Alyssa is a Postdoctoral Associate, teaching courses on medieval Italian literature and gender studies. Her research interests include Dante, Boccaccio, feminist thought, and women writers. She is currently working on a book manuscript, tentatively titled Feminism Before Feminism: Boccaccio After Beauvoir. The book places feminist thinkers such as Simone de Beauvoir, Judith Butler, Adriana Cavarero, and Audre Lorde in conversation with Boccaccio and other early modern writers, showing how theories of gender shaped the early modern world and how early modern works can shed light on the central questions that concern feminists still today. Alyssa is also preparing a dual-language (Italian-English) edition of Bartolomeo Goggio's In Praise of Women: A Fifteenth-Century Humanist Manifesto [De laudibus mulierum] for The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe.
Alyssa has received grants from the Mellon foundation as well as from the Graduate School and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Duke. She also served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in southern Italy and was a visiting scholar at the Università di Bologna (Dipartimento di Storia, Culture, Civiltà) in 2018.
“Domesticating Philosophy: Dante’s Women in Boccaccio,” Mediaevalia, vol. 42, 2021, p. 269-297.
"The Lying Life of Narrators," special issue on Elena Ferrante's The Lying Life of Adults, in Reading in Translation, August 2020.
"Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron and Life Beyond the Plague," in EuropeNow, July 2020.
Review: Anna Maria Ortese, Neapolitan Chronicles, and Donatella Di Pietrantonio, A Girl Returned. Public Books, October 2019.
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