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Scholarly Interest Report
Edward Anderson
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor of Humanities
  • PhD (cantab) Italian literature (2009) University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England
  • AB History (major) French (minor) (1987) University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California
  • MA Italian language and literature (1988) Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont
Department Affiliations
  • School of Humanities
     Classical Studies faculty page
    Research Areas
     history of Italian literature, music history, early modern European intellectual history, artistic patronage, comparative literature

    Assistant Professor of Humanities


    My central focus is on the history of Italian Renaissance and Baroque literature.

    My first monograph (book proposal in preparation) examines the musical reception (1517-1699) of the Italian Renaissance poem Orlando furioso with special reference to questions of 'autorità' and 'meraviglia', musical-poetic prosody, the poetics of gallimaufry and of Arcadian reform.

    My second monograph (preliminary research in progress) will offer an account of the musical poetics of delight in Italy, France, and Spain in the seventeenth century.

    Teaching Areas
     classical studies (classical legacy), music history, humanities curriculum, Italian literature and language
    Selected Publications

    Ariosto, Opera, and the Seventeenth Century. Evolution in the Poetics of Delight.

    This monograph in four (4) volumes will be published in Florence by Leo S. Olschki Editore.


    Ariosto, Opera & the Seventeenth Century — Evolution in the Poetics of Delight

    (submitted) This 90,000-word monograph is now (02/2012) being considered by the external readers of the Casa Editrice Leo S. Olschki in Florence (Italy) for eventual publication in the "Historiae Musica Cultores" series

     Refereed conference papers

    Staging the poet — Ariosto in Early Seicento Musical Drama' — Society of Seventeenth-Century Music, Annual Conference, Minnesota (April 2011)


    a transcription of the the Italian text from the musical score of Alessandro Scarlatti, and a translation into English - to be submitted (2012) to A-R Editions (Middleton, Wisconsin) with another cantata

     Seminar Speaker

    "Matteo D'Amico 'Stabat mater' in composer's workshop 16 October 2009." Rice University, Shepherd School of Music. (16 October 2009)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Paul Butt, The Italian Organ as a Mirror of Its Time. (Thesis Committee Member)