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John McLucas
Adjunct Professor

John C. McLucas is Professor of Italian and Latin in the Department of Foreign Languages at Towson University.  He received his BA in Latin Classics from Wesleyan in 1974, and his PhD in Italian Language and Literature from Yale in 1983.  His poetry and short fiction, in Italian and English translation, has appeared in VIA: Voices in Italian America.  His scholarly work includes numerous conference papers and published articles on the Italian epic tradition, particularly Ariosto’s Orlando furioso, in journals including Italian Culture, The Italianist, and Stanford Italian Studies; his reviews have appeared in Forum Italicum and Speculum.  His translations of sixteenth-century Latin documents about the first encounter between Europe and America were published by UCLA in the Repertorium Columbianum series in 2002.  He is a frequent contributor to the Italian humanities journal Lyceum, with pieces on topics ranging from national identity to the Italian opera tradition.  He edited a volume of Olifant, the journal of the Société Rencesvals; this volume appeared in 2003.  He recently completed a translation of Tullia d’Aragona’s epic-romance, Il Meschino, altramente detto il Guerrino (1560), believed to be the first book of comparable length by a woman published in Italian.  This translation, edited and annotated by Julia L. Hairston, is forthcoming from the University of Toronto Press in the series, “The Other Voice.”  Several of Dr. McLucas’ recent conference papers and articles have focused on various aspects of the Meschino.  He has an article on approaches to teaching Ariosto forthcoming in the journal Italica.