Location: Bowdoin / Crystal Hall


Crystal Hall

Visiting Assistant Professor in the Digital Humanities

Contact Information

Digital And Comp Studies
310 Visual Arts Center

Spring 2015

  • Gateway to the Digital Humanities (INTD 2401)

Crystal Hall - Bowdoin College


  • B.A. Cornell
  • M.A., Ph.D. Pennsylvania

Research & Teaching Interests

  • Early Modern Italian Literature
  • Science and Literature
  • Renaissance Florence
  • Digital Humanities Research and Pedagogy
  • Second Language Acquisition


Galileo’s Reading. Cambridge University Press, December 2013.Galileo’s Reading. Cambridge University Press, December 2013.

Book Chapters

  • “Ariosto and the Wunderkammer: Reality, Illusion and Knowing in the Furioso,” invited chapter for Approaches to Teaching Ariosto’s Orlando furioso, eds. Albert Russell Ascoli and Eleonora Stoppino (MLA Series Approaches to Teaching World Literatures). 4,000 words. In press.
  • “Galileo and the Short Story,” invited chapter for Metamorphosis: The Italian Novella and its Transformations Through the Centuries, ed. Roberto Nicosia Cambridge Scholars Publications, 2011). Invited chapter. 5000 words. In press.


  • “‘Isolated from any village’: Vernon Lee’s Florence and Villa il Palmerino,” invited chapter for Nineteenth-Century Legacy: Anglo-American Expatriate Life in Florence, eds. Sirpa Salenius and Elise Ciregna, special issue of California Italian Studies Journal. 6,000 words. In press.
  • Orlando furioso: The Board Game” SMART: Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching. Peer-reviewed article. 5,000 words. In press.
  • “The Poetic Value of Galileo: Giulio Strozzi’s Venetia edificata (1624) and the Myth of Venice,” Renaissance Quarterly 66.2 (2013). Peer-reviewed article. 15,000 words. In Press.
  • “Vasari and Renaissance Book Culture.” SMA Register VIII.3 part 1. July 1, 2010-June 30, 2011. (2012): 58-87. Peer-reviewed article. 10,000 words.
  • “Galileo’s Rhetoric of Fable.” Quaderni d’Italianistica XXXI.2 (2010): 91-112. Peer-reviewed article. 8,500 words.

Book Reviews

  • “Tommaso Campanella, Selected Philosophical Poems of Tommaso Campanella. A Bilingual Edition, ed., trans. and annotations by Sherry Roush (University of Chicago Press, 2011).” Annali d’italianistica 31 (2013). 1000 words. In press.
  • “Mark Peterson, Galileo’s Muse (Harvard, 2011).”Sixteenth Century Journal XLIII.4 (2012): 1201-1203. 600 words.

  • “Margherita Costa’s Flora feconda from ‘poema’ to ‘drama musicale’,” invited paper at Renassiance Society of America Annual Conference. New York, NY. March 27-29, 2014.
  •  “Galileo, Dante, and the Authority of the Italian Language,” invited talk at Princeton University’s Humanities Seminar, March 11, 2014.
  • “How to Read Like Galileo,” invited talk at Franklin & Marshall College. Lancaster, PA. February 13, 2014.
  • “What Can Galileo Teach Us About Digital Humanities?” Computational and Liberal Arts Paper Series, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME. November 2013.
  • “Faith in Galileo’s Library,” Galileo: Faith, Science and the Arts International Conference, St. Michael’s College at University of Toronto. October 3-4, 2013.
  • “Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio in Galileo’s Library,” Mid-America Medievalist Association Annual Conference. Kansas City, MO. April 21, 2013.
  • “Margherita Costa in Galileo’s Library,” American Association of Italian Studies 2013 Conference in Eugene, OR. April 11-14, 2013.
  • “Galileo’s Monks,” invited paper for “The Monk, the Priest, the Nun” conference at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. March 22-23, 2013.
  • “Vasari and the Art of Books,” invited gallery talk at the Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS. November 6, 2012.
  • “Vasari and the Art of Books,” session at the European Renaissance Free Teacher Workshop, Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS. October 20, 2012.
  • Decameron VI in the Digital Humanities Classroom,” KU Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities THAT Camp Workshop, Lawrence, KS. September 20, 2012.
  • “Digital Humanities in the Classroom,” KU Teaching Summit 2012, Lawrence, KS, August 16, 2012.
  • “Painting with Printed Words: Vasari and Late-Renaissance Florentine Book Culture,” Sixteenth Century Society Conference, Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, October 27-30, 2011.
  • “Roundtable: Teaching the ‘Introduction to Italian Literature’ Course,” panel organizer. For AAIS (American Association of Italian Studies) 2011 Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, April 7-9, 2011.
  •  “Galileo’s Poetic Insults to Philosphers” American Association of Italian Studies 2011 Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, April 7-9, 2011.
  • “Galileo Galilei, Venetian Hero in the Time of Attila the Hun?” American Association of Italian Studies 2010 Conference, Ann Arbor, Michigan, April 22-25, 2010.
  • “Galileo’s Short Stories,” Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada, April 7-10, 2010.
  • “Galileo’s Voices of Fiction as Vehicles of Truth,” invited speaker for Humanities and Western Civilization seminar, University of Kansas, December 7, 2009.
  • “Footnotes to Satire as Footsteps of Enlightenment Science: Francesco Stelluti’s Persio sciolto (1623),” Mediterranean Studies Conference, Cagliari, Sardegna, May 27-30, 2009.
  • “Galileo’s Lesson to Don Quijote,” Early Modern Seminar, Hall Center, University of Kansas, April 6, 2009.
  •  “Aristotle Meets Aesop and Boccaccio in the Margins of Galileo’s Library,”  Newcastle University’s Early Modern Reading Conference, “The Early Modern Reader,” Newcastle, England, April 12, 2008.
  • “The Myth of Galileo,” talk presented to the Penn-in-Florence program, Palazzo Cerchi, Florence, Italy, July 3, 2007.
  • Working Papers Electronic Roundtable “Rated R(epresentation): Violence in Romance Literatures and Cultures,” University of Pennsylvania, Graduate Romanic Association, May 2007, http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/romance/gra/workingpapers/roundtable.html
  • In cerca di interlocutrice: Science and Poetry in the Case of Laura Bassi,” paper presented at the University of Chicago, Graduate Division of Italian Conference  “Scientifica-mente,” Chicago, Illinois, Feb. 26, 2006.
  • “Once Upon a Time in the Scientific Revolution: The Fiction of Galileo in Il saggiatore,” paper presented at the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate Romanic Association Annual Colloquium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 20, 2004.

Previous Digital and Computational Studies Course:

ITAL 480: Digital Manzoni (University of Kansas)

Favorite Final Projects:

“Inferno Census” for a Dante seminar. The project asks students to focus on their intended profession, identify best practices and historical examples of worst practices, and establish a hierarchy of judgment for the “sins” of the field. In addition to visualizing the space of judgment, students are asked to defend their system with research and explain how and why they relied (or not) on Dante to create their census results.

Orlando furioso Board Game” for a Renaissance Italian Literature course. The entire class collaborates to design a board game that recreates the act of reading the most popular epic poem of the Italian Renaissance. Students are asked to transform tropes, styles, themes, narrative lines, and cultural context into visual elements of the board and pieces or into the rules and events of the game.  All choices must be defended via debate or in written work that draws on literary criticism, historical research, and class discussion.