Jessica Goethals

Jessica  Goethals

Assistant Professor of Italian

Office Hours

Monday and Wednesday 10:00am-11:00am, and by appointment


PhD in Italian Studies, New York University

MA in Italian Studies, New York University

BA in Italian Literature and Culture, Northwestern University

Research Interests

Dr. Goethals’ research centers on medieval and early modern literature and theater, focusing especially on the relationship between military-historical events and their literary representations across genres; mysticism, prophecy, and eschatology; the intersection of print, manuscript, and performative media, with an interest in reading publics and theatrical spaces; issues of gender and women’s writing; rhetoric; and cultural exchange between Italy, Spain, and France.

She is currently completing a co-edited translation of Margherita Costa’s burlesque comedy The Buffoons for the Other Voice in Early Modern Europe series (ITER). Her work on Costa will next take her to the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC, where she will be the Matilda D. Mascioli fellow from January to August 2017.

Dr. Goethals has received long-term and postdoctoral fellowships from the Folger Shakespeare Library, Villa I Tatti—the Harvard University Center for Italian Studies, the University of Pennsylvania, and New York University, as well as grants from the Renaissance Society of America and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

She is also the Managing Editor of the scholarly journal I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance. For issues and submission information, please see our homepage with the University of Chicago Press:

Selected Publications

Margherita Costa. The Buffoons, A Ridiculous Comedy. A Bilingual Edition. Edited and translated by Sara Diaz and Jessica Goethals. The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe. Toronto: ITER and the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (forthcoming, spring/summer 2017).

“The Patronage Politics of Equestrian Ballet: Allegory, Allusion, and Satire in the Courts of Seventeenth-Century Italy and France,” Renaissance Quarterly (forthcoming).

“Performance, Print, and the Italian Wars: Poemetti Bellici and the Case of Eustachio Celebrino,” in Interactions between Orality and Writing in Early Modern Italian Culture. Edited by Luca Degl’Innocenti, Brian Richardson, Chiara Sbordoni. Routledge, 2016.

“The Flowers of Italian Literature: Language, Imitation, and Gender Debates in Paolo Giovio’s Dialogus de viris et foeminis aetate nostra florentibusRenaissance Studies 29.5 (November 2015): 749-71.

“Vanquished Bodies, Weaponized Words: Pietro Aretino’s Conflicting Portraits of the Sexes and the Sack of Rome,” in “Gender in Early Modern Rome,” ed. by Julia L. Hairston, special issue, I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance 17.1 (Spring 2014): 55-78. By invitation.

“Spectators of the Sack: Rhetorical ‘Particularity’ and Graphic Violence in Luigi Guicciardini’s Historia del sacco di Roma,” Italian Studies 68.2 (July 2013): 175-201.

Power and Image in Early Modern Europe, edited by Jessica Goethals, Valerie McGuire and Gaoheng Zhang. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008.