Italian Perspectives

Legenda book series

Italian Perspectives publishes books and collections of essays on any aspect and period of Italian literature, language, history, culture, politics, art, and media, as well as studies which take an interdisciplinary approach and are methodologically innovative. At a time of growing academic interest, the series aims to bring together different scholarly perspectives on Italy and its culture.

Proposals. For details of how to propose Legenda books, see this link.

Review copies. Journals wishing to review books in this series should please contact legenda@mhra.org.uk to request copies.

Subvention. Authors in this series are not required to raise any subsidy or subvention, but are responsible in the usual way if any rights fees arise from illustrations or other copyright material included.

History. Italian Perspectives is the only Legenda series to have begun elsewhere. It was founded by Zyg Baranski and Laura Lepschy in 1998, and volumes 1 to 11 were published by Maney Publishing under the imprint of the Northern Universities Press. In 2005 Legenda took the series over, acquiring rights to these earlier titles and issuing new ones from IP 12 onwards. A new General Editor, Simon Gilson, succeeded the founders in 2011.

Editorial Committee

  • General Editor: Dr Simon Gilson (University of Oxford)
  • Dr Francesca Billiani (University of Manchester)
  • Professor Manuele Gragnolati (Université Paris-Sorbonne)
  • Dr Catherine Keen (University College London)
  • Professor Martin McLaughlin (Magdalen College, Oxford)
  • Founding editor: Professor Zygmunt Barański (Cambridge University)
  • Founding editor: Professor Anna Laura Lepschy (University College London)

Advisory Board

  • Patrick Boyde (UK)
  • Patricia Brown (USA)
  • Victoria De Grazia (USA)
  • John Gatt-Rutter (Australia)
  • Paul Ginsborg (Italy)
  • Guglielmo Gorni (Switzerland)
  • Giulio Lepschy (UK)
  • Millicent Marcus (USA)
  • Giuseppe Mazzotta (USA)
  • Lino Pertile (USA)
  • Eduardo Saccone (Ireland)
  • Rebecca West (USA)
  • Diego Zancani (UK)
52Dante Beyond Borders: Contexts and Reception
Edited by Nick Havely, Jonathan Katz, and Richard Cooper 
Italian Perspectives 521 July 2021
50Venetian Inscriptions: Vernacular Writing for Public Display in Medieval and Renaissance Venice
Ronnie Ferguson 
Italian Perspectives 501 March 2021
49Interpreting and Judging Petrarch’s Canzoniere in Early Modern Italy
Edited by Maiko Favaro 
Italian Perspectives 498 January 2021
48Staging the Soul: Allegorical Drama as Spiritual Practice in Baroque Italy
Eugenio Refini 
Italian Perspectives 481 July 2021
47Saracens and their World in Boiardo and Ariosto
Maria Pavlova 
Italian Perspectives 4728 September 2020
46Renaissance Vegetarianism: The Philosophical Afterlives of Porphyry’s On Abstinence
Cecilia Muratori 
Italian Perspectives 4628 September 2020
45Spatial Plots: Virtuality and the Embodied Mind in Baricco, Camilleri and Calvino
Marzia Beltrami 
Italian Perspectives 458 January 2021
44Italy and the USA: Cultural Change Through Language and Narrative
Edited by Guido Bonsaver, Alessandro Carlucci and Matthew Reza 
Italian Perspectives 4430 December 2019
43Forms of Thinking in Leopardi’s Zibaldone: Religion, Science and Everyday Life in an Age of Disenchantment
Paola Cori
Italian Perspectives 4323 September 2019
42Unidentified Narrative Objects and the New Italian Epic
Kate Elizabeth Willman
Italian Perspectives 4225 February 2019
40A 'New' Woman in Verga and Pirandello: From Page to Stage
Enza De Francisci
Italian Perspectives 4030 September 2018
39Rome: Modernity, Postmodernity and Beyond
Edited by Lesley Caldwell and Fabio Camilletti
Italian Perspectives 3930 September 2018
38Fulvio Tomizza: Writing the Trauma of Exile
Marianna Deganutti
Italian Perspectives 3830 September 2018
37Chivalry, Academy, and Cultural Dialogues: The Italian Contribution to European Culture
Edited by Stefano Jossa and Giuliana Pieri
Italian Perspectives 3719 December 2016
36Futurism: A Microhistory
Edited by Sascha Bru, Luca Somigli, and Bart Van den Bossche
Italian Perspectives 3629 September 2017
35Pasolini after Dante: The 'Divine Mimesis' and the Politics of Representation
Emanuela Patti
Italian Perspectives 351 September 2016
34Laughter from Realism to Modernism: Misfits and Humorists in Pirandello, Svevo, Palazzeschi, and Gadda
Alberto Godioli
Italian Perspectives 349 October 2015
33The Somali Within: Language, Race and Belonging in ‘Minor’ Italian Literature
Simone Brioni
Italian Perspectives 3311 September 2015
32Rome Eternal: The City As Fatherland
Guy Lanoue
Italian Perspectives 328 June 2015
31The Italian Academies 1525-1700: Networks of Culture, Innovation and Dissent
Edited by Jane E. Everson, Denis V. Reidy and Lisa Sampson
Italian Perspectives 311 September 2016
30Caravaggio in Film and Literature: Popular Culture's Appropriation of a Baroque Genius
Laura Rorato
Italian Perspectives 301 November 2014
29Gadda and Beckett: Storytelling, Subjectivity and Fracture
Katrin Wehling-Giorgi
Italian Perspectives 291 November 2014
28Leopardi's Nymphs: Grace, Melancholy, and the Uncanny
Fabio A. Camilletti
Italian Perspectives 284 December 2013
27The Tradition of the Actor-Author in Italian Theatre
Edited by Donatella Fischer
Italian Perspectives 2725 September 2013
26Edoardo Sanguineti: Literature, Ideology and the Avant-Garde
Edited by Paolo Chirumbolo and John Picchione
Italian Perspectives 2628 May 2013