European literature of the Renaissance, poetic theory before 1700, postclassical history of Ancient genres.
Renaissance Society of America; NYU representative, Folger Institute,Washington D.C.
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1995-1996; Golden Dozen Teaching Award, New York University, 1995; Fellow, American Academy in Rome, 1989-1990; American Council of Learned Societies Research Fellowship, 1977, 1990.
Professor Javitch has been a member of the department since 1978. His publications include Poetry and Courtliness in Renaissance England (1978) and Proclaiming a Classic: The Canonization of "Orlando Furioso "(1991). He recently edited the Norton Critical Edition of Castiglione's Book of the Courtier. He is working on a book devoted to the emergence of genre theory in the sixteenth century. He has been the recipient of numerous grants, among them fellowships from Villa I Tatti, the ACLS, the American Academy in Rome, and the Guggenheim Foundation.
Proclaiming a Classic: The Canonization of Orlando Furioso. Princeton University Press. 1991.
Poetry and Courtliness in Renaissance England. Princeton University Press. 1978.