Monica Calabritto received her “Laurea” degree in Classics at the Università degli Studi di Pisa and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, with a specialization in Renaissance Studies, from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. In 2004-2005 she was the recipient of one-year fellowship at Villa I Tatti (Harvard University), in Florence. She is the director of the Italian Specialization at the Graduate Center.
Her research focuses on the interaction between medicine and literature and between medicine and law in early modern Italy and Europe, as well as on the relation between visual and verbal media in early modern European culture. She co-edited with Peter Daly a collection of essays entitled Emblems of Death in the Early Modern Period, published by Droz in 2014, on emblems and imprese of death produced in Europe between the sixteenth and the eighteenth centuries. She is the author of the introduction to the first modern English translation, by John Crayton and Daniela Pastina, of Tomaso Garzoni’s The Hospital of Incurable Madness (Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2009) and of numerous essays, articles, and encyclopedia entries on Italian literature of the Renaissance and the Reformation, Garzoni, imprese, gendered madness, melancholy, the relationship between literature and medicine in literary and medical texts, and the structure and function of various medical genres vis-à-vis the illness of melancholy in the early modern period.
Presently, she is working on a manuscript book that studies the relationship among early modern medicine, law and social memory in connection to narratives of homicidal insanity in Italy, and on a chapter on “Medical and Scientific Understandings” for a collection of essays entitled A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Late-medieval, Reformation and Renaissance Age, edited by Susan Broomhall and Philippa Maddern, and published by Bloomsbury Publishing (UK).