JoAnn Della Neva

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Professor of French

JoAnn Della Neva


B.A., Bryn Mawr College; M.A., University of Pennsylvania; M.A., Princeton University; Ph.D., Princeton University

Research Profile

Professor DellaNeva specializes in Renaissance Literature, with a particular interest in Renaissance love poetry, Franco-Italian literary relations in the Renaissance, women writers of the Renaissance, literary imitation, and European Petrarchism. She is a two-time winner of the NEH Fellowship for College Teachers and received the 2004 Sixteenth-Century Studies and Conference Literature Prize. DellaNeva is a Fellow of the Nanovic Institute. She also received a Kaneb Award for Excellence in Undergraduate teaching and was named a Faculty Fellow of the Kaneb Center in 2002.
She has authored a book on the French poet Maurice Sceve (Song and Counter-Song: Sceve's Delie and Petrarch's Rime), and published articles on Renaissance poets and imitation theory in several journals. Her edition of Neo-Latin treatises on imitation, Ciceronian Controversies, was published in 2007 by Harvard University Press in its I Tatti series.
DellaNeva has also recently published a book on literary imitation entitled Unlikely Exemplars: Reading and Imitating Beyond the Italian Canon in French Renaissance Poetry (University of Delaware Press, 2009).
She was named Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Arts and Letters in 2010.

Contact Information

104 O'Shaughnessy Hall

Mailing Address:
University of Notre Dame
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
343 O'Shaughnessy Hall 
Notre Dame, IN 46556