Italian: Medieval studies, Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch, medieval chronicles, historiography, gender studies
Sumptuous Literature: Clothing, Gender and Governance in Fourteenth-Century Italy, my current book project, explores the idea of a "sumptuary ethic" (like the laws that regulated clothing and displays of wealth) in the thematic treatments of luxurious dress and extravagant spending that can be found in the works of Italy’s “three crowns” of literature: Dante, Boccaccio, and Petrarch, as well as other poets and chroniclers of the period. In order to maintain social order, sumptuary legislation and ecclesiastical admonitions targeted various displays of luxury: excessive spending on clothing, jewelry, and rituals, such as funereal practices and exorbitant wedding dowries. Sumptuous clothing, a visual language of its own that signified status, became an essential part of a poetic language that addressed politics, gender and civic identity.
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Reviewed in: Choice (May 2015) 52: 9; Renaissance Quarterly 69:1 (Spring 2016): 360-362; Modern Language Review 111:2 (April 2016): 558-559; Heliotropia 12-13 (2015-16): 373-77; Nuova informazione bibliografica 2 (April-June 2016): 379-390; Annali d’italianistica 34 (2016): 552-53; Studi sul Boccaccio XLIV (2016): 432-35; Speculum 92:3 (July 2017): 873-75.
Reviewed in: Renaissance Quarterly 70:1 (Spring 2017):372-73; Italian Culture 35:1 (2017): 53-4; The Medieval Review (2/12/16)
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Thesis Advisor and Reader (at Mason)