Lynn Westwater

Lynn Westwater

Title:
Associate Professor of Italian, Director of Italian Language and Literature
Office:
509B
Address: Phillips Hall
Phone: 202-994-3104
Email:
llww@gwu.edu

Background

Professor Westwater received her B.A. in Italian and English summa cum laude, with distinction in Italian, from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Italian Literature from the University of Chicago. 
 
She joined The George Washington faculty in 2006 and was visiting researcher at Ca' Foscari (Venice) in 2014-2015. Her research interests include polemical writing in Early Modern Italy; Early Modern women's writing; letter writing; convent writing; Venetian culture; the Italian Jewish experience; plagiarism in Early Modern Italy; and cultural production in Italian border regions. 
 
Her most recent publication, with Diana Robin, is Ippolita Maria Sforza, Duchess and Hostage in Renaissance Naples: Letters and Orations, edited and translated by Diana Robin and Lynn Lara Westwater (Iter Press and Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2017). 
 
For the 2016-2017 academic year, Professor Westwater received, together with her colleague Meredith Ray, a $190,000 National Endowment for the Humanities Scholarly Editions and Translations Grant. During the fellowship leave, Professors Ray and Westwater translated and wrote the critical apparatus for two devotional works of the Venetian nun and political dissident Arcangela Tarabotti (1604-1652), volumes that are part of their larger interest in early modern women's devotional literature. These two texts, Convent Paradise (originally published 1643) and Lament for Regina Donà (originally published 1650), are slated for publication in The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe series, pending review. This work was also supported by a grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. 
 
Professor Westwater has recently completed revision of a book manuscript entitled Sarra Copia Sulam, Ghetto Salonnière : Religious Freedom and the Press in Counter-Reformation Venice. 
 
Among her other books are an edition, edited and translated with Professor Ray, of Tarabotti's correspondence (Arcangela Tarabotti: Letters Familiar and Formal, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2012 [originally published in 1650]), 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 also 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 [2012]). 
 
Among the research support Professor Westwater has received are a J. William Fulbright Grant and a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. She has received extensive support for her research from The George Washington University, including a Dean's Research Chair Award for academic years 2017-2018 through 2019-2020, as well as numerous University Facilitating Fund and Columbian College Facilitating Fund Awards.