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Valeria Finucci

Charles Speroni Chair Visiting Professor, Winter 2017

Valeria Finucci (Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) is Professor of Romance Studies at Duke University and the 2016-2017 Charles Speroni Endowed Chair at the Department of Italian at the University of California, Los Angeles.  Her principal field of research is Renaissance theater, epic, romance, and treatise; women writers, medical and literary understandings of the body, Venetian culture, Renaissance fashion, medicine in early modern Italy, New World’s pharmacy, and psychoanalysis.  She is the recipient of numerous awards, most notably the National Humanities Center Fellowship (2013, 2009), the National Endowment for the Humanities (1999), and an RSA Research Grant from the Renaissance Society of America.  Finucci is the author of The Prince’s Body: Vincenzo Gonzaga and Renaissance Medicine (Harvard University Press, 2012), The Manly Masquerade: Masculinity, Paternity, and Castration in the Italian Renaissance (Duke University Press, 2003), and The Lady Vanishes: Subjectivity and Representation in Castiglione and Ariosto (Stanford University Press, 1992).  Her recent journal articles include “The Lady Anatomist: The Life and Work of Anna Morandi Manzolini” (2014), “The Virgins Body and Early Modern Surgeons” (2011), “La Italia de los ltimos aos del siglo XVI en el lbum ilustrado de estudiantes extranjero” (2010).  Finucci will be in residence at UCLA during winter quarter of 2017.