Margaret Rosenthal

Margaret "Tita" Rosenthal

Margaret "Tita" Rosenthal (Ph.D. in Italian from Yale University) is a Professor of Italian literature in the USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. She is a specialist in renaissance Italian literature and social history, with a particular interest in the literary production of sixteenth-century women authors. She has published numerous chapters and articles on the Venetian courtesan poet, Veronica Franco. Her books include: The Honest Courtesan: Veronica Franco, Citizen and Writer of Sixteenth-Century Venice (1992) which won the Howard R. Marraro Prize from the Modern Language Association of America in 1994 for the best book in Italian Studies. This book was made into the Warner Brothers’ feature film “Dangerous Beauty” and was released worldwide in 1998. This film is being developed into a Broadway-bound musical. For both movie and musical, Professor Rosenthal has offered advice on plot development, characterization and Venetian renaissance culture. She is also the translator and editor (with Ann R. Jones of Smith College) of Poems and Selected Letters of Veronica Franco (1998). Her most recent book, Clothing of the Renaissance World, co-edited with Ann R. Jones is a translation of Cesare Vecellio’s hugely influential 1590 costume book. This book was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant and will be published in October 2008 by Thames and Hudson, London.

Tita is the recipient of numerous research grants and has been awarded a number of teaching prizes for her commitment to undergraduate teaching. Most recently, she received the USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007.

As a CET fellow she would like to contribute to the mentoring of teaching assistants, in particular international graduate students who are preparing for a first academic job. She is also interested in developing a collaborative workshop to explore ideas with advanced graduate students on interdisciplinary courses intended as General Education Core curricula that utilize innovative teaching strategies from neighboring and more distant disciplines in the College. She plans to organize and co-direct a series of teaching workshops led by CET fellows for new Assistant professors and graduate students on pedagogy and interdisciplinarity as a specific teaching tool.