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Bella Mirabella

Founding Professor Emerita

B.A., English Literature, CUNY Lehman College, 1970
Ph.D., English Literature, 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 (University of Michigan Press, 2011); co-editor of Shakespeare and Costume (Bloomsbury, 2015) ;  co-editor of Left Politics and the Literary Profession (Columbia University Press, 1991), 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," "Stealing Center Stage: Female Mountebanks, Pseudo Science and non-Professional Theater," 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.     

Edited Volumes


Shakespeare and Costume

Shakespeare and Costume, edited by Bella Mirabella with Patricia Lennox, was published by Bloomsbury.


Ornamentalism: The Art of Renaissance Accessories

Bella Mirabella's edited volume Ornamentalism: The Art of Renaissance Accessories was published by University of Michigan Press.

Teaching and Research Interests

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

Bella Mirabella