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Laurie Shepard
Associate Professor of Italian

romance languages and literatures

Academic Degrees

Ph.D., Boston College; B.A., Wesleyan University

Research Areas

Acquiring authority and gaining access to the public forum in medieval and early modern Italy; Italian Renaissance comedy as a reflection of urban society.

Books

Courting Power: Persuasion and Politics in the Early Thirteenth Century

Courting Power: Persuasion and Politics in the Early Thirteenth Century. New York and London: Garland Publishing, 1999.

Songs of the Women Troubadours

Songs of the Women Troubadours. Co-editors, Matilda Bruckner, Laurie Shepard, and Sarah White. New York and London: Garland Publishing, 1995 (paperback 2000).

Recent Articles and Book Chapters

“The Power of the Word: Pasquinades and Other Voices of Dissent.” The Pamphilj and the Arts: Patronage and Consumption in Baroque Rome. Ed. Stephanie C. Leone. Chestnut Hill: McMullen Museum of Art, 2011, pp. 199-209.

Recent Papers and Presentations

“Compromised Utopia: The Comedies of Gli Intronati of Siena.” Modern Language Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, January 5-8, 2012.

“Father v. Son in Renaissance Florentine Comedy: ‘Se le fortezze e moltre altre cose che ogni giorno si fanno da’ principi, per conservazione del loro stato, sono utili o non’ (Machiavelli, Il principe XX).” Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada, March 24-26, 2011.

"The Power of the Word." Conference on The Pamphilj and the Arts: Patronage and Consumption in Baroque Rome. Boston College, October 15-16, 2010.

"Guido Cavalcanti among the Tombstones." 2010 First Triennial International Boccaccio Conference. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, April 30-May 1, 2010.;

"The Poetics of Authority in the Vita Nova." The Eighteenth Annual Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Interdisciplinary Symposium on "Authorship," University of Miami, Coral Gables, February 19-20, 2010.

"Paradiso VIII," A Public Reading of the Divine Comedy at Boston College, January 2010.

"Purgatorio XXIX," A Public Reading of the Divine Comedy at Boston College, May 2008.

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Contact Information

Boston College
Department of Romance Languages and   Literatures
Lyons Hall 311C
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3804

Phone: 617-552-8269
FAX: 617-552-2064
Email: laurie.shepard@bc.edu

Current Courses

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