Albert Russell Ascoli Full List of Publications


Ariosto’s Bitter Harmony: Crisis and Evasion in the Italian Renaissance,Princeton University Press, 1987.

Dante and the Making of a Modern Author, Cambridge University Press, 2008.

A Local Habitation, and a Name’: Imagining Histories in the Italian Renaissance, Fordham University Press, 2011.


Making and Remaking Italy: The Cultivation of National Identity around the Risorgimento, edited by Krystyna von Henneberg and Albert R. Ascoli, Berg Press, 2001.

Machiavelli and the Discourse of Literature, edited by Victoria Kahn and Albert Russell Ascoli, Cornell University Press, 1993.


“Worthy of Faith?”: The Author and ‘His’ Readers in the Early Modern Period.’ forthcoming in The Renaissance World, John Martin, ed.,  Routledge, 2007.

“Blinding the Cyclops: Petrarch after Dante,” forthcoming in Petrarch and Dante, eds. T. Cachey and Z. Baranski, South Bend IN: Notre Dame University Press, 2007.

“From Auctor to Author: Dante before the Commedia,” in Cambridge Companion to Dante,ed. Rachel Jacoff, Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2nd edition, forthcoming 2006.   (New essay prepared for second edition).

“Like a Virgin: Fantasies of the Male Body in Orlando furioso,” forthcoming in the conference proceedings of The Body in Early Modern Italy, eds. W. Stephens and J. Hairston, forthcoming, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.

“Body Politics in Ariosto’s Orlando furioso,” in Translating Desire in Medieval and Early Modern Literature, eds Craig Berry and Heather Hayton, MRTS 2006.  (Extensively revised version of “Il segreto di Eritonio” listed below).

“Fede e riscrittura: il Furioso del ‘32,” Rinascimento, 2004.

“Dante After Dante,” in Dante for the New Millenium, eds Teodolinda Barolini and Wayne Storey, Fordham University Press, 2003.

“Ariosto and the ‘Fier Pastor’: Form and History in Orlando Furioso,” Renaissance Quarterly, 2001.

“Faith as Cover-Up: Ariosto’s Orlando furioso, canto 21, and Machiavellian Ethics,” in Tatti Studies: Essays in the Renaissance, 1999 [2000].

“Pyrrhus’ Rules: Playing with Power from Boccaccio to Machiavelli,” Modern Language Notes, 1999.

“Il segreto di Erittonio: politica e poetica sessuale nel Orlando furioso,” in La rappresentazione dell’Altro nel Rinascimento italiano, ed. Sergio Zatti (Lucca: Pacini-Fazzi Editore, 1998).

“Access to Authority: Dante in the Letter to Cangrande,” in the Proceedings of the First International Dante Symposium, ed. Zygmunt Baranski, Firenze: Le Lettere Editore, 1997.

“Palinode and History in the Oeuvre of Dante, “ in Current Trends in Dante Studies, ed. Theodore Cachey, South Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1995.

“Liberating the Tomb: Difference and Death in Gerusalemme Liberata,” in Annali d’Italianistica 12 (1994), special issue on European epic.

“Machiavelli’s Gift of Counsel,” in Machiavelli and the Discourse of Literature, eds. V. Kahn and A. Ascoli (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1993).

“The Unfinished Author: Dante’s Rhetoric of Authority in Convivio and De vulgari eloquentia,” in Cambridge Companion to Dante, ed. Rachel Jacoff, Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

“Boccaccio’s Auerbach: Holding the Mirror up to Mimesis,” Studi sul Boccaccio 20 (1991-92).

“‘Neminem ante nos:’ Historicity and Authority in the De vulgari eloquentia,” Annali d’Italianistica, 8 (1991).

“Petrarch’s Middle Age: Memory, Imagination, and History in the ‘Ascent of Mt. Ventoux’,” Stanford Italian Review 10 (1990).

“The Vowels of Authority (Dante’s Convivio,” in Discourses of Authority in Medieval and Early Modern Romance Literature, eds. K. Brownlee and W. Stephens, Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1989.

“Mirror and Veil: Pirandello’s Così è (se vi pare) and the Drama of Interpretation” in Stanford Italian Review7 (1987).


“Introduction,” to The Essential Works of Machiavelli, trans. Peter Constantine, forthcoming in the Modern Library Series of Random House Press, 2007.

“Introduction,” to Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince, trans. Peter Constantine, forthcoming in the Modern Library Series of Random House Press, 2007.

“Introduction,” in Sergio Zatti, The Quest for Epic and Romance, ed. Dennis Looney, University of Toronto Press, 2006.

“Introduction: Nationalism and the Uses of Risorgimento Culture” (with Krystyna von Henneberg), in Making and Remaking Italy, Berg Press, 2001.

“Introduction,” with Victoria Kahn, in Machiavelli and the Discourse of Literature. eds. A. R. Ascoli & V. Kahn, Cornell University Press, 1993.


“Ariosto and the ‘Fier Pastor’: Form and History in Orlando Furioso,” rpt. in Phaeton’s Children: Culture in Early Modern Ferrara, eds Dennis Looney and Deanna Shemek, MRTS, 2006.

“‘Neminem ante nos:’ Historicity and Authority in the De vulgari eloquentia,” rpt. in Dante: The Critical Complex, Volume 1.  Dante and Beatrice: The Poet’s Life and the Invention of Poetry.Ed. Richard Lansing.  Routledge: London, 2003.  Pp. 46- 91.

“Il sepolcro liberato: Tasso e la morte epica”, in the Atti del Convegno Torquato Tasso, 1595-1995, ed. Gianni Venturi, 1999.  Edited Italian translation of “Liberating the Tomb” listed above.

“Faith as Cover-Up: An Ethical Fable from Early Modern Italy,” locally published monograph of The 1997 Morrison Inaugural Lecture, special printing by the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 1997 [1998], appeared slightly revised in I Tatti Studies (listed above).

“Palinode and History in the Oeuvre of Dante, in Dante: Contemporary Perspectives, ed. Amilcare A. Iannucci (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997).  A slightly shortened version of the essay listed above.

“Letture critiche del Furioso,” excerpt from Ariosto’s Bitter Harmony, chap. 2, translated and reprinted in Schifanoia, 9 (1990).


“Response to Alan Liu, ‘The Downsizing of Knowledge,’“ Occasional Papers of the Townsend Center for the Humanities, ed, Randolph Starn, 1999.


“History’s Truth” (review essay occasioned by Maria Rosa Menocal’s Writing in Dante’s Cult of Truth: From Borges to Boccaccio), Envoi. (1992 [1998])


“Machiavelli’s Literary Works,” in The Encyclopedia of the Renaissance, ed. Paul Grendler, Charles Schribner 2000

“Ariosto,” “Authority,” and “The Epistle to Cangrande,” in The Dante Encyclopedia, ed. Richard Lansing, Garland Press 2000


Zygmunt Baranski, Dante e i segni and “Chiosar con altro testo.” Speculum, 2004.

Gregory Stone, The Ethics of Nature in the Middle Ages: On Boccaccio’s Poetaphysics, The Medieval Review (electronic journal), 1999

Clare Carroll, The “Orlando Furioso”: A Stoic Comedy, Renaissance Quarterly, 1999.

William Kennedy, Authorizing Petrarch, Sixteenth Century Journal, 1997.

John Najemy, Between Friends: Discourses of Power and Desire in the Machiavelli-Vettori Letters of 1513-1515, Speculum, 1995.

Robert M. Durling and Ronald L. Martinez, Time and the Crystal: Studies in Dante’s Rime Petrose, in Speculum, 1993.

Marianne Shapiro, The Poetics of Ariosto, in Comparative Literature, 1992.

Janet Smarr, Boccaccio and Fiammetta: The Narrator as Lover, in Romance Quarterly, 1990.

R. Rodini and S. DiMaria, Ludovico Ariosto: An Annotated Bibliography of Criticism, in The Canadian Journal of Italian Studies, 1988.

Constance Jordan, Pulci’s Morgante, in Renaissance Quarterly, 1988.

Peter Wiggins, Figures in Ariosto’s Tapestry, in Renaissance Quarterly, 1987.

Elizabeth Chesney, The Countervoyage of Rabelais and Ariosto, in Italica, 1987.

Giuseppe Dalla Palma, Le strutture narrative dell’Orlando furioso, in Renaissance Quarterly, 1985.

Daniela Delcorno-Branca, L’Orlando furioso e il romanzo cavalleresco medievale,in Italica, 1983.