JoAnn DellaNeva

Emerita Professor of French and Francophone Studies
Fellow, Nanovic Institute; Fellow, Medieval Institute


Ph.D., Princeton University 

M.A. University of Pennsylvania 

A.B. Bryn Mawr College


JoAnn DellaNeva earned her doctorate from Princeton University and joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1982. She served as founding Chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures from 1989-1996 and was named Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Arts and Letter in 2010, serving until 2017. In 2017, she was named Academic Director of the London Global Gateway, serving until the end of spring 2020. DellaNeva has written extensively on French and Italian Renaissance literature, exploring questions of imitation and Franco-Italian literary relations. Her avocation is Tudor history, and she is now working on projects regarding the literary representation of Henry VIII in early modern texts. A two-time recipient of an NEH Fellowship as well as an award-winning teacher, she has taught a variety of courses on French, Italian, and Comparative Literatures and an interdisciplinary course on Henry VIII.

Representative Publications

Unlikely Exemplars: Reading and Imitating beyond the Italian Canon in French Renaissance Poetry. Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, 2009. 444 pp.

Ciceronian Controversies. Ed. JoAnn DellaNeva; trans. Brian Duvick. The I Tatti Renaissance Library, 26. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2007. xxxix + 295 pp.

Song and Counter-Song: Scève’s “Délie” and Petrarch’s “Rime.”  Lexington: French Forum, 1983. 128 pp.

The Story of the Death of Anne Boleyn: A Poem by Lancelot de Carle. Translated, edited, and with essays by JoAnn DellaNeva. Tempe, AZ: ACMRS Press, 2021.

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