Professor of Italian Literature and the Committee on the History of Culture; Italian Graduate Adviser
Office: Wieboldt 225
Office Hours: Mon 4:30-6
Professor Maggi's scholarship focuses on two major areas: early modern culture (Renaissance philosophy, love treatises, Il Cortigiano, women writers, mysticism, baroque culture) and contemporary culture. He is the author of many books. His most recent publications on early modern culture are: the first critical edition of L’innamorato by Brunoro Zampeschi (published in 1565), which is a critical response to Castiglione’s Il Cortigiano (Ravenna: Longo, 2010); and Petrarch: A Critical Guide to the Complete Works (University of Chicago Press, 2009). In the area of contemporary literature: The Resurrection of the Body: Pier Paolo Pasolini from Saint Paul to Sade (University of Chicago Press, 2009); an essay on Marco Bellocchio’s films (Annali d’Italianistica, 2010). A native of Italy, he earned his PhD at the University of Chicago. His previous books are In the Company of Demons. Unnatural Beings, Love, and Identity in the Italian Renaissance (University of Chicago Press, 2006) on the concept of 'familiar spirits' and the philosophy of love in Renaissance culture; Satan's Rhetoric, A Study of Renaissance Demonology (University of Chicago Press, 2001); and a critical edition of Guido Casoni's treatise (1591) Della magia d'amore (Palermo: Sellerio, 2003). 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). 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). Professor Maggi is now writing three books: 1. an analysis of Renaissance and modern fairy tales; 2. a critical edition of Lucrezia Marinella’s Life of Saint Catherine of Siena; 3. a study of apocalyptic views in early modern Italy and Spain. He is also translating major texts by the philosopher Girolamo Cardano. Professor Maggi has published more than 70 essays.