Suzanne Magnanini
Associate Professor • Department Chair

WDBY 402

Office Hours:
Mondays 1PM - 2PM
Wednesdays 10:30AM - 11:30AM
and by appointment


Professor Magnanini received her B.A. from Washington University in Saint Louis before obtaining her M.A. and Ph.D. in Italian from the University of Chicago. She specializes in Renaissance and Baroque Literature, with particular interests in fairy tales, gender issues, and the translation and editing of early modern texts. She is currently working on a book that examines the representations love and lovers on trial in early modern Italy.  She has received grants from the NEH to attend a Summer Institute on early modern women writers and for a collaborative project, as well as from the Gladys Krieble Delmas foundation to conduct research in Venice. She was a University of Colorado CHA Faculty Fellow during Spring 2015.


  • Fairy-Tale Science:  Monstrous Generation in the Fairy Tales of Straparola and Basile. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008.
  •   ***University of Colorado’s Eugene Kayden Book Prize, 2010
  • The Pleasant Nights by Giovan Francesco Straparola.  Translated, Edited, with an Introduction by Suzanne Magnanini. The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe Series. Toronto Series. Iter and Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.  526 pages.  Forthcoming in 2015. 

Selected Articles & Chapters

  • "The Italian Literary Fairy Tale." Fairy Tales Framed: Forewards, Afterwards and Critical Words. Ed. Ruth Bottigheimer. NY: SUNY Press, 2012. 25-40 
  • ***CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2012.
  • “Between Straparola and Basile: Three Fairy Tales from Lorenzo Selva’s Della metamorfosi (1582).”  Marvels and Tales (a special issue in honor of Jacques Barchilon) 25.2 (2011): 331-370.
  • Selections from  Dei donneschi difetti.  Selected, Edited, Translated, with and Introduction by Suzanne Magnanini, With Latin Translations by David Lamari.  In Dialogue with the Other Voice in Sixteenth-Century Italy: Literary Contexts for Women’s Writing. Eds. Julie Campbell and Maria Galli Stampino. The Other Voice in Early Modern Italy: The Toronto Series, 11.  Toronto: Iter, Inc., 2011.  143-194.
  • “Postulated Routes from Naples to Paris:  Antonio Bulifon and the Italian Literary Fairy Tale in France.” Marvels and Tales 21.1 (2007):  78-92.
  • “Una selva luminosa:  Day Two of Moderata Fonte’s The Worth of Women.”  Journal of Modern Philology 101.2 (November 2003): 278-96. 
  • “Girolamo Parabosco's "L'Hermafrodito: An Irregular Commedia Regolare."  Monsters in the Italian Literary Imagination. Ed. Keala Jewell.  Detroit:  Wayne State Press, 2001.  203-221.