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Sherry Roush

Professor of Italian

147 Burrowes
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-1133


Sherry Roush (Ph.D. Yale University, 1999, MA Yale University, 1996, BA University of CA, Santa Cruz, 1992) is a Professor of Italian specializing in medieval and renaissance Italian literature and culture. She is the author of Speaking Spirits: Ventriloquizing the Dead in Renaissance Italy (University of Toronto Press, 2015) and Hermes’ Lyre: Italian Poetic Self-Commentary from Dante to Tommaso Campanella (University of Toronto Press, 2002). She is the translator and editor of Selected Philosophical Poems of Tommaso Campanella in two volumes (The University of Chicago Press and Fabrizio Serra Editore, both 2011) and the co-editor of The Medieval Marriage Scene: Prudence, Passion, Policy (Arizona State University Press, 2005). Her current project is an annotated, unabridged English translation of Jacopo Caviceo's romance Peregrino (1508), which was awarded a 2020 National Endowment for the Arts grant in Literary Translation and a 2020 National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Research fellowship. This book is under advance contract with The University of Toronto Press. She is also in the process of translating another 16th-century romance: “Phileto’s Story,” by Lodovico Corfino.

Her scholarly articles have appeared in journals including: Renaissance Quarterly, Italica, MLN: Modern Language Notes, Quaderni d’Italianistica, Viator, and Italian Culture. Particular areas of scholarly interest encompass the commentary and self-commentary tradition, philosophical poetry, the emergence of prose romance, hermeneutics, and translation theory and practice.

Dr. Roush is a proud 2017 Middlebury Bread Loafer and has received various grants and awards for her research, including prizes from the Folger Institute, the Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, and the Bogliasco Foundation. She has received two awards for outstanding teaching and was named a Commencement Marshal for the College of the Liberal Arts. Outside the University, she currently serves as an elected representative on the Modern Language Association’s Executive Committee for Translation Studies, and she was previously elected to the Division of Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature.