Juliana Schiesari

A picture of Professor Schiesari, smiling at the viewer

Position Title
Professor Emerita of Italian and Comparative Literature

Unit
Comparative Literature
French and Italian

806 Sproul
Bio

Education and Degree(s)

  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
  • M.A., University of California, Berkeley
  • A.B., German, Washington University in St. Louis

Research Interest(s)

  • Renaissance Literature of Italy, France and England (some interest in early modern German literature)
  • Psychoanalysis, with a special interest in mourning and trauma
  • Gender studies
  • Feminist Theory
  • Post-humanist Theory with an emphasis on animals and human culture

Profile

Juliana Schiesari is the author of The Gendering of Melancholia: Feminism, Psychoanalysis and the Symbolics of Loss in Renaissance Literature, and co-editor of Refiguring Woman: Perspectives on Gender and the Italian Renaissance. Her areas of research include: feminist theory, psychoanalysis, Renaissance and early modern literature, women's literature and cultural studies. She is currently writing a book on the politics of domestication of women and animals.

Selected Publications

    Polymorphous Domesticities: Pets, Bodies and Desire in Four Modern Writers (University of California Press, 2011)

    • "Melancholia and Mourning Animals: JM Coetzee" in The Literature of Melancholia: Early Modern to Post Modern, eds. Martin Middeke and Christina Wald (Palgrave, 2011)
    • Beasts and Beauties: Animals, Gender, and Domestication in the Italian Renaissance (Univ. of Toronto Press, 2010)
    • The Gendering of Melancholia: Feminism, Psychoanalysis and the Symbolics of Loss in Renaissance Literature (Cornell University Press, 1992)
    • Refiguring Woman: Perspectives on Gender and the Italian Renaissance, co-edited with Marilyn Migiel (Cornell University Press, 1991)