Cox, Virginia

Authored/edited books

The Prodigious Muse: Women's Writing in Counter-Reformation. Italy. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011.

Women’s Writing in Italy, 1400-1650. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.

The Rhetoric of Cicero in its Medieval and Early Renaissance Commentary Traditions, ed. Virginia Cox and John O. Ward. Leiden: Brill, 2006 (Paperback edition 2011).

The Renaissance Dialogue: Literary Dialogue in its Social and Political Contexts, Castiglione to Galileo. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992 (Paperback edition 2008).


Journal articles/book chapters

'Rhetoric and Ethics in Machiavelli.' In Cambridge Companion to Machiavelli, ed. John Najemy, 173-89. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

'Gender and Eloquence in Ercole de' Roberti's Brutus and Portia.' Renaissance Quarterly, 62/1 (2009), 61-101.

'Leonardo Bruni on Women and Rhetoric: De studiis et litteris revisited.' Rhetorica, 27/1 (2009), 47-75.

‘Ciceronian rhetoric in late-medieval Italy’. In The Rhetoric of Cicero in its Medieval and Renaissance Traditions, ed. Virginia Cox and John O. Ward, 109-43. Leiden: Brill, 2006 109-43

‘Sixteenth-Century Women Petrarchists and the Legacy of Laura’. In Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, special edition, In the Footsteps of Petrarch:  Poetry, Music, Art, Culture, ed. Valeria Finucci, 2005. 583-606 (expanded Italian version, ‘Attraverso lo specchio: le petrarchiste del cinquecento e l’eredità di Laura’, in Petrarca : canoni, esemplarità, ed. Valeria Finucci. Roma: Bulzoni, 2006: 117-49)

‘Women Writers and the Canon in Sixteenth-century Italy: the Case of Vittoria Colonna’. In Strong Voices, Weak History? Women Writers and the Canon in Early Modern Europe, ed. Pamela J. Benson and Victoria Kirkham, 14-31. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2005

‘Rhetoric and Humanism in Quattrocento Venice’. In Renaissance Quarterly, 56: 3 (2003), 652-94

‘Ciceronian Rhetorical Theory in the Volgare: a Fourteenth-century Text and its Fifteenth-century Readers’. In Rhetoric and Renewal in the Latin West: Essays in Honour of John O. Ward, ed. Constant J. Mews, Cary J. Nederman, and Rodney M. Thompson. Turnhout: Brepols, 2003, 201-25

‘Fiction, 1560-1650’. In The Cambridge History of Italian Women’s Writing, ed. Letizia Panizza and Sharon Wood. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000, 52-64

‘Seen but not Heard: the Role of Women Speakers in Cinquecento Literary Dialogue’. In Women in Italian Renaissance Culture and Society, ed. Letizia Panizza. Oxford: European Humanities Research Centre, 2000, 385-400

‘Ciceronian Rhetoric in Italy, 1250-1360’. In Rhetorica, Vol. 17/3 (1999), 239-288

‘Women as Readers and Writers of Chivalric Literature’. In Sguardi sull’Italia. Miscellanea dedicata a Francesco Villari. Ed. Gino Bedani, Zygmunt Baranski, Anna Laura Lepschy, and Brian Richardson. Leeds: Society for Italian Studies, 1997, 134-45

‘Machiavelli and the Rhetorica ad Herennium: Deliberative Rhetoric in The Prince’. In Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. 28/4 (1997), 1109-1141

‘Tasso’s Malpiglio overo della corte: The Courtier Revisited’. In Modern Language Review, Vol. 90/4 (1995), 897-918

‘The Single Self: Feminist Thought and the Marriage Market in Early-Modern Venice’. Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 48/3 (1995), 513-81 (abridged version in The Renaissance: Italy and Abroad, ed. John Martin. London and New York: Routledge, 2003: 159-95

‘Rhetoric and Politics in Tasso’s Nifo’. In Studi secenteschi, Vol. 30 (1989), 3-98


Editions of texts

Maddalena Campiglia, Flori, a Pastoral Drama. A Bilingual Edition. Translated by Virginia Cox. Edited, with an introduction and notes by Virginia Cox and Lisa Sampson. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004

Modesta Pozzo [Moderata Fonte], The Worth of Women (Il merito delle donne), translated, with an introduction and notes by Virginia Cox. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1997

Baldassare Castiglione, The Book of the Courtier, translated by Sir Thomas Hoby (1561), with an introduction and notes by Virginia Cox. London: Everyman, 1994

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