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Stephanie Jed

Ph.D. (Yale)

Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature

Primary Office: LIT 346
Primary Phone: (858) 534-3378
Quarterly Office Hours

Section Head, Literatures of the World

Italian early modern literature; medieval Italian literature; Italian humanism; comparative early modern constructions of knowledge (Italian, French, English, Spanish); paleography, the history of libraries, the history of writing; gender studies; interdisciplinary theory; language acquisition; language and movement; neuroscience and literature.

Selected Publications:


Chaste Thinking: The Rape of Lucretia and the Birth of Humanism. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1989.

Wings for our Courage: Gender, Erudition, and Republican Thought. University of California Press, FlashPoints series, 2011.


"The Scene of Tyranny: Humanism and the History of Writing," in The Violence of Representation. London: Routledge, 1989.

"Chastity on the Page: A Feminist Use of Paleography," Refiguring Woman: Perspectives on Gender and the Italian Renaissance, eds. Marilyn Migiel and Juliana Schiesari. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1991.

"Making History Straight: Collecting and Recording in Sixteenth Century Italy," Bucknell Review, 35.2 (1992): 104-120.

"The Tenth Muse: Gender, Rationality, and the Marketing of Knowledge," Women, "Race," and Writing in the Early Modern Period, eds. Margo Hendricks and Patricia Parker. London and New York: Routledge, 1994.

"Relations of Prose: Knights Errant in the Archives of Early Modern Italy" The Project of Prose in the Early Modern West, eds. Fowler and Greene. Cambridge University Press, 1997.

"Reorganizing Knowledge: A Feminist Scholar's Everyday Relation to the Florentine Past," eds. Patricia Fumerton and Simon Hunt, Renaissance Culture and the Everyday. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999. Wings for Our Courage

"Proof and Transnational Rhetorics: Opening Up the Conversation," History and Theory 40:3 (2001): 372-384.

"Arcangela Tarabotti and Gabriel Naudé: Libraries, Taxonomies and Ragion di Stato." In Elissa B. Weaver, ed., Arcangela Tarabotti: A Literary Nun in Baroque Venice (Ravenna: Longo Editore, 2006): 129-140.

"Social Spaces of History: Gender, Erudition, and the Italian Nation." In Shemek and Wyatt, eds. Writing Relations: American Scholars in Italian Archives (Firenze: Olschki Editore, 2008): 165-190.