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.
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
B.A. English Literature, CUNY Lehman College, 1970 Ph.D. English Literature & Cultural Studies, Rutgers University, 1979
Professor Bella Mirabella will present the paper “‘Speak of me as I am:’ Clothing, Perception, and Character in Othello” at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America, held in New Orleans, Louisiana, in March 2016.
Mirabella, along with and Patricia Lennox, edited Shakespeare and Costume(Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015) and she contributed “‘Apparel oft Proclaims the Man:’ Dressing Othello on the English Renaissance Stage” to the book.
Bella Mirabella’s article “Stealing Center Stage: Female Mountebanks, Pseudo Science and non-Professional Theater,” was reprinted in All the World’s a Stage (ETS, 2015).
Bella Mirabella attended the May 2014 Folger Institute Seminar: Rogues, Gypsies, and Outsiders: Early Modern People on the Margins, led by David Cressy, in Washington, DC.
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.