Director of Italian Studies.
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley (2008), MA University of Notre Dame (2002). Director of Italian Studies and Associate Professor of Italian; Faculty Affiliate, Department of Gender & Women's Studies; Member of Classics Executive Committee. Dr. Feng specializes in late-Medieval and Renaissance Italian literature with comparative interests in Latin and Medieval-Renaissance French literature. Her research and teaching interests include literature and politics, Italian lyric, especially Petrarch, neo-Latin humanism (Quattrocento), Petrarchism in Italy and France, Querelle des femmes, Questione della lingua, Renaissance exemplarity, and early modern conceptions of gender performativity.
2016-2017: Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fellow, Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies, Florence, Italy. http://itatti.harvard.edu/people/aileen-feng
Monographs & Scholarly books
Writing Beloveds: Humanist Petrarchism and the Politics of Gender. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017.
The Poetry of Burchiello (ca. 1404-1449): Deep-fried Nouns, Hunchbacked Pumpkins, and Other Nonsense. Trans. and notes by Fabian Alfie and Aileen A. Feng. Tempe, AZ: ACMRS Press, 2017.
Rethinking Gaspara Stampa in the Canon of Renaissance Poetry. Ed. Unn Falkeid & Aileen A. Feng. Farnham: Ashgate, 2015 (now published by Routledge).
(now published by Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/products/9781472427069)
Peer-refereed Articles & Chapters in Scholarly Books
“Cesca e lo specchio: Gendered Mirrorings, Female Vanity, and Exemplarity in Decameron VI.8” Lectura Boccaccii, Day 6 in Perspective. Ed. David Lummus. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2021.
“Laura Cereta.” Oxford Bibliographies in Renaissance and Reformation. Ed. Margaret King. New York: Oxford University Press, 2020.
“Editors’ Introduction.” The Poetry of Burchiello (ca. 1404-1449): Deep-fried Nouns, Hunchbacked Pumpkins, and Other Nonsense. Trans. and notes by Fabian Alfie and Aileen A. Feng. Tempe, AZ: ACMRS Press, 2017. 50% authorship.
“Editors’ Introduction.” Rethinking Gaspara Stampa in the Canon of Renaissance Poetry. Ed. Unn Falkeid and Aileen A. Feng. Women and Gender in the Early Modern World Series. Farnham: Ashgate, 2015. pp. 1-12. 50% authorship.
“Desiring Subjects: Mimetic Desire and Female Invidia in Gaspara Stampa’s Rime.” Rethinking Gaspara Stampa in the Canon of Renaissance Poetry. Ed. Unn Falkeid & Aileen A. Feng. Farnham: Ashgate, 2015. pp. 75-91.
“'Volto di Medusa’: Monumentalizing the self in Petrarch’s Rerum Vulgarium Fragmenta.” Forum Italicum 47.3 (November 2013): 494 – 518.
“In Laura’s Shadow: Casting Female Humanists as Petrarchan Beloveds in Quattrocento Letters.” The Inner Life of Women in Medieval Romance Literature: Grief, Guilt, and Hypocrisy. Ed. Jeff Rider and Jamie Friedman. New Middle Ages Series. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. pp. 223-247.
Kennedy, William J. Petrarchism at Work: Contextual Economies in the Age of Shakespeare. Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 2016. (Renaissance Quarterly 72.3, Fall 2019)
Ray, Meredith K. Daughters of Alchemy. Women and Scientific Culture in Early Modern Italy. Cambridge MA: Harvard UP, 2015. (Italica 94.1)
Morabito, Raffaele. L’evo e il tempo del Canzoniere. Florence: Olschki, 2015. (Renaissance Quarterly 69.4)
Carocci, Anna. “Non si odono altri canti”: Leonardo Giustinian nella Venezia del Quattrocento. Con l’edizione delle canzonette secondo il ms. Marciano It. IX 486. Rome: Viella, 2014. (Renaissance Quarterly 69.2: 777-778)
Tronzo, William. Petrarch's Two Gardens: Landscape and the Image of Movement. New York: Italica Press, 2014. (Speculum 90/1 [January 2015]: 304-305).
Robins, William, ed. Textual Cultures of Medieval Italy. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011. (Speculum 88.4 [October 2013]: 1149-1151).
Kirkham, Victoria & Armando Maggi, eds. Petrarch. A Critical Guide to the Complete Works. Chicago: U of Chicago Press, 2009. (Annali d’italianistica 29 [November 2011]: 519-522).
Ray, Meredith. Gender in Women’s Letter Collections of the Italian Renaissance. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009. (Annali d’Italianistica 28 [November 2010]: 531-533)
WORKS IN PROGRESS
Feminism's First Paradox: Female Misogyny and Homosociality in Early Modern Italy and France (monograph).