Eugenio Refini

Assistant Professor of Italian Studies

Program: Italian
Gilman 422
Tuesday 2:00 to 4:00pm or by appointment
410-516-8768
erefini1@jhu.edu
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Eugenio Refini is assistant professor of Italian studies at Johns Hopkins University.

He obtained his PhD from the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa (2010). He was research fellow at the University of Warwick (2010–2013), Ahmanson fellow at Villa I Tatti – The Harvard University Center of Italian Studies (2013–2014), as well as the recipient of visiting fellowships from the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, the University of Geneva, and the Harry Ransom Research Center at the University of Texas, Austin.

His main research interests are Renaissance poetics, rhetoric, and drama; the Classical tradition; and the intersections of music and literature. His publications include a monograph on Alessandro Piccolomini and several articles and book chapters on Ludovico Ariosto, Torquato Tasso, Giovan Battista Della Porta, Latin Humanism and vernacular translation, the early modern reception of the "sublime."

Undergraduate Courses

Great Books at Hopkins (Fall 2018)

The Prince and the Demagogue: Machiavelli to House of Cards (Spring 2018)

Topics in Romance Literatures | Voicing the Body: Sex and Desire in Medieval Poetry (Spring 2018)

Italies: Politics, Culture, and Society (Summer 2017, International Studies Summer School at SAIS Bologna)

Drama Queens: Opera, Gender, and the Poetics of Excess (Spring 2017)

Barbers and Countesses: Conflict and change in the Figaro trilogy from the age of Mozart to the 20th century (Spring 2016)

Freshmem Seminar: Dangerous Liaisons: Words and Music through the Ages (Fall 2015, Fall 2016)

Shakespeare on the Opera Stage (Spring 2015)

Gendered Voices (Fall 2014)

Graduate Seminars

Ariadne’s Threads: Metamorphosing Mythologies (Fall 2018)

Staging the World: Allegory, Metaphor, and Drama (Spring 2017)

Translation and Vernacular Readership in Italy, 1250-1500 (Fall 2016)

The Commentary Tradition and the Birth of Literary Scholarship (Spring 2016)

The Sound of Poetry: Early Modern Approaches to Poetics, Rhetoric, and Music (Fall 2015)

Translating Knowledge: Brunetto Latini’s Tresor and Dante’s Convivio (Spring 2015)

Michelangelo’s Echo: Performing Identities through Poetry and Music (Fall 2014)

 

Single-authored book/ monograph

Vernacular Readings of Aristotle from the Age of Dante to the Advent of Print (under contract with Cambridge University Press, publication expected 2019).

Per via d’annotationi: Le glosse inedite di Alessandro Piccolomini all’Ars Poetica di Orazio (Lucca: Pacini Fazzi, 2009).

Edited and co-authored books

La Comédie à l’époque d’Henri III (1580-1589), ed. by M. Miotti, J. Balsamo, A. Bettoni, E. Refini (Florence: Leo S. Olschki ed., 2017).

Aristotele fatto volgare: filosofia aristotelica e volgare nel Rinascimento, ed. by David A. Lines and Eugenio Refini (Pisa: ETS, 2014).

Alessandro Piccolomini, Discorso fatto in tempo di Repubblica, ed. by Eugenio Refini and Franco Tomasi (Siena: Accademia degli Intronati, 2008).

Per Michele Dell’Aquila: Studi su Ottocento e Novecento, ed. by Bruno Porcelli and Eugenio Refini (Pisa: Accademia Editoriale, 2007).

Online Publications

Eugenio Refini, with the collaboration of David A. Lines, Simon Gilson, and Jill Kraye, Vernacular Aristotelianism in Renaissance Italy: A Database of Works.

Journal Articles

“Bodily Passions: Physiognomy and Drama in Giovan Battista Della Porta,” Renaissance and Reformation, 40:1 (2017), 121-40.

“‘Soni Fiunt Suaviores’: Musical Implications in the Early Modern Reception of Longinus’ Peri Hupsous,” LIAS - Journal of Early Modern Intellectual Culture and its Sources, 43/2 (2016), 241-62.

“Reappraising the Charlatan in Early Modern Italy: The Case of Iacopo Coppa,” Italian Studies, 71 (2016), 1-15.

“‘Non solo delle opinioni, ma delle parole ancora’: Alessandro Piccolomini volgarizzatore rinascimentale di Aristotele e la sua teoria della traduzione,” Tradurre: pratiche teorie strumenti, 8 (2015) [http://rivistatradurre.it/]

“Darkening the Renaissance: Giuseppe Verdi between Romantic Drama and Societal Critique,” Italian Studies Library Group Bulletin, 12/13 (2013-2014), 30-37.

“Aristotile in parlare materno: Vernacular Readings of the Ethics in the Quattrocento,” I Tatti Studies, 16 (2013), 311-341.

“Giuditta, Armida ed il velo della seduzione,” Italian Studies, 68:1 (2013), 78-98.

“Logic, Rhetoric and Poetics as Rational Faculties in Alessandro Piccolomini’s Map of Knowledge,” Philosophical Readings, 4:2 (2012), 24-35.

“De bons et modernes esprits sénois: Il modello teatrale senese nell’Epistre du traducteur di Charles Estienne (1543),” Bullettino senese di storia patria, 117 (2010), 524-42.

“Leggere vedendo, vedere leggendo: Osservazioni su testo iconico e verbale nella struttura della Hypnerotomachia Poliphili,” Italianistica, 38:2 (2009), 141-64.

“Profiter de quelque chose à ma république: Poetica e politica nell’epistola De l’art de la tragédie di Jean de La Taille,” Studi francesi, 53:2 (2009), 235-51.

“L’identificazione sconfessata: Lettura di Paolo e Virginia. I figli dell’infortunio di Guido Gozzano,” Italianistica, 37:2 (2008), 89-103.

Erbolato et Negromante: Les deux faces du charlatan chez l’Arioste,” Les Lettres Romanes, 62 (2008), 225-41.

“L’isola-balena tra Furioso e Cinque canti,” Italianistica, 37:3 (2008), 87-101.

“Le “gioconde favole” e il “numeroso concento”: Alessandro Piccolomini interprete e imitatore di Orazio nei Cento sonetti, 1549,” Italique, 10 (2007), 15-57.

“Un frammento autografo dell’Ulisse di Giovan Battista della Porta,” Giornale storico della letteratura italiana, 184:1 (2007), 43-70.

“Prologhi figurati: Appunti sull’uso della prosopopea nel prologo teatrale del Cinquecento,” Italianistica, 35:3 (2006), 61-86.

Book Chapters

(forthcoming) ““A necromancer in the midst of his own enchantments:” Reading the Orlando Furioso through Music,” in Antonio Ricci (ed.), The Orlando Furioso from Print to Digital: Five Centuries of Reading Ariosto (Toronto: Toronto University Press; under review).

(forthcoming) “Reforming drama: theater as spiritual practice in the works of Fabio Glissenti,” in Shannon McHugh and Anna Wainwright (eds.), Innovation in the Italian Counter-Reformation (Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press; accepted).

(forthcoming) “Della Porta, Giovan Battista,” in E. Russo, M. Motolese et al. (eds.), Autografi dei letterati Italiani. Il Cinquecento. Tomo Terzo (Rome: Salerno editore; accepted).

(forthcoming) “Canto XLIV,” in Lettura del «Furioso», ed. by G. Bucchi, A. Izzo, F. Tomasi (Florence: SISMEL; accepted).

(forthcoming) “Ludovico Ariosto”, in A Pocket Gadda Encyclopedia, ed. by Federica Pedriali and Alberto Godioli (Florence: Cesati; accepted).

“La voix des sirènes : réécritures du roman chevaleresque dans le théâtre musical du xviie siècle,” in Magda Campanini (ed.), Dramaturgies vagabondes, migrations romanesques. Croisements entre théâtre et roman (XVIe-XVIIe siècles) (Paris: Honoré Champion), 95-106.

“Biblical and Aristotelian Patterns in Machiavelli’s Prince, chapter 22,” in Machiavelli’s Prince: Tradition and Translation, ed. by Martin McLaughlin and Nicola Gardini (Rome: Viella, 2017), 153-64.

“‘By Imitating Our Nurses:’ Latin and Vernacular in the Renaissance,” in William Caferro (ed.), The Routledge History of the Renaissance (London: Routledge, 2017), 46-61.

“L’incantesimo di Alcina: variazioni operistiche su un mito letterario,” in Il lettore creativo: studi per Lina Bolzoni, ed. by Maria Pia Ellero, Matteo Residori, Massimiliano Rossi, Andrea Torre (Lucca: Pacini Fazzi, 2017), 325-40.

*“«La Italia tutta a fiamma e a foco»: Storia e attualità nel poema epico-cavalleresco,” in Mariangela Miotti (ed.), Rappresentare la storia: letteratura e attualità nella Francia e nell’Europa del XVI secolo (Perugia: Aguaplano, 2016), 1-11.

“Aristotelian Commentaries and the Dialogue Form”, in Philosophy and Knowledge in the Renaissance: Interpreting Aristotle in the Vernacular, ed. by Luca Bianchi, Simon Gilson, and Jill Kraye (London: The Warburg Institute, 2016), 93-107.

“D’Oxford à Genève en passant par Bâle : Allégorie et jeu comique dans le Triomphe de Jésus Christ de Jacques Bienvenu,” in Véronique Ferrer, Rosanna Gorris (eds.), Les Muses Sacrées: Poésie et Théâtre de la Réforme entre France et Italie (Geneva: Droz, 2016), pp. 339-356.

“«Io vorrei trasformarmi in libri»: note sul carteggio dellaportiano,” in Marco Santoro (ed.), La “mirabile” natura. Magia e scienza in Giovan Battista Della Porta (Pisa: Accademia Editoriale, 2016), pp. 307-314.

“Benjamin Britten interprete di Michelangelo: ispirazione biografica e riscrittura della tradizione,” in Benjamin Britten: un altro Novecento (Lucca: LIM, 2015), pp. 165-174.

“Shifting Identities: Jacopo Campora’s De immortalitate anime from Manuscript to Print,” in Remembering the Middle Ages in Early Modern Italy, ed. by Lorenzo Pericolo and Jessica Richardson (Turnhout: Brepols, 2015), pp. 67-80.

“The Courtier and the Philosopher’s Stone: Dialogue and Conflict in Fabio Glissenti’s Discorsi morali,” in Renaissance Conflict and Rivalries: Forms, ed. by Marc Laureys and David A. Lines (Göttingen: V&R Unipress, 2015), pp. 207-222.

“Per un database dell’aristotelismo volgare in Italia (c. 1400 – c. 1650),” in Aristotele fatto volgare: Tradizione aristotelica e cultura volgare nel Rinascimento, ed. by David A. Lines and Eugenio Refini (Pisa: ETS, 2014), pp. 201-205.

“Quasi una tragedia delle attioni humane: le tragique entre allégorie et édification morale dans l’oeuvre de Fabio Glissenti,” in Idées et formes du tragique dans la société et la culture italienne, ed. by Patrizia De Capitani (Grenoble: Ellug, 2014), pp. 185-198.

“Alessandro Piccolomini,” in Autografi dei letterati italiani. Il Cinquecento. Tomo II, ed. by Matteo Motolese, Paolo Procaccioli, and Emilio Russo (Rome: Salerno editrice, 2013), pp. 305-319.

Mirabilia Naturae tra scienza e poesia nel carme In Thermas Pythias tradotto e commentato da Claudio Ancantero,” in Le Salut par les Eaux et par les Herbes. Medicina e Letteratura tra Italia e Francia nel Cinquecento e nel Seicento, ed. by Rosanna Gorris Camos (Verona: Cierre Grafica, 2012), pp. 13-33.

“Longinus and Poetic Imagination in Late Renaissance Literary Theory,” in Translations of the Sublime: The Early Modern Reception and Dissemination of Longinus’ Peri Hupsous in Rhetoric, the Visual Arts, Architecture and the Theatre, ed. by Caroline Van Eck and Martin Delbeke (Leiden: Brill, 2012), pp. 33-53.

“Il commento ai classici nell’esperienza intellettuale di Alessandro Piccolomini,” in Alessandro Piccolomini (1508-1579): un Siennois à la croisée des genres et des savoirs, ed. by Marie-Françoise Piéjus and Matteo Residori (Paris: Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2012), pp. 259-273.

“Con bel parlar: Il fascino ambiguo di Giuditta figura eloquentiae tra Petrarca e Possevino,” in Le donne della Bibbia, la Bibbia delle donne. Teatro, letteratura e vita, ed. by Rosanna Gorris Camos (Fasano: Schena, 2012), pp. 235-246.

“Come il Petrarca fa molte volte: Esercizio critico ed esperienza lirica nella Lettura padovana di Alessandro Piccolomini (1541),” in Il poeta e il suo pubblico: lettura e commento dei testi lirici nel Cinquecento, ed. by M. Danzi and R. Leporatti (Geneva: Droz, 2012), pp. 311-327.

“Parole per musica: alcune note sul libretto di Francesco Sbarra,” in Marcantonio Cesti, Le disgrazie d’amore (1667). Libretto e Programma di Sala (Pisa: Teatro Verdi, 2009).

“L’île qui bouge: Quelques remarques sur un lieu commun de la tradition chevaleresque à la Renaissance,” in Espaces chevaleresques et héroïques de Boiardo à Marino, ed. by Matteo Residori (Paris: Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2008), pp. 113-154.

Catalogue Entries

Venice and Aristotle (c. 1450–c. 1600): From Greek and Latin to the Vernacular, ed. by A. Cotugno and D.A. Lines (Venice: Marcianum Press, 2016), pp. 40-43.

Select Book Reviews

Andrea Rizzi, Vernaculars Translators in Quattrocento Italy (Turnhout: Brepols, 2017), The Medieval Review (2018)

Edward M. Anderson, Ariosto, Opera, and the 17th century: Evolution In The Poetics Of Delight (Florence: Leo S. Olschki, 2017), Germanisch-Romanische Monatsschrift, 67:4 (2017), 464-65.

Franco Tomasi (ed.) Alessandro Piccolomini, Cento Sonetti (Geneva: Droz, 2015), Renaissance Quarterly, 70:3 (2017), 1029-31.

William J. Connell, Machiavelli nel Rinascimento Italiano (Milan: Franco Angeli, 2015), Italian Culture, 35:2 (2017), 143-45.

Il mecenatismo di Caterina de’ Medici: Poesia, feste, musica, pittura, scultura, architettura, ed. by Sabine Frommel and Gerhard Wolf (Venice: Marsilio, 2008), Italianistica, 39:3 (2010), 182-184.

Virginia Cox, Women’s Writing in Italy. 1400-1650 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2008), Italianistica, 39:2 (2010), 174-178.

Alessandra Villa, Istruire e rappresentare Isabella d’Este. Il “Libro de natura de amore” di Mario Equicola (Lucca: Pacini Fazzi, 2006), Italianistica, 37:1 (2008), 167-170.

Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472) tra scienze e lettere, ed. by Alberto Beniscelli and Francesco Furlan (Genova: Accademia Ligure di Scienze e Lettere 2005), Italianistica, 35:2 (2006), 131-136.

Giovan Battista Della Porta, Teatro - Quarto tomo: Commedie (La Chiappinaria, La Furiosa, I Duo Fratelli simili, La Tabernaria), ed. by Raffaele Sirri (Naples: ESI, 2003), in Italianistica, 34:1 (2005), 113-116.

 

 

 

 

Vernacular Readings of Aristotle from the Age of Dante to the Advent of Print (under contract with Cambridge University Press, publication expected 2019).