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  • Meredith K. Ray, Interim Department Chair

    Interim Department Chair
    Professor of Italian
    University of Delaware
    103A Jastak-Burgess Hall
    Newark, DE 19716

    Biography

    Meredith K. Ray is Professor of Italian at the University of Delaware, where she teaches courses on medieval and Renaissance Italian literature, history, and culture; Italian theater and music; and Italian detective fiction. She regularly offers courses on women writers of early modern Europe, Italy in the age of the Scientific Revolution, and Dante's Divine Comedy in Italian and in translation. She is affiliated with the Department of Women and Gender Studies and the European Studies program at the Center for Global and Area Studies.

    Dr. Ray's research focuses on Italian women's writing of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, early modern science, epistolary writing, convent culture, and contemporary fictions of Renaissance Italy. She is the recipient of fellowships from the American Association of University Women, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Renaissance Society of America. Dr. Ray is the author of three monographs on women in early modern literary and scientific culture and has co-edited translations of Machiavelli and of Arcangela Tarabotti, the radical seventeenth-century nun and writer. Her books have been recognized with awards from national professional associations. Dr. Ray's current book project, forthcoming from Routledge, is Twenty-Five Women Who Shaped the Italian Renaissance.  

    Dr. Ray welcomes the opportunity to work with B.A. and M.A. students interested in researching early modern topics and she regularly participates in the UD Undergraduate Research and Summer Scholars programs (http://urp.udel.edu).

    UD Experts: http://primus.nss.udel.edu/experts/326996617-Meredith_Kennedy_Ray 

    Academia.edu: https://udel.academia.edu/MeredithKRay

    Website: http://meredith-ray.squarespace.com

    Degrees

    ​Ph.D., University of Chicago

    Selected Publications

    Professional Activities

    Charles Speroni Endowed Chair in Medieval and Renaissance Literature and Culture, University of California, Los Angeles, 2017-2018. https://italian.ucla.edu/person/meredith-k-ray/

    Founding co-editor, with Dr. Gary Ferguson (University of Virginia), of The Early Modern Exchange series (University of Delaware Press) (http://library.udel.edu/udpress/series/earlymodernexchange

    General Editor, Twenty-Five Women Who Shaped… (Routledge)

    Subject Editor, The Routledge Encyclopedia of the Renaissance World

    Editorial board, Early Modern Women Journal and the University of Chicago Italian Women Writers Project (https://www.lib.uchicago.edu/efts/IWW/).

    Past President, the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender (https://ssemwg.org/)

    Courses Taught

    Office Hours

    Office Hours by appointment for Fall 2019


 

 

103A Jastak-Burgess HallNewark, DE 19716<div class="ExternalClass8146FE37CF9343DC87EAADBB1355E69E"><p>Meredith K. Ray is Professor of Italian at the University of Delaware, where she teaches courses on medieval and Renaissance Italian literature, history, and culture; Italian theater and music; and Italian detective fiction. She regularly offers courses on women writers of early modern Europe, Italy in the age of the Scientific Revolution, and Dante's <em>Divine Comedy</em> in Italian and in translation. She is affiliated with the Department of Women and Gender Studies and the European Studies program at the Center for Global and Area Studies.</p><p>Dr. Ray's research focuses on Italian women's writing of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, early modern science, epistolary writing, convent culture, and contemporary fictions of Renaissance Italy. She is the recipient of fellowships from the American Association of University Women, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Renaissance Society of America. Dr. Ray is the author of three monographs on women in early modern literary and scientific culture and has co-edited translations of Machiavelli and of Arcangela Tarabotti, the radical seventeenth-century nun and writer. Her books have been recognized with awards from national professional associations. Dr. Ray's current book project, forthcoming from Routledge, is <em>Twenty-Five Women Who Shaped the Italian Renaissance. </em> </p><p>Dr. Ray welcomes the opportunity to work with B.A. and M.A. students interested in researching early modern topics and she regularly participates in the UD Undergraduate Research and Summer Scholars programs (<a href="http://urp.udel.edu/"><strong>http://urp.udel.edu</strong></a>).</p><p>UD Experts: <a href="http://primus.nss.udel.edu/experts/326996617-Meredith_Kennedy_Ray"><strong>http://primus.nss.udel.edu/experts/326996617-Meredith_Kennedy_Ray</strong></a> </p><p>Academia.edu: <a href="https://udel.academia.edu/MeredithKRay"><strong>https://udel.academia.edu/MeredithKRay</strong></a></p><p>Website: <strong><a href="http://meredith-ray.squarespace.com/">http://meredith-ray.squarespace.com</a></strong></p></div><div class="ExternalClassE0079F5600A74D20B30235AD9BAA5177"><p>​Ph.D., University of Chicago</p></div><div class="ExternalClassCBEA12CC96A042088DEDC3EE589F5ADA"><span aria-hidden="true"></span><ul><li><em><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Arcangela-Tarabotti-Paradise-Medieval-Renaissance/dp/086698626X/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=convent+paradise&qid=1595273506&s=books&sr=1-1">Arcangela Tarabotti. Convent Paradise</a>, </em>ed. and trans. Meredith K. Ray and Lynn Westwater<em> </em>(Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2020)</li><li><em><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Machiavelli-Political-Historical-Literary-Foundation-ebook/dp/B084YRKJGH/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=machiavelli:+political%2c+historical%2c+and+literary+writings&qid=1595273560&s=books&sr=1-1">Machiavelli: Political, Historical, and Literary Writings</a>, </em>ed. Mark Jurdjevic and Meredith K. Ray; trans. Meredith K. Ray (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019)</li><li><em><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Margherita-Sarrocchis-Letters-Galileo-Seventeenth-Century-ebook/dp/B01GT9KBZE/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=margherita+sarrocchi%27s+letters+to+galileo&qid=1595273621&s=books&sr=1-1">Margherita Sarrocchi's Letters to Galileo: Astronomy, Astrology, and Poetics in Seventeenth-Century Italy</a></em> (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)</li><li><em><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Daughters-Alchemy-Scientific-Culture-Renaissance/dp/0674504232/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=daughters+of+alchemy&qid=1595273664&s=books&sr=1-1">Daughters of Alchemy: Women and Scientific Culture in Early Modern Italy</a> </em>(Harvard University Press, 2016). *Honorable Mention, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women</li><li><em><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Letters-Familiar-Formal-Modern-Europe/dp/0772721327/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=arcangela+tarabotti+letters+familiar+and+formal&qid=1595273731&s=books&sr=1-1">Arcangela Tarabotti. Letters Familiar and Formal</a></em><em>, </em>ed. and trans. Meredith K. Ray and Lynn Westwater (Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2012).*Best Translation, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women</li><li><em><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Writing-Collections-Italian-Renaissance-Toronto/dp/0802097049/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=writing+gender+in+women%27s+letter+collections+of+renaissance+italy&qid=1595273780&s=books&sr=1-1">Writing Gender in Women's Letter Collections of Renaissance Italy</a></em> (University of Toronto Press, 2009). *Best Book Prize, American Association of Italian Studies</li><li><em><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Lettere-Familiari-Complimento-Arcangela-Tarabotti/dp/8870118983">Arcangela Tarabotti: Lettere familiari e di complimento</a>,</em><em> </em>ed. and trans. Meredith K. Ray and Lynn Westwater (Rosenberg & Sellier, 2005)<br></li></ul></div><div class="ExternalClass55A6275B07784D04920B88F35BA4A0B9"><p>Charles Speroni Endowed Chair in Medieval and Renaissance Literature and Culture, University of California, Los Angeles, 2017-2018. <strong><a href="https://italian.ucla.edu/person/meredith-k-ray/">https://italian.ucla.edu/person/meredith-k-ray/</a></strong></p><p>Founding co-editor, with Dr. Gary Ferguson (University of Virginia), of <em>The Early Modern Exchange </em>series (University of Delaware Press) (<a href="http://library.udel.edu/udpress/series/earlymodernexchange/"><strong>http://library.udel.edu/udpress/series/earlymodernexchange</strong></a></p><p>General Editor, <em>Twenty-Five Women Who Shaped… </em>(Routledge)</p><p>Subject Editor, <em>The Routledge Encyclopedia of the Renaissance World </em></p><p>Editorial board, <em>Early Modern Women Journal</em> and the University of Chicago Italian Women Writers Project (<a href="https://www.lib.uchicago.edu/efts/IWW/"><strong>https://www.lib.uchicago.edu/efts/IWW/</strong></a>). </p><p>Past President, the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender (<a href="http://ssemw.org/"><strong></strong></a><strong><a href="https://ssemwg.org/">https://ssemwg.org/</a></strong>) </p></div><div class="ExternalClassB12E93A0236A404994DCFB98AEEFF3DA"><p><strong>​<a href="https://primus.nss.udel.edu/CoursesSearch/search-results?instr_name=Ray%2cMeredith" target="_blank">Instructor Schedule</a></strong></p></div><div class="ExternalClassECD529FD13294D05947A609F4FDCDB6A"><p><strong>Office Hours by appointment for Fall 2019</strong></p><p><br></p></div>DegreesSelected PublicationsProfessional ActivitiesCourses TaughtOffice Hoursmkray@udel.eduRay, Meredith K.<img alt="" src="/Images%20Bios/Ray.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Interim Department ChairProfessor of Italian

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