Deanna Shemek

TitleProfessor of Literature,
Fellow, Cowell College,
Co-Director, IDEA: Isabella d'Este Archive
DivisionHumanities Division
DepartmentLiterature Department
AffiliationsItalian Studies
Phone831-459-2716 (Office),
831-459-3408 (Staff)
Email
FAX831-459-4880
Web Sitehttp://isabelladeste.ucsc.edu/?page_id=376
OfficeCowell 227
Office HoursSpring 2014: By appointment
Campus Mail StopCowell Academic Services
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
95064
USA
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Research Interests

Renaissance studies (Italy); early modern feminism; humanism and gender culture; Renaissance narrative genres and technologies; early modern popular culture; letter-writing and epistolary culture; early modern literacy and non-canonical producers of writing (women, children, marginalized communities); historical transmission of “ideas of the Renaissance”; Renaissance Italian drama and performance genres; the northern court circles; digital humanities

Biography, Education and Training

I grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska and earned my BA in English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (1981), studying abroad in Bologna Italy in 1978-1979. I earned my MA and PhD in Italian from Johns Hopkins University in 1988 and have taught at the University of Pennsylvania (1986-1988), Yale University (1988-90; 1997), and Stanford University (1996; 2007) as well as at UC Santa Cruz, where I arrived in 1990.

Honors, Awards and Grants

SELECTED GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

UC Irvine Humanities Research Institute Residential Working Group (Convener) (Spring 2013) for: Digital Isabella d'Este: An Open-Access Online Research Forum.

Consortium of UC Humanities Center Directors, California Italian Studies Multi-campus Research Group UCSC Co-investigator (2010).

Teagle Foundation, What is a Reader Grant for Fresh Thinking Working Groups on Big Questions and the Disciplines. Co-principal investigator at UCSC (with Tyrus Miller), in collaboration with investigators at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, and Mills College (2009).

Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Endowment Fund Grant (2002).

Harvard Villa I Tatti Fellowship, Florence, Italy (2001-2002 residency)

Summer Stipend, National Endowment for the Humanities (2001)

American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (1995)

Fulbright Dissertation Fellowship (1985)

Selected Publications

WORKS-IN-PROGRESS:

"Laura Terracina" in Otto donne e un mistero. Edited by Monica Farnetti.

Selected Letters of Isabella d'Este (edition and translation based on archival manuscript sources).

Book manuscript: 'In Continuous Expectation': Isabella d'Este's Epistolary Dominion

PUBLICATIONS: BOOKS

Writing Relations: American Scholars in Italian Archives. Edited by Deanna Shemek and Michael Wyatt, in honor of Armando Petrucci and Franca Nardelli. Florence: Olschki, 2008.

Phaethon's Children: The Este Court and its Culture in Early Modern Italy. Edited by Dennis Looney and Deanna Shemek. Tempe: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies (MRTS), 2005.

Dame erranti. Italian translation of Ladies Errant. Translated by Olivia Guaraldo. Introduction by Adriana Cavarero. Afterword by Christiane Klapisch-Zuber. Mantova, Italy: Edizioni Tre Lune, 2003.

TRANSLATION: Adriana Cavarero, Stately Bodies: Literature, Philosophy, and the Question of Gender. Translated by Robert De Lucca and Deanna Shemek, "Introduction" (1-11) by Deanna Shemek. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2002. Originally published in Italian as Corpo in figure: Filosofia e politica della corporeità (Milan: Feltrinelli, 1995).

Ladies Errant: Wayward Women and Social Order in Early Modern Italy. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 1998.

ESSAYS

"Verse." in Cambridge Companion Guide to the Italian Renaissance. Edited by Michael Wyatt. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming June 2014.

"Doing and Undoing: Boccaccio's Feminism (On Famous Women)," in Boccaccio: A Critical Guide to the Complete Works. Edited by Victoria Kirkham, Michael Sherberg, and Janet Smarr. University of Chicago Press, 2014. 195-204.

"Mendacious Missives: Isabella d'Este's Epistolary Theater" in Writing Relations: American Scholars in Italian Archives. Edited by Deanna Shemek and Michael Wyatt, in honor of Armando Petrucci and Franca Nardelli. Florence: Olschki, 2008. 71-86.

"'Mi mostrano a dito tutti quanti': Disease, Deixis, and Disfiguration in the Lamento di una cortigiana ferrarese." Italiana 2005.

"In Continuous Expectation: Isabella d'Este's Epistolary Desire" in Phaethon's Children: The Este Court and its Culture in Early Modern Italy, eds. Dennis Looney and Deanna Shemek. Tempe: Medieval and Renaissance Text and Studies, 2005.

"The Collector's Cabinet: Lodovico Domenichi's Gallery of Women" in Strong Voices, Weak Histories. Edited by Pamela Joseph Benson and Victoria Kirkham. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2005.

"«Ci Ci» and «Pa Pa»: Script, Mimicry, and Mediation in Isabella d`Este's Letters." Rinascimento: Rivista dell'Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento, Seconda serie, Vol. 43 (2005), 75-91.

"Isabella d'Este and the Properties of Persuasion" in Form and Persuasion in Early Modern Women's Letters Across Europe. Edited by Ann Crabb and Jane Couchman. Brookfield VT: Ashgate, 2005. 108-35.

"Aretino's Marescalco: Marriage Woes and the Duke of Mantua." Art and Culture in Renaissance Mantua. Renaissance Studies 16/3 (2002) 366-80.

"Books at Banquet: Commodities, Canon, and Culture in Giulio Cesare Croce's Convito universale." Annali d`Italianistica 16 (1998): 85-101.

"Dall'insulto verbale all'oltraggio fisico: I racconti di Isabella de Luna del Bandello." In La rappresentazione dell'altro nei testi del Rinascimento, ed. Sergio Zatti, 77-95. Lucca, Italy: Pacini Fazzi, 1998.

"Circular Definitions: Configuring Gender in Italian Renaissance Festival." Renaissance Quarterly 48.1 (1995): 1-40.

"Of Women, Knights, Arms, and Love: The Orlando Furioso and Ariosto's Querelle des Femmes." MLN 104.1 (1989): 68-97.

Teaching Interests

I am interested in the development of narrative forms, from the epic and the early tale or novella through the romance tradition and into contemporary fiction. I also study certain popular literary forms such as the letter, the pamphlet, and the ballad in Italian. Writings of Italy's sixteenth century are my particular interest, including narrative, lyric and dramatic forms; the dialogue, the theoretical tract. Literature written by women and other marginal figures to Renaissance high culture is a frequent focus of my research. Though my orientation is strongly literary, my research and teaching lies at a crossroads between literary, historical, art historical, and political materials. My theoretical interests include ancient and modern theories of literary and visual representation; psychoanalytical, historicist, and historical materialist methodologies; theories of sexuality and desire; and feminism. I have recently embarked on a digital humanities project aimed at preservation, access, and creative study of the European Renaissance.

Courses Taught

Undergraduate courses taught on Boccaccio, N. Machiavelli, Italian Renaissance Survey, Early Modern Italian Comedy, Renaissance Versions of Gender, Frame Tale Fictions, Radical Italy: Francis of Assisi to Dario Fo; Italian opera as drama
Graduate Courses taught on Ariosto, Italian Epic and Romance, Femininity in the Italian Renaissance, Early Modern Italian Women Writers, Antonio Gramsci; Epistolarity and letter writing culture

Advisees, Post Docs, Graduate Students, Researchers

NameE-Mail AddressPhone Number
Ariane N Helou831-459-2258 (Office)