Jane Tylus

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Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature
Address: 
82-90 Wall Street, Room 425, New Haven, CT 06511-6605
(203) 432-1058

Jane Tylus specializes in late medieval and early modern European literature, religion, and culture, with secondary interests in 19th-20th century fiction.  Her work has focused on the recovery and interrogation of lost and marginalized voices –historical personages, dialects and “parole pellegrine”, minor genres such as pastoral, secondary characters in plays, poems, and epics.  She has also been active in the practice and theory of translation. Her current book project explores the ritual of departure in early modernity, especially how writers and artists sent their works into the world.

She previously taught at NYU in Italian Studies and Comparative Literature, where she was founding faculty director of the Humanities Initiative, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She has been General Editor for the journal I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance since 2013, and currently sits on the advisory committee for PMLA.

Education:
BA, William and Mary
PhD, Humanities Center, Johns Hopkins

Publication Highlights:

  • Writing and Vulnerability in the Late Renaissance (1993, Stanford)
  • “Women at the Windows: Commedia dell’arte and Theatrical Practice in Early Modern Italy.” Theatre Journal 49 (1997): 323-42
  • Epic Traditions in the Contemporary World, (1999, California), co-edited with Margaret Beissinger and Susanne L. Wofford
  • Sacred Narratives: The Poems of Lucrezia Tornabuoni de’ Medici (2001, Chicago), Translation Award from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women
  • The Longman Anthology of World Literature: Early Modern Europe (2003, 2nd ed. 2007), with David Damrosch
  • Reclaiming Catherine of Siena: Literacy, Literature, and the Signs of Others (2009, Chicago), Howard Marraro Prize for Outstanding Work in Italian Studies, MLA
  • The Poetics of Masculinity in Early Modern Italy and Spain (2010, Toronto), co-edited with Gerry Milligan
  • Gaspara Stampa: The Complete Poems, co-edited with Troy Tower (2010, Chicago)
  • Siena, City of Secrets (2015, Chicago)
  • Early Modern Cultures of Translation (2015, Philadelphia), co-edited with Karen Newman

Courses

ITAL 367 Saying Goodbye: Meditations on Art, Death, Afterlives, the Bible through Shakespeare and Sor Juan

How do we take leave of the people, places, and work that we love? Our course objectives are to strive to understand the important role that leavetakings play in life and artistic expression, especially between 1300-1700; to probe the differences between religious faiths of early modernity with respect to rituals of saying goodbye and the afterlife; to sharpen our skills as readers, spectators, and listeners of works that engage with complex questions regarding the meaning of life and one’s lifework; and to contextualize our readings within more contemporary conversations by theologians and theorists about dying, grief, and letting go. We also examines rites of passage and departure, even as our main focus is figures such as Dante, Michelangelo, Montaigne, Shakespeare, and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, whose differing faiths during a period of religious crisis produced various kinds of finished—and unfinished—works. Our class is held in the Beinecke library, where we regularly consult first editions and in some cases (Donne’s letters and poems) autograph copies, as well as evaluate the material evidence for ways that manuscripts and books reveal how authors parted with their works (dedications, envois), and how readers comment on their own encounters with leavetakings.

Term: Fall 2019
Day/Time: Monday and Wednesday, 11.35 a.m. -12.50 p.m.

ITAL 566, Saying Goodbye: Meditations on Art, Death, Afterlives, the Bible through Shakespeare and Sor Juan

How do we take leave of the people, places, and work that we love? Our course objectives are to strive to understand the important role that leavetakings play in life and artistic expression, especially between 1300-1700; to probe the differences between religious faiths of early modernity with respect to rituals of saying goodbye and the afterlife; to sharpen our skills as readers, spectators, and listeners of works that engage with complex questions regarding the meaning of life and one’s lifework; and to contextualize our readings within more contemporary conversations by theologians and theorists about dying, grief, and letting go. We also examines rites of passage and departure, even as our main focus is figures such as Dante, Michelangelo, Montaigne, Shakespeare, and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, whose differing faiths during a period of religious crisis produced various kinds of finished—and unfinished—works. Our class is held in the Beinecke library, where we regularly consult first editions and in some cases (Donne’s letters and poems) autograph copies, as well as evaluate the material evidence for ways that manuscripts and books reveal how authors parted with their works (dedications, envois), and how readers comment on their own encounters with leavetakings.

Term: Fall 2019
Day/Time: Monday and Wednesday, 11.35 a.m. - 12.50 p.m.

ITAL 945, Translation and the Politics of Language in Italy's Boderlands

This course approaches modern and contemporary Italian literature through the prism of translation studies and critical multilingualism studies. In order to consider the role of translation and linguistic diversity in the formation of a national canon, we focus on texts that come from Italy’s contested and linguistically hybrid borderlands such as Trieste and Sicily, on the literature of the Italian diaspora, on postcolonial italophone literature, and, finally, on the transnational circulation of literary texts. Students learn to examine the place of multilingualism in the construction of a national culture; consider the role of literary translation in national canon formation; and rethink translation as a continuum of cultural and linguistic practices—including migration, self-translation, and translingualism—which the class situates and interrogates in their historical context.

Term: Fall 2019
Day/Time: Wednesday, 3.30 p.m. - 5.20 p.m.