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DellaNeva publishes new book on Renaissance literature

Author: Arts and Letters


The fundamental aspects of Renaissance literary production are the subject of a new book edited by JoAnn DellaNeva, associate professor of Romance languages and literatures at the University of Notre Dame. Published by Harvard University Press, “Ciceronian Controversies” is a volume of The I Tatti Renaissance Library.

DellaNeva examines the two major factions of Renaissance writers, those who imitated only Cicero’s Latin prose and those who were inspired by an eclectic array of literary models, with a compilation of previously rare period texts. The book includes letters by Angelo Poliziano, Paolo Cortesi, Pietro Bembo and Celio Calcagnini, among others.

DellaNeva, who earned her doctorate from Princeton University, studies Renaissance literature, with a particular interest in love poetry, Franco-Italian literary relations, women writers, the theory and practice of literary imitation and the phenomenon of European Petrarchism.

A two-time recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Fellowship for College Teachers, DellaNeva was named a faculty fellow by the University’s Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning in 2002. She is the author of numerous journal articles on Renaissance poets and a book on the French poet Maurice Scve, titled “Song and Counter-Song: Scve’s Dlie and Petrarch’s Rime.”

Contact: JoAnn DellaNeva, 574-631-6131,

Originally published by Kyle Chamberlin at on May 03, 2007.