Barbara Spackman Full List of Publications


Decadent Genealogies: The Rhetoric of Sickness from Baudelaire to D’Annunzio. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1989.

Fascist Virilities: Rhetoric, Ideology, and Social Fantasy in Italy. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1996.


Co-editor (with Jeffrey Schnapp), Special Issue of Stanford Italian Review 8:1-2 (1990) “Fascism and Culture”


“Il verbo (e)sangue: Gabriele D’Annunzio and the Ritualization of Violence.” Quaderni d’italianistica 4: 2 (1983), 218-229.

“Nietzsche, D’Annunzio and the Scene of Convalescence.” Stanford Italian Review 6: 1-2 (1986), 141-157.

“Pandora’s Box.” Quaderni Dannunziani 3-4 (1988), 61-73.

“The Fascist Rhetoric of Virility.” Stanford Italian Review 8: 1-2 (1990), 81-101.

“Machiavelli and Maxims.” In Reading the Archive: On Texts and Institutions. Ed. E. S. Burt and Janie Vanpée. Yale French Studies 77 (1990), 137-155.

“Inter ursam et musam moritur: Folengo and the Gaping Other Mouth.” In Refiguring Woman: Gender Studies in the Italian Renaissance. Ed. Juliana Schiesari and Marilyn Migiel. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1991, 19-34.

“Politics on the Warpath: Machiavelli’s Art of War.” In Machiavelli and Literature. Ed. Victoria Kahn and Albert Ascoli. Ithaca: Cornell University Press 1993, 179-193.

“Mafarka and Son: Marinetti’s Homophobic Economics.” Modernism/Modernity 1: 3 (1994) 89-107.

“Fascist Women and the Rhetoric of Virility.” In Mothers of Invention: Critical Studies on Women in Italian Culture and Society during Fascism. Ed. Robin Pickering-Iazzi. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1995, 100-120.

“Recycling Baudelaire: The Decadence of Catulle Mendès.” In The Decadent Reader. Ed. Asti Hustvedt. New York: Zone Press, 1998.

“Interversions.” In Perennial Decay: The Aesthetics and Politics of Decadence Ed. Elizabeth Constable, Dennis Dennisoff, and Matthew Potolsky. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998, 35-49.

“Monstrous Knowledge.” In Literary Monsters. Ed. Keala J. Jewell. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2001, 297-310.

“Fascist Puerility.” In Qui Parle 13: 1 (2001), 13-28.

“Shopping for Autarchy: Fascism and Reproductive Fantasy in Mario Camerini’s Grandi magazzini.” In Reviewing Fascism: Italian Cinema 1922-1943. Ed. Jacqueline Reich and Piero Garofalo. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2002, 276-292.

“D’Annunzio e la scena della convalescenza.” In Maschilita’ decadenti. Ed. Marco Pustianaz and Luisa Villa. Bergamo, Italy: Bergamo University Press, 2004, 139-158.

“Detourism: Orienting Italy in Amalia Nizzoli’s Memorie sull’Egitto.” The Italianist 25 (2005) 35-54.

“Calvino’s Non-Knowledge.” Romance Studies 26: 1(January 2008) 7-19.

“Hygiene in the Harem: The Orientalism of Cristina di Belgioioso.” MLN Italian Issue 124: 1 (January 2009) 158-176.

“Puntini, Puntini, Puntini: Motherliness as Masquerade in Sibilla Aleramo’s Una donna.” MLN Comparative Literature Issue Supplement: Special Issue in Honor of John Freccero 124.5 (December 2009) S210-S223.

“Machiavelli and Gender.” In The Cambridge Companion to Machiavelli. Ed. John Najemy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010, 223-238.

“Oltre la nazione, dopo il genere?”In Verso una storia di genere della letteratura italiana. Percorsi critici e gender studies. Ed. Virginia Cox and Chiara Ferrari. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2012, 193-209.

“Touching the Future: Marinetti’s Haptic Aesthetic.” In Beyond Futurism: Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Writer. For the Centennial of the Italian Avant-Garde. Ed. Gino Tellini and Paolo Valesio. Florence: Societa’ Editrice Fiorentina, 2011, 159-171.

Italiani DOC: Passing and Posing from Giovanni Finati to Amara Lakhous.” California Italian Studies Journal 2 (1). ismrg_cisj_8973.

“Muslim in Milan: The Orientalism of Leda Rafanelli.” In Orientalismi italiani. Ed. Gabriele Proglio. Alba, Italy: Antares, 2012, 74-89.


“Preface to Francesco Cangiullo’s ‘Viva Marinetti'” Yale Italian Studies 1980.

“Adriana Cavarero” and “Luisa Muraro.” In A Feminist Encyclopedia of Italian Literature. Ed. Rinaldina Russell. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1997.

“D’Annunzio.” In Il fascismo. Un dizionario critico. Eds. Victoria De Grazia and Sergio Luzzato. (Turin: Einaudi, 2002) I: 383-88.

“I discorsi del Duce.” In Il fascismo. Un dizionario critico. Eds. Victoria De Grazia and Sergio Luzzato. (Turin: Einaudi, 2002) I: 429-32

“Virilità.” In Il fascismo. Un dizionario critico. Eds. Victoria De Grazia and Sergio Luzzato. (Turin: Einaudi, 2002) II: 790-91.

“On ‘Cultural Studies’: A Response to Remo Ceserani, Italica 81:3 (Autumn 2004) 421-24.


Charles Klopp, D’Annunzio. Italica 67: 4 (Winter 1991), 506-08.

Victoria De Grazia, How Fascism Ruled Women, and Philip V. Cannistraro and Brian R. Sullivan, Il Duce’s Other Woman. Modernism/Modernity 1: 3 (1994) 238-240.

Mary Ann Frese Witt, The Search for Modern Tragedy: Aesthetic Fascism in Italy and France. Modern Philology 101 (2003): 651-54.

Massimo Scalabrini, L’incarnazione del macaronico. Renaissance Quarterly 57: 4 (Winter 2004) 1369-1371.

Ellen Nerenberg, Prison Terms: Representing Confinement during and after Italian Fascism. Forthcoming in The Canadian Review of Comparative Literature.

Kriss Ravetto, Unmaking Fascist Aesthetics, and Richard Etlin, Ed, Art, Culture, and Media Under the Third Reich. Political Communication 23:3 (July-September 2006) 356-358.


In On Signs. Ed. Marshall Blonsky. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1985:
Umberto Eco. “Strategies of Lying.” (With John Shepley) 3-11, and Umberto Eco. “Towards a New Middle Ages.” (With John Shepley) 157-175.

In Recoding Metaphysics, Ed. Giovanna Borradori. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1988:
Gianni Vattimo. “Metaphysics, Violence, Secularization.” 45-61, and”Towards an Ontology of Decline.” 63-75.
Mario Perniola. “Venusian charme.” 93-103
Mario Perniola. “Decorum and Ceremony.” 105-116.

In Stanford Italian Review 8:1-2 (1990), 235-272:
Curzio Malaparte. Excerpts from “Thrust and Parry.”
Mario Puccini. Excerpts from “A Fascist Art.”
Alessandro Pavolini. Excerpts from “On Fascist Art.” (With Elizabeth MacIntosh).
Ardengo Soffici. Excerpts from “Fascist Art.” (With Elizabeth MacIntosh).
Massimo Bontempelli. Excerpts from “Fascist Art.” (With Elizabeth MacIntosh).
Anton Giulio Bragaglia. Excerpts from “The Style is the Era.” (With Elizabeth MacIntosh).
F. T. Marinetti. Excerpts from Critica fascista. (With Jennifer Roberts).
Antonio Aniante. Excerpts from Critica fascista. (With Jennifer Roberts).
Cipriano Efisio Oppo. Excerpts from Critica fascista. (With Jennifer Roberts).
G. Bottai. “Outcome of the Fascist Art Inquiry.” (With Jennifer Roberts).