modern women writers, on whom she is currently writing a biography. Her edition with translations and commentary of Battiferra's poetry is due to appear in the University of Chicago series "The Other Voice."