Romance Languages and Literatures

Armando Maggi

Arthur and Joann Rasmussen Professor in Western Civilization, Italian Literature and the Committee on the History of Culture
(On leave Autumn 2019-Winter 2020)


Wieboldt 225

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PhD, University of Chicago, 1995

Laurea in Lettere, Università degli Studi di Roma, La Sapienza, 1982

Program(s): Italian Studies

Professor Maggi’s scholarship focuses on two major areas: early modern culture (epic poetry, Renaissance philosophy, magic and demonology, Neoplatonic love treatises, women writers, Renaissance emblems, baroque literature) and contemporary culture. His latest essays on early-modern literature are on Ariosto, Tasso, and Marino. His latest essays on modern culture is a reading of Matteo Garrone's film The Tale of Tales and an essay on the concept of realism in Pasolini and Bassani. Prof. Maggi is currently writing a book on reality and fairy tales in contemporary culture.

He is the author of many books. His latest work is the volume titled Preserving the Spell (2015, University of Chicago Press; Premio Flaiano Italianistica 2016) on the Western interpretation of folk and fairy tales from Giambattista Basile’s Lo cunto de li cunti to the French late seventeenth-century tradition, German Romanticism, and American post-modernism. 

View Professor Maggi's curriculum vitae here.

His most recent publications on early modern culture are:

  • The first English edition of Giovambattista Della Porta's treatise on the art of memory L'arte del ricordare (1566).
  • The first critical edition of Lucrezia Marinella’s hagiography on St Catherine of Siena titled De’ gesti heroici (Ravenna: Longo, 2012).
  • The first critical edition of the love treatise L’innamorato by Brunoro Zampeschi (published in 1565), which is a contentious response to Castiglione’s Il Cortigiano (Ravenna: Longo, 2010).
  • Petrarch: A Critical Guide to the Complete Works (University of Chicago Press, 2009), co-edited with Victoria Kirkham.

His most recent work in the area of contemporary culture is:

His previous books are:

He is also the author of Uttering the Word (Suny, 1998) on the mystic Maria Maddalena de' Pazzi, and Identità e impresa rinascimentale (Longo, 1998) on the Renaissance emblematic tradition.

Professor Maggi also has a keen interest in Italian baroque prose and poetry. He has published an article on Emanuele Tesauro's panegyrics on the shroud of Turin (Journal of Religion, fall 2005) and on baroque poetry on Saint Francis of Assisi (Studi secenteschi, 2008). He is currently translating major texts by the philosopher Girolamo Cardano. Professor Maggi has published more than 70 essays.

Awards, Honors and Professional Experience

  • Full-time positions at Purdue University (Visiting Assistant Professor, 1995-1996) and University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (Assistant Professor, 1996-1999).

Selected Courses Taught

  • Marsilio Ficino’s On Love
  • Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • Renaissance and Modern Fairy Tales
  • Torquato Tasso
  • Giordano Bruno and Tommaso Campanella
  • La cultura del Seicento
  • Italian Women Mystics
  • La poesia petrarchesca del ‘500