Dante Society of America Liaison to the RSA

Research specializations: Medieval-Renaissance Italian literature, Petrarch, Petrarchism in Italy and France, neo-Latin humanism, Querelle des femmes, comparative literature (Latin, French, Italian), gender and women’s studies



PhD in Italian Studies, University of California, Berkeley (2008)
MA in Italian, University of Notre Dame (2002)
BA in French and Italian, University of Texas, Austin (2000)

2016-2017: Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fellow, Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies



Monographs & scholarly books

Writing Beloveds: Humanist Petrarchism and the Politics of Gender . Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017.


The Poetry of Burchiello (ca. 1404-1449): Deep-fried Nouns, Hunchbacked Pumpkins, and Other Nonsense.  Introduction, translation and notes by Fabian Alfie & Aileen A. Feng.  Tempe, AZ: ACMRS, 2017.


Rethinking Gaspara Stampa in the Canon of Renaissance Poetry. Ed. Unn Falkeid & Aileen A. Feng.  Farnham: Ashgate, 2015.  (Now published by Routledge)


Second monograph (in progress):  Feminism’s First Paradox: Female Misogyny and Homosociality in Early Modern Italy

Peer-refereed Articles & Chapters in Scholarly Books
“Editors’ Introduction.” The Poetry of Burchiello (ca. 1404-1449):  Deep-fried Nouns, Hunchbacked Pumpkins, and Other Nonsense.  Trans. and notes by Fabian Alfie and Aileen A. Feng.  Tempe, AZ: ACMRS Press, 2017 .  50% authorship.

“Editors’ Introduction.”  Rethinking Gaspara Stampa in the Canon of Renaissance 
Poetry. Ed. Unn Falkeid and Aileen A. Feng.  Women and Gender in the Early 
Modern World Series.  Farnham: Ashgate, 2015. pp. 1-12.  50% authorship.

“Desiring Subjects: Mimetic Desire and Female Invidia in Gaspara Stampa’s Rime.” Rethinking Gaspara Stampa in the Canon of Renaissance Poetry.  Ed. Unn Falkeid & Aileen A. Feng. Farnham: Ashgate, 2015.  pp. 75-91.

“’Volto di Medusa’: Monumentalizing the self in Petrarch’s Rerum Vulgarium Fragmenta.” Forum Italicum 47.3 (November 2013): 494 – 518.

“In Laura’s Shadow: Casting Female Humanists as Petrarchan Beloveds in Quattrocento Letters.”  The Inner Life of Women in Medieval Romance Literature: Grief, Guilt, and Hypocrisy. Ed. Jeff Rider and Jamie Friedman.  New Middle Ages Series. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.  pp. 223-247.


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