Published Works

Michelangelo’s Christian Mysticism: Spirituality, Poetry and Art in Sixteenth-Century Italy (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014) [winner of an MLA ‘best-book’ publication award]

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Friendship and Sociability in Premodern Europe: Contexts, Concepts, and Expressions (Toronto: CRRS, 2014). [co-edited with Amyrose McCue Gill] 

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Friulians in Canada (Udine: Forum, 2014) [a commissioned, dual-language study (Italian and English)]

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Works in Progress

Poetics of Piety in Early Modern Italy and Beyond [academic monograph]

This academic monograph considers the ways in which male and female poets of devotional verse engaged the Word in text, image, and imagination in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Combining diachronic and synchronic approaches to the study of early modern Italian verse, this study examines relations among religious practices and poetic form in the pre-Tridentine and post-Tridentine periods through an analysis of religious images, ekphrastic verse, and the manifold relations and interrelations between art and devotion in Italy and in the early modern world. Attending to spiritual poetry in the subjective mode and to the various connections between religious reading, writing, and identity in the medieval and early modern periods, Poetics of Piety analyzes verse inspired by scripture, by Christocentric piety, and by the evolving contemplative tradition.

Imminence: Florence, 1494 [historical fiction]

The dramatic events of the French invasion of Italy in the fall of 1494 as its context, Imminence recounts the riveting and tumultuous history of the rich and powerful Florentine city-state as seen through the eyes of an invented female protagonist. A young and beautiful political visionary inspired by God and propelled by love to defend her republic against two distinct but related threats of domestic tyranny and foreign domination, Cassandra must overcome perilous and relentless constraints imposed on her by her gender, her nature, and her circumstances if she is to succeed. Caught in an alarming and treasonous conflict between Piero de’ Medici, the autocratic de facto ruler of Florence to whom she is linked by ties of kinship and expectations of loyalty, and Lorenzo de’ Medici, his popular and politically revolutionary cousin to whom she is bound by passion and republican ideals, the bright and insightful female seer must battle for her very soul as she struggles to spare her family and to save her homeland with the few resources and limited channels available to her as a woman.