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Faculty - Alexandra Coller

Alexandra CollerE-mail Address: 
Phone Number: 718-960-8921
Office: Carman Hall, Room 277 
Rank: Associate Professor /Italian Program Coordinator
Degrees: B.A., Hunter College, City University of New York; M.A., New York University; Ph.D., New York University

Alexandra 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. After teaching as a graduate student at Columbia and NYU, Prof. Coller has 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 an Assistant Professor where she currently teaches courses in Italian language, literature, and culture and sometimes contributes to Lehman’s core curriculum and comparative literature program. She has served as the head of the Italian Program since 2015 and is 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 has served as a member of the College’s Arts and Humanities Curriculum Committee for several years and continues to serve as a member of the Arts Committee. Prof. Coller is Lehman College’s liaison at various cultural institutes around the metropolitan area: The Calandra Institute, NYU’s Casa Italiana, Columbia University’s Italian Academy, and the Italian Cultural Institute.

Professor Coller’s publications on women, gender, drama, early opera, Renaissance books of conduct, and Renaissance tragedy have appeared in The Italianist, Italian Studies, Italian Quarterly, Modern Language Notes, California Italian Studies, and Italica. Her first book, Women, Rhetoric, and Drama in Early Modern Italy was published in 2017 (Routledge). Prof. Coller is the editor and translator of two volumes of Italian women’s pastoral drama from the early seventeenth-century for The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe Series. The first volume, Valeria Miani’s Amorous Hope, A Pastoral Play is coming out this Fall (Toronto: University of Toronto, ITER, 2020), while the second, on Isabetta Coreglia’s La Dori, is forthcoming in 2021. Prof. Coller is currently at work on her fourth book-length project, Women and Letterati in Italian Dialogues and Treatises of the Late Renaissance (forthcoming, 2023). Together with her colleague, Prof. Amin Erfani (French), Prof. Coller is organizing an international conference at the CUNY Graduate Center entitled “Open Borders: Translation and its Perils” (Fall, 2021).



  • Women, Rhetoric, and Drama in Early Modern Italy (New York and London: Routledge, 2017)
  • Valeria Miani, Amorous Hope, A Pastoral Play (Toronto: University of Toronto, ITER, 2020)

  • Photo of Amorous Hope book cover

  • Isabetta Coreglia, La Dori and Other Verse Compositions (Toronto: University of Toronto, ITER, 2021)
  • Women and Letterati in Italian Dialogues and Treatises of the Late Renaissance (forthcoming, 2023)

Women, Rhetoric, and Drama in early Modern Italy - Faculty Coller

Book Chapter:

  • "Domenico Cornacchini's Gli Inganni (1605)" in From Gl’Ingannati to Twelfth Night: Metamorphoses of a Shakespearean Source eds. Martin McLoughlin and Elisabetta Tarantino (Forthcoming, 2021)

Bibliographic Entries:

  • "Women Writing in Italy: 1400-1700", Oxford Bibliographies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022)


  • Friendship, Gender, and Virtue in the Renaissance: The Tragedies of Giambattista Giraldi Cinzio (1504-73)”, Italica Volume 92.3 (Fall 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 2007
  • “The Sienese Accademia degli Intronati and Its Female Interlocutors,” Italianist, Volume 26, Fall 2006

Book Reviews:

  • Sara E. Diaz and Jessica Goethals eds. and trans. Margherita Costa: The Buffoons, A Ridiculous Comedy [bilingual text] (Toronto: ITER, 2018), Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Volume 14.1 (Fall 2019)
  • 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