Laura Giannetti
Associate Professor of Italian 


  • - PhD in Italian Literature ,  University of Connecticut
  • - Laurea : History and Philosophy, University of Venice Ca’ Foscari 

Research Interests 

  • - Early Modern Literature and Culture
  • - Gender and Sexuality   
  • - Early Modern Drama and Theater
  • - Food Culture and the Literary Imagination 

Selected Publications 

  • - Laura Giannetti, “The Satyr in the Kitchen Pantry” in Cuckoldry, Impotence and Adultery in Europe ( 15th-17th century) ed. by Sara Matthews-Grieco. Ashgate: 2014. 103-124. Download Article
  • - Laura Giannetti, "Of Eels and Pears: A Sixteenth-Century Debate on Taste, Temperance, and the Pleasures of the Senses" in Religion and the Senses in Early Modern Europe. Wietse de Boer and Christine Gottler (eds.). Leiden- Boston: Brill, 2013. Download Article
  • - Laura Giannetti, Lelia’s Kiss: Imagining Gender, Sex and Marriage in Italian Renaissance Comedy (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009).
  • - Laura Giannetti and Guido Ruggiero ed. and trans.  Five Comedies from the Italian Renaissance (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003).  Reprint 2011.
  • - “Ma che potrà succedermi se io donna amo una donna?” Female-Female Desire in Italian Renaissance Comedy,” Renaissance Drama Special Issue on “Italy and the Drama of Europe” eds. Albert Russell Ascoli and William West,  New Series 36/37 (2010): 97-123.
  • - “Renaissance Food-Fashioning or the Triumph of Greens,” California Italian Studies, Vol. 1 Issue 2 (2009-2010): 1-16. Online at

  • - “The Forbidden Fruit or The Taste for Sodomy in Renaissance Italy” Quaderni d’Italianistica,  27.1 (2006): 31-52.
  • - “When Male Characters Pass as Women: Theatrical Play and Social Practice in the Italian Renaissance,” Sixteenth Century Journal 36.3 (2005): 743-760.
  • - “On the Deceptions of the Deceived: Lelia and the Pleasures of Play,” MLN Italian Issue 116 (2001): 54-73. 

Recent Grants and Awards 

  • - Research Fellow at the Institute for Historical Studies, University of Texas, Austin, 2016-2017
  • - Named Speroni Chair Visiting Professor in Medieval and Renaissance Literature and Culture, UCLA Italian Department, Spring of 2016
  • - Elected to the Modern Languages Association Division on Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature, 2012-2017
  • - Provost Research Award,  University of Miami, 2010-2011
  • - Center for the Humanities Fellow, University of Miami, 2014-2015
  • - Villa I Tatti. Lila Wallace Readers’s Digest Foundation Fellow,  Florence, Italy, 2008-2009
  • - Max Orovitz Summer Award, University of Miami, 2006 

Courses Taught  

  • - L’amore nella letteratura italiana da Dante a Machiavelli (Love in Italian Literature from Dante to Machiavelli)
  • - Assaggi all’italiana: Food in Italian Literaure and Society from the Middle Ages to Contemporary Italy