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Prof. Konrad Eisenbichler, FRSC, OMRI

Professor, Renaissance Studies Program; Department of Italian Studies
Cross-appointed to: Department of History; Department for the Study of Religion; Centre for Medieval Studies; Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies; Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies
Office Phone: 416-585-4486
Office Location: Northrop Frye Hall Room 308
Office Hours and/or Leave Status: Monday and Tuesday 4:00–5:00

BA (McMaster University)
MA (McMaster University)
PhD (University of Toronto)

Professor Konrad Eisenbichler teaches in the Renaissance Studies Program and the Department of Italian Studies. At the undergraduate level, his teaching focuses on early modern Italian literature, on early modern media in Europe, and on European ideas and attitudes towards sex and gender in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. At the graduate level, his courses focus on Italian theatre and Florentine literature/culture in the Renaissance. Professor Eisenbichler is particularly interested in lay religious confraternities, theatre, youth culture, women, and sex and gender from 1300 to 1700. A prolific author, editor, and translator with more than 20 books to his credit, Eisenbichler is also a prize-winning scholar of international reputation: his monograph The Boys of the Archangel Raphael. A Youth Confraternity in Florence, 1411–1785 received the Howard A. Marraro Prize for best book of the year from the American Catholic Historical Association (1999); his translation of Arrigo Petacco’s A Tragedy Revealed won the “International Literary Prize ‘Umberto Saba’” (2006); his translation of several works by Girolamo Savonarola, collected under the title A Guide to Righteous Living, won a prize from the Committee for the Promotion of Italian Culture Abroad (Govt of Italy), while his most recent monograph, The Sword and the Pen: Women, Politics, and Poetry in Sixteenth-Century Siena won not only the very prestigious “Ennio Flaiano Prize for Italian Scholarship” (2013), but was also named “Outstanding Academic Title for 2013” by Choice magazine, was a finalist in the “ForeWord Book of the Year Award” (2012), and received “Honourable Mention” in the “Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Publication Award” given by the Modern Languages Association of America. For his contribution to scholarship on Italian history, literature, and culture, Professor Eisenbichler was knighted by the president of Italy at the rank of Commendatore (Knight Commander) in the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy (2010). In 2014 Eisenbichler received his second knighthood when he was inducted into the “Cavalieri di San Marco” (Knights of St. Mark) for his contribution to scholarship on Venetian culture, history, and literature. A fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he is also a "Foreign Member” of the Ateneo Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti (Venice), a learned academy founded by Napoleon on 1812. In 2012, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies. Professor Eisenbichler has been president of the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, of the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies, of the Canadian Society for Italian Studies, of the Federazione Giuliano-Dalmata Canadese, chair of the Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium, and a two-term director of the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies.

Selected Publications

The Sword and the Pen: Women, Poetry and Politics in Sixteenth-Century Siena. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2012. 400 pp.

L'opera poetica di Virginia martini Salvi (Siena, c. 1510 – Roma, post 1571. Siena: Accademia degli Intronati di Siena, 2012. Pp. 224.

Renaissance Medievalisms. Essays and Studies, 18. Toronto: CRRS, 2009. Pp. 360 + 10 ill.

The Renaissance in the Streets, Schools, and Studies: Essays in Honour of Paul F. Grendler (with Nicholas Terpstra). Toronto: CRRS, 2008. Pp. 373 + 8 illustrations.

The Cultural World of Eleonora di Toledo, Duchess of Florence and Siena. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2004. Pp. xiii, 279.

Savonarola, Girolamo. A Guide to Righteous Living and other Works, trans. and intro. by Konrad Eisenbichler. Toronto: CRRS, 2003. Pp. 250.

The Premodern Teenager: Youth in Society, 1150-1650. Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2002. Pp. 349.

The Cultural Politics of Duke Cosimo I de' Medici. Ed. and Intro. by Konrad Eisenbichler. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2001, Pp. 262.

Carnival and Carnivalesque. The Fool, the Reformer, the Wildman, and Others in Early Modern Theatre. Edited by Konrad Eisenbichler and Wim Hüsken. “Ludus” Medieval and Early Renaissance Theatre and Drama, 4. Amsterdam-Atlanta, GA: Rodopi B.V., 1999. Pp. 281.

The Boys of the Archangel Raphael. A Youth Confraternity in Florence, 1411–1785 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1998. Pp 474).

Crossing the Boundaries: Christian Piety and the Arts in Italian Medieval and Renaissance Confraternities. Early Drama, Art, and Music Monograph Series, 15. Kalamazoo, Mich.: Medieval Institute Publications, 1991. Pp. ix, 274.