Romance Languages and Literatures

Franco Mormando

Professor of Italian

Department Chair

Affiliate Faculty, Dept. of History

Honors and Awards

Cavaliere (Knight) in the Ordine della Stella d'Italia awarded by the President of the Republic of Italy, October 2005, in recognition of achievement in the promotion of Italian language and culture.

The Howard R. Marraro Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in Italian History, conferred January 2001, by the American Catholic Historical Association for The Preacher's Demons (Univ. of Chicago Press, 1999).

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Bernini: His Life and His Rome. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011.

Domenico Bernini's "Life of Gian Lorenzo Bernini:" An English Translation and Critical Edition with Introduction and Commentary. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2011.

Piety and Plague: From Byzantium to the Baroque, co-editor. Truman State University Press, Sixteenth Century Essays and Studies, 2007.

Francis Xavier and the Jesuit Missions in the Far East: An Anniversary Volume of Early Printed Sources in the Jesuitana Collection of the John J. Burns Library, Boston College, co-editor. Chestnut Hill: The Jesuit Institute, 2006.

Hope and Healing: Painting in Italy in a Time of Plague, 1500-1800, co-editor. Exhibition catalogue, Worcester Art Museum, 2005.

The Preacher's Demons: Bernardino of Siena and the Social Underworld of Early Renaissance Italy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999.

Saints and Sinners: Caravaggio and the Baroque Image, ed. Exhibition catalogue, McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, 1999.