EISENBICHLER, KONRAD Contact Areas of Interest

Konrad Eisenbichler
Victoria College, NF 308
Toronto, ON  M5S 1K7
t: 416-585-4486
e: konrad.eisenbichler@utoronto.ca
  • Italy from 1300 to 1700, with a special focus on lay religious confraternities
  • Religious plays
  • Poetry
  • Women, sex and gender
  • The works of Michelangelo, Lorenzo de’ Medici, Girolamo Savonarola, etc

About

Professor Konrad Eisenbichler teaches in the Renaissance Studies Program and in the Department of Italian Studies. He completed his BA and MA at McMaster University and his PhD at the University of Toronto. Eisenbichler’s work focuses on the intersection of literature, politics and religion in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Italy. His work can be seen in his monograph The Boys of the Archangel Raphael. A Youth Confraternity in Florence, 1411-1785 (University of Toronto Press, 1998), which received the Howard A. Marraro Prize for 1999 from the American Catholic Historical Association and in translations such as his A Guide to Righteous Living and other Works, a collections  works by Girolamo Savonarola.  More recently, his monograph The Sword and the Pen: Women, Politics, and Poetry in Sixteenth-Century Siena (2012) won several prizes, including the Ennio Flaiano International Prize for Italian Studies (2013) and the “Outstanding Academic Title for 2013” awarded by Choice magazine. Eisenbichler has published extensively on Italian Renaissance history, culture, and literature. For his contribution to Italian culture, he has been knighted by the President of Italy at the rank of Knight Commander in the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy (2010) and inducted into the Venetian chivalric order of the Knights of St Mark (2014). He is also the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies (2012).

Curriculum Vitae

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Primary Teaching

At the graduate level

  • Italian Theatre, 1450-1600
  • Florence in the Renaissance
  • Italian literature, 1350-1650

At the undergraduate level

  • Sex and gender in the Renaissance
  • Media in the Renaissance
  • Medieval and Renaissance literature
  • Florence in the sixteenth century

Selected Publications

The Sword and the Pen: Women, Poetry and Politics in Sixteenth-Century Siena.  Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2012.  400 pp.

L’opera poetica di Virginia Martini Salvi (Siena, c. 1510 – Roma, post 1571. Siena: Accademia degli Intronati di Siena, 2012. Pp. 224.

The Boys of the Archangel Raphael. A Youth Confraternity in Florence, 1411-1785 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1998. 474 pp. 10 ill.

(translator) Savonarola, Girolamo. A Guide to Righteous Living and other Works, trans. and intro. by Konrad Eisenbichler. Toronto: CRRS, 2003. 250 pp., 14 ill.

(editor) The Greenhaven Encyclopedia of the Renaissance, ed. Tom Streissguth; consulting editor Konrad Eisenbichler. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2008. 353 pp., illustrations

(editor) Renaissance Medievalisms, ed. Konrad Eisenbichler. Essays and Studies, 18. Toronto: CRRS, 2009. 360 pp., 10 ill.

Accomplishments & Awards

2014: Awarded “Outstanding Academic Title for 2013” from Choice magazine

2014: Awarded the Medaglia al merito (Medal of Merit) from the Autonomous Region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia (Italy)

2014: Appointed Cavaliere (knight) in the Associazione Cavalieri di San Marco (Knights of St. Mark)

2013: Awarded the “Ennio Flaiano International Prize” in Italian Literary Criticism

2012: Lifetime Achievement Award, from the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies

2010: Appointed Commendatore (Knight commander) in the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy (equivalent to Officer in the Order of Canada)

2009: Winner of the “International Prize ‘Day of Remembrance’” (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Culture, Republic of Italy)

2008: Elected Socio straniero  (Foreign Member) of the Ateneo Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti (Venice), a learned academy founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in Venice on 12 January 1812.

2006: Winner of the “International Literary Prize ‘Umberto Saba’” (Trieste) for translation and scholarship.

2005: Winner of the prize for translation, offered by the Working Group on Language and Publications, Committee for the Promotion of Italian Culture Abroad, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of Italy.

1999: Winner of the Howard R. Marraro Prize from the American Catholic Historical Association

1995: Winner of the Gold Medal for “Fedeltà al lavoro” (Faithfulness to work) awarded by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of  Trieste, Italy