I am a research fellow at the University of Warwick (UK) working on the vernacular reception of Aristotle’s Poetics and Rhetoric as part of the ERC-funded “Aristotle in the Italian Vernacular” project (PI: Marco Sgarbi). I am currently developing a monograph on the poetics of the sacred in counter-reformation Italy. This work grows out of my Ph.D. dissertation, The Better Fortitude Unsung? Christian epic, Heroism, and Interiority in Sixteenth-Century Italy, which examined changing definitions of heroism in sixteenth-century Christian epics written in Italy (New York University, 2015). My articles have appeared in MLN: Modern Language Notes and California Italian Studies . My book reviews have appeared in Renaissance Quarterly, Quaderni d'Italianistica , Annali d'Italianistica, and The Year's Work in Modern Language Studies . My research interests include early modern conceptions of genre (specifically lyric and epic), the interaction between classical culture and religious values during the Counter-Reformation, chivalric epic (Boiardo, Ariosto, Tasso), early modern translation theory and practice, cultural transactions between Renaissance Italy, Spain, and England, along with the digital humanities.
I also freelance as an editor and as a translator between Italian, French and English. I was born and raised in Montreal, Canada where I was awarded a BA (Hons) in Western Society and Culture from Concordia University. I earned my Master's degree in Italian Studies at New York University. My writing about food and Montreal events has appeared on my food blog, mtl.kitchen, and on Midnight Poutine, a Montreal culture blog.
“'Emotional Rescue': Heroic Chastity and Devotional Practice in Iacopo Sannazaro's De partu Virginis ," California Italian Studies 5 (The Sacred in Italian Culture, August 2015).
"'I fight auctoritas, auctoritas always wins': Siger of Brabant, Paradiso X and Dante's Textual Authority," in Dante and Heterodoxy: The Temptation of Radical Thought in the 13th century, ed. Maria Luisa Ardizzone (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2014.)
"Cinquecento (1500-1599)," The Year's Work in Modern Language Studies, Vol. 75, (Survey Years 2012-2013): 307-318. 'Forthcoming, February, 2015'.
Guide to Medieval and Early Modern Research in Italian Studies (New York: New York University Libraries, 2012.)
2014-2015 Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la Société et la Culture (B2)
2013-2014 Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities
2013 Global Research Initiative Fellowship, NYU
2012 Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship to participate in intensive two-week "Reading Publics" program at University of Warwick, UK.
2012 Marietta di Croce fellowship, NYU Italian Department For research at the British Library and Warburg Institute, UK
2008-2010 Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la Société et la Culture (B1)
2008-2013 McCracken Fellowship, New York University