Maria Del Sapio Garbero


Maria Del Sapio Garbero is Professor Emerita of English Literature at Roma Tre University, where she also served as Vice President of the School of Humanities,  and she is the founding Honorary President of the Shakespeare’s Rome International Summer School (SRISS). She has done extensive work on Shakespeare (with a special concern with the Roman works, the late plays, the European Hamlet, gender studies, the interfacing of literature, science and the visual arts), as well as  Victorian, modernist, and postmodern literature and culture. She was a member of the ESRA Board (European Shakespeare Research Association), the co-convenor of the Rome edition of ESRA 2019, and a member of the  Advisory Board of ESRA 2021 (Athens). She is  a delegate member of the Stratford-upon-Avon International Shakespeare Conference. She was a member of the editorial board of Textus. English Studies in Italy and she is  co-editor of the book series “Biblioteca di Studi Inglesi” for Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura. She is the author of Il bene ritrovato. Le figlie di Shakespeare dal King Lear ai romances (2005) and the newly issued Shakespeare’s Ruins and Myth of Rome (Routledge, 2022).


Selected Shakespearean publications:

Shakespeare’s Ruins and Myth of Rome (New York and London: Routledge, 2022, pp. 404).

Rome in Shakespeare’s World, ed. (Roma: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2018).

“Shakespeare in One Act. Looking for Ophelia in the Italian War Time Context”, Skenè. Journal of Theatre and Drama Studies, 4:1 (2018), pp. 145-62.

Shakespeare and the New Science in Early Modern Culture, ed.  (Pisa: Pacini, 2016).

“‘Be stone no more’: Maternity and Heretical Visual Art in Shakespeare’s Late Plays”, Actes des congrès de la Société Française Shakespeare. [En ligne], 33 / 2015. URL:

“Shakespeare’s Maternal Transfigurations”, in K. Bamford and N. J. Miller, eds, Maternity and Romance Narratives in Early Modern England (Farnham and Burlington VT, Ashgate, 2015), pp. 93-117.

“Troubled Metaphors: Shakespeare and the Renaissance Anatomy of the Eye”, in Dialoge zwischen Wissenschaft, Kunst und Literatur in der Renaissance, Klaus Bergdolt and Manfred Pfister, eds, Wolfenbütteler Abhandlungen zur Renaissance-forschung, 27 (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz,  2011), pp. 43-70.

Questioning Bodies in Shakespeare’s Rome, co-ed. (Göttingen, V&R Unipress, 2010).

“A Spider in the Eye/I: The Hallucinatory Staging of the Self in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale”, in Solo performances. Staging the Early Modern Self in England, Ute Berns, ed. (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi,  2010), pp.133-156.

Identity, Otherness, and Empire in Shakespeare’s Rome, ed. (Farnham and Burlington VT: Ashgate , 2009.  Routledge, paperback rpt, 2016).

“Translating Hamlet / Botching up Ophelia’s Half Sense”, Textus, 3, 2007, pp. 518-537. Reprinted in Harold Bloom, ed., William Shakespeare’s Hamlet (New York: Infobase Publishing, 2009), pp. 135-150.

Il bene ritrovato. Le figlie di Shakespeare dal King Lear ai romances (Roma: Bulzoni, 2005).

La Traduzione di Amleto nella cultura europea, ed. (Venezia, Marsilio, 2002).

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