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University of Alabama
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Renaissance Italy, Baroque Italy, medieval Italy, early modern women, warfare, Sack of Rome, performance, spectacle, gender, prophecy, violence, rhetoric
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Recent Publications

Margherita Costa, Diva of the Baroque Court. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2023.

“Pietro Aretino’s (un)Virgilian Sack of Rome.” Renaissance Studies 37.2 (2023): 192– 210.

Genre-Bending in Early Modern Performative Culture, edited by Jessica Goethals and Eugenio Refini, special issue of The Italianist 40 (2020)

Margherita Costa, The Buffoons, A Ridiculous Comedy. A Bilingual Edition. Edited and translated by Sara Díaz and Jessica Goethals. The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe. Toronto: ITER and the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2018.

“The Singing Saint: The Martyrdom of St. Cecilia in Seventeenth-Century Literature and Theater.” In Women Language Literature Italy/Donne Lingua  Letteratura in Italia II (2020): 43–61.

“The Patronage Politics of Equestrian Ballet: Allegory, Allusion, and Satire in the Courts of Seventeenth Century Italy and France.” Renaissance Quarterly 70.4 (2017): 1397–1448.

“The Bizarre Muse: The Poetics and Persona of Margherita Costa.” Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal 12.1 (2017): 48–72.

Media Coverage
BBC In Our Time - The Sack of Rome 1527 (,city%20of%20Rome%20in%201527.); New Books Network - Margherita Costa (
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Medieval, Pre-17th century, 17th century
Expertise by Topic
Book History, Gender, Literary History, Sexuality, Sexual Violence, Urban History, Women