Jo Ann Cavallo

Jo Ann Cavallo, professor and chair of the Department of Italian, Columbia University. Her latest book, The World beyond Europe in the Romance Epics of Boiardo and Ariosto, received a Modern Language Association Publication Award and was translated into Italian. She is also the author of The Romance Epics of Boiardo, Ariosto, and Tasso: From Public Duty to Private Pleasure and Boiardo’s Orlando Innamorato: An Ethics of Desire, and has published articles on Italian authors from the medieval to the modern period and on popular traditions that dramatize epic narratives. She is editor of Teaching the Italian Renaissance Romance Epic, co-editor of Fortune and Romance: Boiardo in America and
Speaking Truth to Power from Medieval to Modern Italy, as well as editor of the book series Anthem World Epic and Romance and of the Italian literature area of The Literary Encyclopedia. She is also developing the websites eBOIARDO at and World Epics at

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