Victoria E. Kirkham

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Professor Emerita of Romance Languages
Contact Information
(215) 898-6028
(215) 898-0933
Office Location: 
534 Williams Hall

Prof. Kirkham's interests are Italian literature of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Catholic Reformation, and Seicento, interdisciplinary relations between literary and visual traditions, numerology in literature, women's writing, cinema. She is the co-author of Diana's Hunt, Caccia di Diana: Boccaccio's First Fiction (1991); the author of The Sign of Reason in Boccaccio's Fiction (1993); and Fabulous Vernacular: Boccaccio's Filocolo and the Art of Medieval Fiction, which won the Modern Language Association of America's Scaglione Publication Award for best Manuscript in Italian Literary Studies for 2000. Her articles range widely, on Dante, Boccaccio, 16 th-c. culture, Antonioni, and Benigni. She is editor of Laura Battiferra and Her Literary Circle: An Anthology (2006), The Decameron: Second Day in Perspective (in progress); and co-editor of Boccaccio 1990: The Poet and his Renaissance Reception (1992); Strong Voices, Weak History: Early Women Writers and Canons in England, France, and Italy (2005); Francesco Petrarca: A Critical Guide to the Complete Works (2009). A former Fulbright Scholar, she has held fellowships from the Harvard Center for Renaissance Studies in Florence, NEH, the Newberry Library, the Guggenheim, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Villa Serbelloni at Bellagio, and the Liguria Center for the Arts and Humanities at Bogliasco. Twice past president of the American Boccaccio Association, she is currently co-editing Boccaccio: A Critical Guide to the Complete Works and working on her book, Christian Partners: The Marriage of Laura Battiferra and Bartolomeo Ammannati