Languages and Literatures


Alexandra Coller

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CollerAlexandra Coller received her B.A. in Romance Languages (French and Italian) from Hunter College (CUNY) and her doctoral degree from New York University. While at NYU, she offered courses on Dante, Shakespeare, Machiavelli, and Montaigne for the Department of Italian Studies and for the Medieval and Renaissance Center. Dr. Coller held visiting posts at SUNY-Stony Brook in the Department of Comparative and Literary Studies, at Dickinson College in the Department of French and Italian, and at Fairfield University in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. She joined Lehman College in August 2010 as a tenure-track faculty where she teaches courses in Italian language, literature, and culture as well as the core curriculum. At Lehman, she serves as the faculty advisor for the Italian Club; in addition, she organizes and presents the Italian Film Series in an effort to ensure that the Italian program forms an integral part of campus life. She serves as a member of the College’s Arts and Science Curriculum Committee as well as the Arts Committee. Dr. Coller represents Lehman College at various cultural institutes around the metropolitan area (at NYU’s Casa Italiana, Columbia University’s Italian Academy, and the Italian Cultural Institute). Recently, in collaboration with New York City Opera, Dr. Coller organized and hosted a trip to Lincoln Center to see Gaetano Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. She is actively involved in organizing such off-campus activities in order to provide our students with the richest possible exposure to cultural events. Her publications on women, gender, drama, early opera, and Renaissance books of conduct, have appeared in The Italianist, Italian Studies, Italian Quarterly, Modern Language Notes, and California Italian Studies. She is presently at work on her book manuscript, Women, Rhetoric, and Drama in Early Modern Italy. In addition, Dr. Coller is currently completing two bilingual and annotated editions of Italian women’s pastoral drama from the early seventeenth-century for The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe (Toronto Series), forthcoming in 2014 and 2015.



  • “How to Succeed at Court: Annibal Guasco’s Advice to His Daughter Lavinia and Renaissance Manuals of Conduct,” California Italian Studies, Volume 4, Issue 2, Fall 2013
  • “Fathers, Daughters, Crossdressing, and Names: L’Anconitana and Angelo Beolco/Ruzante’s Contribution to Commedia Erudita,” Modern Language Notes,
    Volume 127 no. 1, Spring 2012.
  • “Isabella Andreini’s La Mirtilla (1588): Pastoral Drama and Conjugal Love in Counter-Reformation Italy”, Italian Quarterly, Fall 2009
  • “Ladies and Courtesans in Late Sixteenth-Century Commedia Grave: Vernacular Antecedents to Early Opera’s Prime Donne Italian Studies, Volume 62, Spring
  • “The Sienese Accademia degli Intronati and Its Female Interlocutors,” Italianist, Volume 26, Fall 2006

Book Reviews:

  • Federico Schneider, Pastoral Drama and Healing in Early Modern Italy (Farnham, Surrey; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2010), Early Theatre, Spring 2012
  • Jane Tylus and Gerry Milligan eds., The Poetics of Masculinity in Early Modern Italy and Spain: Essays and Studies 22. (Toronto: University of Toronto Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2010), Annali D’Italianistica vol. 29, 2011
  • Laura Giannetti, Lelia’s Kiss: Imagining Gender, Sex and Marriage in Italian Renaissance Comedy (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009), Renaissance Quarterly, Summer 2011
  • Lisa Sampson, Pastoral Drama in Early Modern Italy: The Making of a New Genre, (Oxford: Legenda, 2006), Renaissance Studies, 2008
  • Bonnie Gordon and Martha Feldman eds., The Courtesan’s Arts: Cross-Cultural Perspectives (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2005), Women and Music: A Journal
    of Gender and Culture
    , Volume 10, 2007

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