Associate Professor of Italian
University of Mary Washington
A native of Milan (Italy), Federico Schneider has completed his education in the US, where he has received a 4-Year Diploma in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music (1992), a M.A. in Italian Literature & Culture from Boston College (1996), and a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from Yale University (2002). Since 2003, he has been directing the Italian program at the University of Mary Washington. His scholarship is focused on Renaissance aesthetics, and specifically on the therapeutic function of literature and the arts.
• Pastoral Drama and Healing in Early Modern Italy. Aldershot, England: Ashgate Press, 2010.
• “An Amused Muse: the ‘donna di palazzo’ and Music in the Cortegiano.” Analisi linguistica e letteraria 1-2, Anno X (2002), pp. 449-460.
• “La catarsi nella drammaturgia guariniana.” Rime e lettere di Battista Guarini. Atti del Congresso su Battista Guarini: Rime e Lettere di Battista Guarini, Università di Padova, Italy, December 5-6, 2003. Ed Bianca Maria Da Rif. Alessandria: Edizioni dell'Orso, 2008, pp.197-214.
• “Pastoral Therapies for the Heartbroken in Guarini’s Pastor Fido and Monteverdi’s Book V.” Quaderni d'italianistica, vol. 29:1 (2008), pp.73-104.
• “Ancora su ‘Dante musicus’: musica e dramma nella Commedia”. Accepted for publication in Studi medievali e moderni.
• “Some More Dantean Overtones in Monteverdi’s Orfeo”. Accepted for publication in Rassegna Europea di Letteratura Italiana 1/ 2011.