Early-modern Italian literature, language and culture, in both Neo-Latin and the vernacular; relationship between literature and visual arts; relationship between literature and religion; Renaissance and Baroque Rome; chivalric and epic poetry; women's writing and the "querelle des femmes"; ethics and conduct literature; art of memory; history of theatre; Renaissance debate on language and grammar; eighteenth-century satirical writings. Current Research Project Early-modern reception and rewritings of the "Orlando furioso" by Ludovico Ariosto. The "querelle des femmes" in Renaissance Italy. The influence of Torquato Tasso's poetics on Jesuits' theatre. Literary description of early-modern jousts and triumphs.