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.

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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)
64The Sense of Fracture in Goliarda Sapienza and Elena Ferrante: Fragile Selves, Fragile Others
Rebecca Walker 
Italian Perspectives 6428 October 2024
63Now Feed Yourself: Anglo-American and Italian Scholarship on Dante
Edited by Zygmunt G. Barański, Theodore J. Cachey, Jr., and Anna Pegoretti 
Italian Perspectives 6328 August 2024
62Italo Calvino and Japan: A Journey through the Shallow Depths of Signs 
Claudia Dellacasa 
Italian Perspectives 6228 August 2024
61Alan of Lille and Dante: Divine Predication from the Twelfth to the Fourteenth Century
Gabriella Addivinola 
Italian Perspectives 6128 October 2024
60Rome, 16 October 1943: History, Memory, Literature
Mara Josi 
Italian Perspectives 608 August 2023
59Dante’s Blood
Anne C. Leone 
Italian Perspectives 5931 August 2023
58Standing at the Crossroads: Stories of Doubt in Renaissance Italy
Marco Faini
Italian Perspectives 5822 April 2023
57Dante and Petrarch in the Garden of Language
Francesca Southerden
Italian Perspectives 5713 September 2022
56Petrarch Commentary and Exegesis in Renaissance Italy and Beyond: Materiality, Paratexts and Interpretative Strategies
Edited by Guyda Armstrong, Simon A. Gilson and Federica Pich
Italian Perspectives 5622 January 2023
55Classical Comedy 1508-1786: A Legacy from Italy and France
Richard Andrews
Italian Perspectives 5520 October 2022
54A Gaping Wound: Mourning in Italian Poetry
Edited by Adele Bardazzi, Francesco Giusti, and Emanuela Tandello
Italian Perspectives 5420 October 2022
53Narrative Strategies for Participation in Dante's Divine Comedy
Katherine Powlesland
Italian Perspectives 5313 September 2022
52Dante Beyond Borders: Contexts and Reception
Edited by Nick Havely and Jonathan Katz with Richard Cooper
Italian Perspectives 5217 November 2021
51Psychoanalysis, Ideology and Commitment in Italy 1945-1975: Edoardo Sanguineti, Ottiero Ottieri, Andrea Zanzotto
Alessandra Diazzi
Italian Perspectives 5113 September 2022
50Venetian Inscriptions: Vernacular Writing for Public Display in Medieval and Renaissance Venice
Ronnie Ferguson
Italian Perspectives 5026 July 2021
49Interpreting and Judging Petrarch’s Canzoniere in Early Modern Italy
Edited by Maiko Favaro
Italian Perspectives 4910 December 2021
48Staging the Soul: Allegorical Drama as Spiritual Practice in Baroque Italy
Eugenio Refini
Italian Perspectives 4822 January 2023
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 4526 July 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
41Renaissance Linguistics in Italy and in Europe
Mirko Tavoni 
Italian Perspectives 411 May 2025
40A 'New' Woman in Verga and Pirandello: From Page to Stage
Enza De Francisci
Italian Perspectives 4030 September 2018