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Bella Mirabella

Bella Mirabella

Associate Professor
B.A. English Literature, CUNY Lehman College, 1970
Ph.D. English Literature & Cultural Studies, Rutgers University, 1979

Bella Mirabella, associate professor of literature and humanities, specializes in Renaissance studies, with a focus on drama, theater, performance and gender. She is the editor the book, Ornamentalism: The Art of Renaissance Accessories ; co-editor of Left Politics and the Literary Profession, and has written articles on women, performance and sexual politics in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, including “Mute Rhetorics: Women, Dance, and the Gaze in Renaissance England,” “‘Quacking Delilahs’: Female Mountebanks in Early Modern England and Italy,” and “‘A Wording Poet:’ Othello Among the Mountebanks,” as well as "Queen Elizabeth and the Dance of Diplomacy."Her current work includes an analysis of place, object and performance in the Renaissance. Since 1987, Professor Mirabella has directed and taught Gallatin’s Renaissance Humanities Seminar in Florence, Italy. She has received Gallatin’s Adviser of Distinction Award as well as NYU’s Great Teacher Award.


Professor Bella Mirabella and Professor Patricia Lennox have co-edited for Arden/Bloomsbury Books: Shakespeare and Costume (April 2014).

Professor Mirabella delivered the paper “‘I Can No Longer Hold Me Patient:’ Margaret, Anger and Political Voice in Richard III” at the Renaissance Society of America’s April 2013 meeting. She lectured on Renaissance accessories at Parsons The New School of Design in October 2013.  


Contact Information

Bella Mirabella

Associate Professor
1 Wash Pl, Room 403
(212) 998-7368
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Office Hours
Tuesday 11-12:30, 2-3
Thursday 11-12:30, 2-3, 5-5:30


2015 Spring

Thesis Proposal Seminar
Tue 6:20 PM - 7:35 PM

Pride and Power: Renaissance Revolutions in Art and Culture
Tue,Thu 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

2015 Summer

Italian Renaissance, Art and Literature: The Culture Explosion

2014 Spring

Thesis Proposal Seminar
Tue 6:20 PM - 7:35 PM

Tragic Visions
Tue,Thu 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Research and Teaching Interests

Shakespeare; Dante; English, Italian and Renaissance literature; drama and culture; ancient drama; women and performance; feminism and gender studies; critical writing

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