The aim of this Companion volume is to provide scholars and advanced graduate students with a comprehensive and authoritative state-of-the-art review of current research work on Anglo-Italian Renaissance studies. Written by a team of international scholars and experts in the field, the chapters are grouped into two large areas of influence and intertextuality, corresponding to the dual way in which early modern England looked upon the Italian world from the English perspective – Part 1: "Italian literature and culture" and Part 2: "Appropriations and ideologies". In the first part, prominent Italian authors, artists, and thinkers are examined as a direct source of inspiration, imitation, and divergence. The variegated English response to the cultural, ideological, and political implications of pervasive Italian intertextuality, in interrelated aspects of artistic and generic production, is dealt with in the second part. Constructed on the basis of a largely interdisciplinary approach, the volume offers an in-depth and wide-ranging treatment of the multifaceted ways in which Italy’s material world and its iconologies are represented, appropriated, and exploited in the literary and cultural domain of early modern England. For this reason, contributors were asked to write essays that not only reflect current thinking but also point to directions for future research and scholarship, while a purposefully conceived bibliography of primary and secondary sources and a detailed index round off the volume.

chapter |51 pages


Past, present, and future in Anglo-Italian renaissance studies

part 1|214 pages

Italian literature and culture

chapter 1|20 pages

Dante's Vita Nuova and Petrarchismo

A critical review of contemporary scholarship

chapter 3|18 pages

Commedia erudita

Birth and transfiguration

chapter 6|16 pages

Masters of civility

Castiglione's Courtier, della Casa's Galateo, and Guazzo's Civil Conversation in early modern England

chapter 7|17 pages

‘Did Ariosto write it?’

The Orlando Furioso in Elizabethan poetry

chapter 9|25 pages

Giordano Bruno in England

From London to Rome

chapter 11|19 pages

The pastoral poem and novel

chapter 12|17 pages

‘Oh that we had such an English Tasso’

Tasso in English poetry and drama to 1700

part 2|188 pages

Appropriations and ideologies

chapter 13|19 pages

Petrarch in England

chapter 16|17 pages

‘Absolute Castilio’?

The reputation and reception of Castiglione's Book of the Courtier in Elizabethan England

chapter 18|16 pages

‘Boying their greatness’

Transnational effects of the Italian divas on the Shakespearean stage

chapter 22|14 pages

Heretics, translators, intelligencers

Italian reformers in Tudor England

chapter 24|16 pages

Anglo-Venetian networks

Paolo Sarpi in early modern England

chapter |5 pages


Location and narration