Associate Professor of Italian, Director of Italian Language and Literature
Professor Westwater received her B.A. in Italian and English summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Italian Literature from the University of Chicago. She joined The George Washington faculty in 2006. Her research interests include polemical writing in Early Modern Italy; Early Modern women's writing; convent writing; Venetian culture; the Italian Jewish experience; plagiarism in Early Modern Italy; and cultural production in Italian border regions. She has recently completed a book manuscript entitled Sarra Copia Sulam, Ghetto Salonnière : Religious Freedom and the Press in Counter-Reformation Venice. She and her colleague Meredith Ray recently published a co-edited and -translated edition of seventeenth-century Venetian nun Arcangela Tarabotti's correspondence (Arcangela Tarabotti: Letters Familiar and Formal, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2012), which was selected as 2012 best translation by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. She and Ray also issued the Italian edition of the work (Lettere familiari e di complimento, Rosenberg & Sellier, 2005). Professor Westwater has published numerous articles and book chapters in the field of early modern Italian studies, including “A Rediscovered Friendship in the Republic of Letters: The Unpublished Correspondence of Arcangela Tarabotti and Ismaёl Boulliau” (Renaissance Quarterly 65, no. 1 ).