My primary scholarly contributions have centred on Michelangelo and the literary and religious culture of medieval and early modern Italy. By examining the central elements of early modern devotion, such as prayer, lauda singing, the contemplation of religious images, and lay religious sociability, I have offered through my published work a more nuanced understanding of Michelangelo’s spirituality and how it functioned. My current project builds on this earlier work to consider the ways in which male and female poets of devotional verse engaged the Word in text, image, and imagination in the long sixteenth century. I am currently writing a work of historical fiction centered on a female visionary in Renaissance Florence. You may read more about both of these book projects in the Writing section of this site.

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

 

BOOKS

Michelangelo’s Christian Mysticism: Spirituality, Poetry and Art in Sixteenth-Century Italy. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014. [won the MLA 2013 Scaglione manuscript award].

Reviewed in:

Albertiana 4, 1 (2019): 205-211                                                                                                                                                       Romanistisches Jahrbuch 67, 1 (2016): 195-198
Sixteenth Century Journal 46, 4 (2015): 1106-1107
The Catholic Historical Review 101, 3 (2015): 644-646
Renaissance Quarterly 68, 2 (2015): 634-635
Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme 38, 1 (2015): 191-194
The Catholic Library World 85, 2 (2014): 129

 

Friulians in Canada. Udine: Forum, 2014.

Reviewed in:

AltreItalia 52 (June 2016): 142-145
El Boletin, 162 (June 2015): 11
Corriere Canadese (3 March 2015): 16
Corriere Canadese (24 February 2015): 16
Pagina Pordenonesi 14 (March 2015)
ilFriuli (24 February 2015)

 

EDITED VOLUMES

McCue Gill, Amyrose and Sarah Rolfe Prodan, eds. Friendship and Sociability in Premodern Europe: Contexts, Concepts and Expressions. Essays & Studies Series. Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2014.

Reviewed in:

Revue d’histoire moderne & contemporaine 63, 3 (2016): 189-190                                                                                             Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme 39, 3 (2016): 193-195
Renaissance Quarterly 69, 2 (2016): 744-745
Continuity and Change 30, 3 (2015): 427-429
French Studies 69, 3 (2015): 389-390
Parergon 32, 2 (2015): 297-298
Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies 46, 1 (2015): 236-238

 

REFEREED ARTICLES 

“Hosting the Enemy: Accommodating the French King and his Troops in Florence, 1494.” Early Modern Cultures of Hospitality, eds. David Goldstein and Marco Piana. Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2021. 7500 words. (forthcoming)

“Religious Desire in the Poetry of Vittoria Colonna: Insights into Early Modern Piety and Poetics.” In Vittoria Colonna: Poetry, Religion, Art and Impact, eds. Virginia Cox and Shannon McHugh. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2021. 6500 words. (forthcoming)

“Michelangelo Reading Landino? The ‘Devil’ in Michelangelo’s Last Judgment.” Quaderni d’italianistica 30, 2 (2009): 19-38.

“Introduction.” Friendship and Sociability in Premodern Europe: Contexts, Concepts and Expressions. Eds. Amyrose McCue Gill and Sarah Rolfe Prodan. Essays & Studies Series. Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2014. 17-41.

 

BOOK REVIEWS

Chance, Jane. The Emergence of Italian Humanism, 1321–1475. Medieval Mythography 3. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2014. Speculum 92, 3 (2017): 802-803.

Dillon, Anne. Michelangelo and the English Martyrs. Farnham, UK and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2012. Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme 38, 4 (2015): 183-185.

Caravale, Giorgio. Forbidden Prayer: Church Censorship and Devotional Literature in Renaissance Italy. Trans. Peter Dawson.
Catholic Christendom, 1300–1700. Farnham, UK and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2011. In Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme 37, 2 (2014): 155-157.

Sluhovsky, Moshe. Believe Not Every Spirit: Possession, Mysticism, & Discernment in Early Modern Catholicism. Chicago/London: University of Chicago Press, 2007.In Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme 35, 1 (2012): 224-246.

Wackernagel, Martin. The World of the Florentine Renaissance Artist: Project and Patrons, Workshop and Art Market. Trans. Alison Luchs.  Toronto/Buffalo/London: University of Toronto Press, 2011. In Quaderni d’italianistica 33, 1 (2012): 136-138.

Fontes Baratto, Anna. Écritures et pratiques de l’amitié dans l’Italie médiévale. Arzanà. Cahiers de litérature médiévale italienne, 13. Paris: Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2010. In Annali d’italianistica 30 (2012): 472- 474.

Parker, Deborah. Michelangelo and the Art of Letter Writing. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. In Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme 34, 1-2 (2011): 286-288.

Anichini, Federica. Voices of the Body. Liminal Grammar in Guido Cavalcanti’s ‘Rime’. Voci del corpo. Grammatica liminale nelle ‘Rime’ di Guido Cavalcanti. Interkulturelle Begegnungen, 6. Munich: Martin Meidenbauer Verlagsbuchhandlung, 2009. In Quaderni d’italianistica 31, 2 (2010): 185-187.

Wallace, William E. Michelangelo: The Artist, the Man, and His Times. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. In Quaderni d’italianistica 31, 1 (2010): 228-230.

Bellomo, Saverio. Filologia e critica dantesca. Brescia: La Scuola, 2008. In Quaderni d’italianistica 30, 2 (2009): 157-159.

Bino, Carla. Dal trionfo al pianto. La fondazione del ‘teatro della misericordia’ nel Medioevo (V-VII secolo). Milan: Vita e Pensiero, 2008. In Confraternitas 20, 1 (2009): 26-27.

Gittes, Tobias Foster. Boccaccio’s Naked Muse: Eros, Culture and the Mythopoeic Imagination. Toronto/Buffalo/ London: University of Toronto Press, 2008. In Quaderni d’italianistica 29, 2 (2008): 159-160.

Vettori, Alessandro. Poets of Divine Love: FranciscanMystical Poetry of the Thirteenth Century. New York:Fordham University Press, 2004. In Quaderni d’italianistica 28, 2 (2007): 187-189.

Gasparini, Len. The Broken World: Poems 1967-1998. Toronto/Buffalo/Chicago/Lancaster (UK): Guernica, 2005. In Quaderni d’italianistica. 28, 1 (2007): 184-187.

Martines, Lauro. An Italian Renaissance Sextet: Six Tales in Historical Context. Trans. Murtha Baca. Toronto/Buffalo/London: University of Toronto Press, 2004. In Quaderni d’italianistica 27, 2 (2006): 160-162.

 

TRANSLATIONS

ITALIAN to ENGLISH

Bueno, Irene. Defining Heresy: Inquisition, Theology and Papal Policy in the time of Jacques Fournier.Studies in medieval and reformation traditions, 192. Translated from the Italian by Isabella Bolognese, Tony Brophy and Sarah Rolfe Prodan.Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2015.

Parmegiani, Sandra. Ugo Foscolo and British Culture.Italian Perspectives, 20. Oxford: Legenda, 2011. Translation of Italian and French passages to English. Equivalent to 30 pages single-spaced.

Divenuto, Francesco. “The Role of Queen Maria Amalia of Saxony in Planning the Royal Palace of Caserta.” Trans. Sarah Melanie Rolfe. Forthcoming in Creating Women: Representation, Self-Representation and Agency in the Renaissance. Ed. Manuela Scarci. Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2013. 183-200.

Somigli, Paolo. “Gruppo 63 and Music: A Complex Relationship.” Trans. Sarah Melanie Rolfe. Neoavanguardia: Italian Experimental Literature and Arts in the 1960s. Eds. Paolo Chirumbolo, Mario Moroni and Luca Somigli. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010. 254-282.

Giannetti, Laura. Leila’s Kiss: Imagining Gender, Sex and Marriage in Italian Renaissance Comedy. Trans. Sarah Melanie Rolfe.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009. Early manuscript version of chapters 1-4.

Bazzocchi, Mario. The Greatest Mysteries. Trans. Sarah Melanie Rolfe. Toronto: TLAC, 2009. 30 pages.

Prosperi, Adriano. “Consolation or Condemnation: The Debates on With-holding Sacraments from Prisoners.” Trans. Sarah Melanie Rolfe.The Art of Executing Well: Rituals of Execution in Renaissance Italy. Ed. Nick Terpstra. Kirksville, MO: Truman State University Press, 2008. 98-117.

Evangelisti, Valerio and Domenico Gallo. “Italian Science Fiction from 1952 to the Present.” Trans. Sarah Melanie Rolfe. Paper presented at the University of Toronto on 24 September 2007.

 

FRENCH to ENGLISH

Klapisch-Zuber, Christiane. “The Devil in Prison.” Trans. Sarah Melanie Rolfe. Power and Public Behaviours: Essays in honour of Richard C. Trexler. Eds. Peter Arnade and Michael Rocke. Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2008. 95-111.

Zinguer, Ilana. “Medical Disquisition as Female Identity Discourse: The Case of Hermaphrodites.” Trans. Sarah Melanie Rolfe. Originally intended for inclusion in Creating Women: Representation, Self-Representation and Agency in the Renaissance. Ed. Manuela Scarci. Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2013. 7 pages single-spaced.