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Linda Carroll
Emeritus Professor of Italian
Newcomb 311M


Ph.D., Harvard


Linda Carroll (Ph.D. Harvard University) is a specialist on the interaction between cultural and historical forces in Renaissance Italy. She is particularly concerned by the ways in which popular creative artists and leaders in the economic and political sphere(s) engaged one another to further their goals. She is the author of Language and Dialect in Ruzante and Goldoni (Longo, 1981) and Angelo Beolco (Il Ruzante) (Twayne, 1990). She recently co-edited Sexualities, Textualities, Art and Music in Early Modern Italy. Playing with Boundaries with Melanie L. Marshall and Katherine A. McIver (Ashgate, 2014). She was translator for Venice, Cità Excelentissima: Selections from the Renaissance Diaries of Marin Sanudo (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008) and edited and translated Angelo Beolco (Il Ruzante), La prima oratione (Modern Humanities Research Association, 2009). She has published articles in Renaissance Quarterly, Sixteenth Century Journal, MLN, Modern Language Review, Ateneo Veneto, The Psychohistory Review, the Encyclopedia of the Renaissance, and numerous other journals, conference proceedings, and reference works. Professor Carroll received the USG John Stibbs Award for Outstanding Faculty Member in 2007 and the Suzanne and Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellowship in 2008.

Forthcoming Publications

  • “Meditations on Hierarchy, Equality, and Their Dynamic Interaction.” eHumanista 41 (2019): in press.

Recent Publications


  • Thomas Jefferson’s Italian and Italian-Related Books in the History of Universal Personal Rights. An Overview. Pamphlets 1. New York: Bordighera Press, 2019.

Co-edited Edition

  • Don Michele Pesenti, Don Michele Pesenti da Verona. An Edition of the Complete Works, ed. Anthony M. Cummings, Linda L. Carroll, and Alexander Dean (Middleton, WI: A-R Editions, 2019).


  • "Ruzante’s (and Palladio’s) Women." In Dialogo. Studi in onore di Angela Caracciolo Aricò, ed. Elena Bocchia, Zuane Fabbris, Chiara Frison and Roberto Pesce (Venice: Centro di Studi Medievale e Rinascimentali 'E.A. Cicogna', 2017). 99-114.
  • "'Tanto che l'arò amazò': Violence in the Plays of Angelo Beolco and in the Lives of His Associates." In Violence, Resistance, Tolerance, Sacrifice in Italy’s Literary and Cultural History, ed. Dino Cervigni, Chiara Ferrari and Olimpia Pelosi Annali d’Italianistica 35 (2017): 119-46.
  • "Luigi Pulci and the Invention of Renaissance Irreverence." In Luigi Pulci in Renaissance Florence and Beyond. New Perspectives on His Poetry and Influence, ed. James K. Coleman and Andrea Moudarres, Cursor Mundi, vol. 29 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2017), pp. 181-208.
  • "'In questa guerra tutti ne è stà turchi': The Turk as Ultimate Enemy in Sixteenth-Century Italy." In Monsters and Borders in the Early Modern Imagination, ed. Jana Byars and Hans Peter Broedel (London: Routledge, 2018), pp. 69-84.
  • "Pirandello's 'La giara' as Clash of Cultures." In The Italian Short Story through the Centuries. The Met(A)morphoses of the Novella, ed. Roberto Nicosia (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018), pp. 99-106.
  • "Ruzante Speaks Truth to Venetian Power: Some Hows, Whys, Whens, and Wherefores." In Speaking Truth to Power from Medieval to Modern Italy, ed. Jo Ann Cavallo and Carlo Lottieri, Annali d’Italianistica 34 (2016): 179-97.