Nancy L. Canepa

|Associate Professor
Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of French and Italian

My teaching and research centers on early modern Italy (1550-1700). I'm particularly fascinated by the development of new literary forms and languages during this period, in genres that range from the fairy tale to the mock epic to the travelogue.  Related interests include seventeenth-century Naples, dialect literature, the history of the European fairy tale, and translation.  I regularly teach courses in beginning language, and on early modern Italian literature and culture, fairy tales, and translation.


Dartmouth Hall, Room 213H
HB 6087


French and Italian


  • B.A. Cornell University
  • M.A. Yale University
  • M.Phil. Yale University
  • Ph.D. Yale University

Selected Publications

  • The Enchanted Boot: A Cultural History of the Italian Fairy Tale Through Its Tellers. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, in press.

  • Teaching Fairy Tales. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2019.

  • "The Formation of the Literary Fairy Tale in Early Modern Italy, 1550-1636." In Fairy Tale World. Ed. Andrew Teverson. New York, Routledge, 2019. 

  • Giambattista Basile, The Tale of Tales or Entertainment of Little Ones. (Translation, introduction, and notes.) New York: Penguin Books, 2016 (re-edition).

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Works In Progress

  • Castore Durante, Il Tesoro della sanità  (The Thesaurus of Health, 1586). Critical translation (in progress).

  • Baroque Metamorphoses: Cultural Turns in Seventeenth Century Naples (in progress).