Elizabeth Horodowich, Ph.D.


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B.A., Oberlin College, 1992

Ph.D., The University of Michigan, 2000

Curriculum Vitae: Horodowich C.V.

Research and Teaching Interests: Early Modern Europe and Italy, History of Women and Gender, Travel Literature and the New World Discoveries, History of Cartography, History of Food

Professor Horodowich teaches and researches early modern European history with a focus on sixteenth-century Italy and Venice. She has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from a variety of institutions, including The American Historical Association, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Newberry Library, The Renaissance Society of America, and Harvard University’s Villa I Tatti. Her forthcoming books, The Venetian Discovery of America: Geographic Imagination and Print Culture in the Age of Encounters (Cambridge, 2018), and Italy and the New World, 1492-1750, edited with Lia Markey (Cambridge, 2017) both explore the reception of New World knowledge in Italy, as well as the ways that Italian representations of the New World were crucial to the invention of America.

Her research in progress – a monograph and website entitled Amerasia: A European Discovery in the First Global Age (co-authored with Alexander Nagel) – explores the myriad ways that Europeans understood and represented America as Asia during the course of the sixteenth century. It was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research Grant (2017-19).

Listen to Professor Horodowich’s keynote lecture on the Venetian Discovery of the New World, broadcast on Australia’s Radio National:  Click Here

Selected Recent Publications:

The Venetian Discovery of America: Geographic Imagination and Print Culture in the Age of Encounters, forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, 2018.

Italy and the New World, 1492-1750, ed. Elizabeth Horodowich and Lia Markey, forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, 2017.

“Venetian Wall Maps and the Discovery of the New World,” in The Globalization of Renaissance Art: A Critical Review, ed. Daniel Savoy, forthcoming, Brill, 2018.

“The Language of Gondoliers,” with Andrea Rizzi, in Language Interactions in Early Modern Europe, ed. Eva Del Soldato and Andrea Rizzi, forthcoming, Routledge, 2017.

“The Power of Language in the Diaries of Marin Sanudo,” in Languages of Power in Italy, ed. Daniel Bornstein and Laura Gaffuri, forthcoming, Brepols, 2017.

“The Wider World: Foreigners, Travel, and Geography,” in Italian Renaissance Diplomacy: A Sourcebook, ed. Isabella Lazzarini and Monica Azzolini (Durham and Toronto: Durham University Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies/Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 2017), 190-213.

“The Meaning of Gossip in Sixteenth-Century Venice,” in Spoken Word and Social Practice: Orality in Europe (1400-1700), ed. Thomas Cohen and Lesley Twomey, (Leiden: Brill, 2015), 319-42.

“Witchcraft and Rumour in Renaissance Venice,” in Fama and her Sisters: Gossip and Rumour in Early Modern Europe, ed. Claire Walker and Heather Kerr (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2015), 65-83.

“Venetians in America: Nicolò Zen and the Virtual Exploration of the New World,” Renaissance Quarterly 67:3 (2014): 841-877.

A Brief History of Venice, Constable and Robinson, London, 2009.

Language and Statecraft in Early Modern Venice, Cambridge University Press, New York, 2008 (paperback edition issued 2011).


History 101G: The Roots of Modern Europe

History 102G: Modern Europe

Honors 220G: The Renaissance: Discovering the Modern

Honors 222G: The Foundations of Western Culture

History 333: Renaissance and Reformation Europe

History 334: Art and Life in Renaissance Italy

History 379: The History of Italy

History 388: Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe

History 424: The History of Food

History 596: Graduate Research Seminar