Paolo Pucci (Rutgers, Ph.D. 2005) is Associate Professor of Italian at the University of Vermont. He has published on courtesans in 16th century Italy, both as victims of derogatory literary attacks and authors of poetry and letters. His interest on minorities has brought him to investigate and publish on the depiction of homosexuals in the early-modern novella, as well. In addition, his research deals with Muslim-Christian relations in the early-modern novella tradition, in particular in Matteo Bandello's collection. Most recently, he has published on Maria Savorgnan’s letters to Pietro Bembo and is currently working on a book-length study on the representation of the widow in Italian conduct literature and novellas of 16th century.