theater and society in Renaissance Italy, especially Venice and the Po Valley


Princeton University: A.B. 1971; Participant, Critical Languages Program (Chinese); Certificate, Special Program in European Civilization

Harvard University: M.A. 1972; Ph.D. 1977; Program: Plan A (with special emphasis on linguistics); Dissertation: “Lingua and Dialetto in Ruzzante and Goldoni.”



Language and Dialect in Ruzante and Goldoni. Ravenna: Longo, 1981. 189 pp. Chapter 3 “Ruzante and the Paduan Dialect” reprinted in Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800, ed. Thomas J. Shoenberg and Lawrence J. Trudeau, vol. 139 (Detroit: Gale, 2007).

Angelo Beolco (Il Ruzante) Boston: Twayne, 1990. 168 pp.; included in “Twayne’s World Authors” (CD-ROM and online versions).

Commerce, Peace and the Arts in Renaissance Venice. Ruzante and the Empire at Center Stage. London: Routledge, 2016.



Sexualities, Textualities, Art and Music in Early Modern Italy. Playing with Boundaries, ed. Melanie L. Marshall, Linda L. Carroll, and Katherine A. McIver. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2014.



Angelo Beolco (Il Ruzante), La prima oratione, edited and translated by
Linda L. Carroll. Modern Humanities Research Association Critical Texts Vol. 16. London: Modern Humanities Research Association, 2009.



Antonio Molino (Il Burchiella), I Dilettevoli Madrigali a Quattro Voci [Delightful Madrigals for Four Voices…, Newly…Composed and Brought to Light…First Book…1568], edited by
Linda L. Carroll, Anthony M. Cummings, Zachary W. Jones, and Philip Weller. Rome: Istituto Italiano per la Storia della Musica, 2014.



“How To (and How Not To) Get Married in Sixteenth-Century Venice. (Selections from the Diaries of Marin Sanudo),” by Patricia H. Labalme and Laura Sanguineti White with Translations by Linda Carroll. Preliminary article drawing upon material included in Venice, Cità Excelentissima. Renaissance Quarterly 52 (1999): 43-72.

Venice, Cità Excelentissima: Selections from the Renaissance Diaries of Marin Sanudo, Patricia H. Labalme and Laura Sanguineti White, editors, Linda L. Carroll, translator. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008. Project partially funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.



“Linguistic Variation and Social Protest in the Plays of Ruzante.” Allegorica 8 (1983): 201-17.

“Carnival Themes in the Plays of Ruzante.” Italian Culture 5 (1984): 55-66.

“Linguistic Correlates of Emotion in Ruzante.” The Eleventh LACUS Forum 1984, Ed. Robert A. Hall, Jr. Columbia, South Carolina: Hornbeam Press, 1985. 377-91.

“Carnival Rites as Vehicles of Protest in Renaissance Venice.” Sixteenth Century Journal 16 (1985): 487-502.

“Cycles in Life and in Literature: The Case of Ruzante.” Journal of the Association of Teachers of Italian (Great Britain) 47 (1986): 49-56.

“Authorial Defense in Boccaccio and Ruzante: From Liminal to Liminoid.” Romance Quarterly (formerly Kentucky Romance Quarterly) 34 (1987): 103-16.

“Ruzante’s Early Adaptations from More and Erasmus.” Italica 66 (1989): 29-34.

“Who’s on Top?: Gender as Societal Power Configuration in Italian Renaissance Drama.” Sixteenth Century Journal 20 (1989): 531-58.

“Angelo Beolco tra comico e serio.” II Convegno internazionale di studi sul Ruzante. Ed. Giovanni Calendoli and Giuseppe Vellucci. Venice: Corbo e Fiore, 1989. 59-72.

“Giorgione’s Tempest: Astrology is in the Eyes of the Beholder.” Reconsidering the Renaissance. Papers from the Twenty-First Annual Conference. Ed. Mario Di Cesare. Binghamton: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1992. 125-40.

“The Peasant as Imperialist: An Unpublished Canzone in Ruzantine Style.” Italica 70 (1993): 197-211.

“Un paradiso senza Dio nella Padova del Rinascimento.” III Convegno internazionale di studi sul Ruzante. Ed. Giovanni Calendoli. Padua: Società cooperativa tipografica, 1993. 97-115.

“A Non-theistic Paradise in Renaissance Padua.” (Translation and refinement of “Un paradiso senza Dio nella Padova del Rinascimento”). Sixteenth Century Journal 24 (1993): 881-98.

“Machiavelli’s Veronese Prostitute: Venetia Figurata?” Gender Rhetorics: Postures of Dominance and Submission in History. Ed. Richard C. Trexler. Binghamton: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1994. 93-106.

“The Spirit in the Body: Physical and Psychological Influence on Holy Anorexia in the Case of Maria Janis.” American Society of Church History Papers (Portland, OR: Theological Research Exchange Network, 1995) [Microfiche series].

“Il contadino e il filoimperialismo: Una canzone inedita in stile ruzantiano.” (Translation and refinement of “The Peasant as Imperialist: An Unpublished Canzone in Ruzantine Style.”) Angelo Beolco detto Ruzante. Atti del Convegno di studi e programma generale 1995. Ed. Filippo Crispo. Padua: Edizioni Papergraf, 1997. 51-67.

“Holy Anorexia Revisited: The Reputation of Fasting in the Case of Maria Janis.” The Psychohistory Review 26 (1998): 115-36 (Shares some material with “The Spirit in the Body”).

“Venetian Attitudes toward the Young Charles: Carnival, Commerce, and Compagnie della Calza.” Young Charles V, 1500-1529. Ed. Alain Saint-Saëns. (New Orleans: University Press of the South, 2000), 13-52.

“Dating The Woman from Ancona: Venice and Ruzante’s Theater after Cambrai.” Sixteenth Century Journal 31 (2000): 963-85.

“The Shepherd Meets the Cowherd: Ruzante’s Pastoral, the Empire and Venice.” Annuario dell’Istituto Romeno di cultura e ricerca umanistica (Venice) 4 (2002): 288-97. http://www.geocities.com/serban_marin/annuario2002.html

“‘Fools of the Dukes of Ferrara’: Dosso, Ruzante, and Changing Este Alliances.” MLN 18.1 (January, 2003; Italian Issue): 60-84.

“Dating La Veniex[ia]na: The Venetian Patriciate and the Mainland Nobility at the End of the Wars of Cambrai, with a Note on Titian.” Annuario dell’Istituto Romeno di cultura e ricerca umanistica (Venice) 5 (2003): 511-19.

“‘I have a good set of tools’: The Shared Interests of Peasants and Patricians in Beolco’s Lettera giocosa,” Theatre, Opera, and Performance in Italy from the Fifteenth Century to the Present: Essays in Honour of Richard Andrews, ed. by Brian Richardson, Simon Gilson and Catherine Keen, Occasional Papers Number 6 (Egham, UK: The Society for Italian Studies, 2004), 83-98.

“A Newly-Discovered Charles V with Dog.” Ateneo Veneto, ser. 3, 4.2 (2005): 43-77.

“Money, Age, and Marriage in Venice: A Brief Biocultural History,” Politics and Culture 2010, Issue 1 Bioculture: Evolutionary Cultural Studies, ed. Joseph Carroll. http://www.politicsandculture.org/2010/04/29/money-age-and-marriage-in-venice-a-brief-biocultural-history/

Providus vir Leonardus pictor florentinus,” Ateneo Veneto CXCVIII, terza serie 10/I (2011): 31-43.

“Utopia, Venice, and Ruzante’s Pavan: Venetian and Paduan Connections with Thomas More.” Modern Language Review, 107 (2012): 162-81.

“Prefazione,” in Andrea Calore and Francesco Liguori, Le donne di Ruzante (Padua: Panda Edizioni, 2012), 7-9.

“Per un itinerario della Padova del Ruzante,” Padova e il suo territorio, 164 (Agosto, 2013): 6-9 [lead article].

“‘(El) ge sa bon laorare’: Female Wealth, Male Competition, Musical Festivities, and the Venetian Patriciate in Ruzante’s Pavan.” In Sexualities, Textualities, Art and Music in Early Modern Italy. Playing with Boundaries, ed. Melanie Marshall, Linda L. Carroll, and Katherine McIver (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2014). 155-83.

“Ruzante Speaks Truth to Venetian Power: Some Hows, Whys, Whens, and Wherefores,” in Speaking Truth to Power from Medieval to Modern Italy, ed. Jo Ann Cavallo and Carlo Lottieri, Annali d’Italianistica 34 (2016): 179-97.

“Ruzante’s (and Palladio’s) Women,” in Dialogo. Studi in onore di Angela Caracciolo Aricò, ed. Elena Bocchia, Zuane Fabbris, Chiara Frison and Roberto Pesce (Venice: Centro di Studi Medievale e Rinascimentali ‘E.A. Cicogna’, 2017). 99-114.

“‘Tanto che l’arò amazò’: Violence in the Plays of Angelo Beolco and in the Lives of His Associates,” in Violence, Resistance, Tolerance, Sacrifice in Italy’s Literary and Cultural History, ed. Dino Cervigni, Chiara Ferrari and Olimpia Pelosi Annali d’Italianistica 35 (2017): in press.

“Luigi Pulci and the Invention of Renaissance Irreverence,” in New Studies on the Poetry of Luigi Pulci, ed. Andrea Moudarres and James Coleman (Turnhout: Brepols, in press).

“‘In questa guerra tutti ne è stà turchi’: The Turk as Ultimate Enemy in Sixteenth-Century Italy,” Monstrous Borders, ed. Jana Byars and Hans Peter Broedel (London: Routledge, forthcoming).

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