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Education:

  • Ph. D. Italian Literature and Minor in Comparative Literature, Stanford University, Stanford, California, April 04, 1996
    Dissertation: The Education of Venus: Female Images and Male Imagination in the Love Treatises of the Italian Renaissance.
  • M.A. Comparative Literature, University of California, Los Angeles, California, 1987
    Specialization in German, Italian and English
  • B.A. German Language and Literature Minor in Italian and English Literature, I.U.L.M, Istituto di Lingue e Letterature Moderne, Milano, Italy, 1984
    Thesis topic: The Influence of Medieval German Culture on the Pennsylvania Dutch.

Professional Experience:

  • Consultant - Octel Communications - Milpitas (CA) (1996 - 1996)
    Consultant for project in connection with Telecom Italia.
  • CFO - Le Due Gatte - San Francisco (1992 - 1995)
    Product development, marketing and accounting for import business.
  • Junior Consultant - Mentor International - San Francisco (1986 - 1987)
    Junior consultant for international projects (Italian).
  • Marketing Assistant - Essex Marketing Corporation - Los Angeles (1985 - 1986)
    Marketing assistant for product development (German).

Teaching Experience:

  • Chair - Department of Modern Languages (January 2005 - July 2009)
  • Director - International Area Studies (July 2004 - July 2005)
  • Associate Professor - Saint Mary's College of California, Moraga, California (2002 - Present)
  • Lecturer - University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California (1997 - 2000)
  • Teaching Fellow - Stanford University, Stanford, California (1997 - 2002)
  • Teaching Fellow - Stanford University, Stanford, California (1988 - 1992)
  • Teacher - Oxford Institutes, Milano, Italy (1979 - 1981)
  • Teacher - Scuola Pratica di Lingue, Milano, Italy (1978 - 1982)

Award:

  • Poetry Award - I.U.L.M. (1982)

Fellowships:

  • Department Fellowship - Stanford University (1987)
    1987-1992
  • Research Fellowship - U.C.L.A. (1985)

Grant:

  • Alumni -Faculty Grant - St. Mary's College of California (2003)

Honor:

  • College Nomination - National Endowment for the Humanities (2002)
    College Nomination to the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Grant

Presentations:

Selected Presentations

  • • Transfiguring the Nativity: Change and Continuity in the Iconography of Holy Births from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.. Dopfel, Costanza
    International Medieval Congress, Leeds U.K.
    (July 2013)
  • Holy Mothers and Vanished Nativities: Iconographic Transformation of Nativity Scenes from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.. Dopfel, Costanza
    . Infertility and Sacred Space Conference, Cambridge, U.K.
    (July 2013)
  • The Influence of the Legenda Aurea in the Iconography of Sacred Births.. Dopfel, Costanza
    International Medieval Conference at Kalamazoo
    (May 2012)
  • The Urbe as Theater: Pius II and the Reshaping of Romes Urban Narrative. Dopfel, Costanza (talk, speech or lecture)
    Renaissance Society of Southern California
    (May 07, 2011)
  • Holy Mothers and Vanished Nativities: Origins and transformations of the Iconography of Christ's Birth. Dopfel, Costanza (talk, speech or lecture)
    Renaissance Society of America International Conference
    (March 25, 2011)
  • Reshaping Rome’s Narrative: The Curious Case of Sigismondo Malatesta’s Execution. Dopfel, Costanza (paper)
    CICIS International Conference - Rome
    Looking at the use of political statements, such as executions, as a way to redefine the meaning and relevance of specific areas in early modern Rome
    (May 15, 2010)
  • Gemistos Plethon and Sigismondo’s ‘Byzantine’ destiny. Dopfel, Costanza (paper)
    Renaissance Society of America International Conference, Venice, Italy
    Investigating the connection between the Byzantine philosopher Gemistos and the Italian warlord Sigismondo Malatesta
    (April 09, 2010)
  • Holy Mothers and Vanished Nativities. Dopfel, Costanza (paper)
    Renaissance Conference of Southern California
    tracing the origin of iconography of the Nativity of the Virgin to representations of Christ's Nativity before AD 1300
    (February 06, 2010)
  • The Birth of The Virgin and the Nativity of Christ. Dopfel, Costanza (paper)
    Visual Literacy in Faith-Based Higher Education
    Looking at the iconography of holy births in the context of visual literacy
    (October 10, 2009)
  • The Tradition of the Birth of the Virgin in the Art of Latin West. Dopfel, Costanza (paper)
    American Catholic Historical Association, Philadelphia
    (April 17, 2009)
  • The Vanished Nativity. Dopfel, Costanza (talk, speech or lecture)
    Women's Studies Forum, Saint Mary's College
    (April 2008)
  • Holy Mothers: The Nativity of the Virgin and the Experience of Birthgiving in the Italian Renaissance. Dopfel, Costanza (paper)
    Renaissance Conference of Southern California
    (March 03, 2007)
  • The Laws of Fashion: Regulating Social Identity in Renaissance Italy. Dopfel, Costanza (paper)
    Renaissance Society of America International Conference
    (March 23, 2006)
  • The Renaissance Fashion Show - Plenary Session. Dopfel, Costanza (talk, speech or lecture)
    RSA, Renaissance Society of America International Conference
    (March 23, 2006)
  • Seen Through My Lady's Eyes: Women's Lives in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Dopfel, Costanza (invited)
    Public Forum, San Rafael Library Events
    (January 04, 2006)
  • The Other Nativity. Dopfel, Costanza (paper)
    Sacramental Symposium
    (November 2005)
  • Portraying the Enemy: Pius II's Commentarii and the Making of Sigismondo Malatesta's Infernal Legend. Dopfel, Costanza (paper)
    Renaissance Conference of Southern California, Huntington Library
    (March 05, 2005)
  • Italian Literature Panel. Dopfel, Costanza (panel or forum chair, moderator, or leader)
    RSA, Renaissance Society of America International Conference
    Chair, Italian Literature Panel, Renaissance Society of America International Conference
    (April 03, 2004)
  • The Intellectual Procuress: the Influence of La Celestina on the Love Dialogues of the Italian Renaissance. Dopfel, Costanza and Ramirez, Alvaro (paper)
    Southern California Renaissance Conference, Huntington Library, San Marino, California
    (February 2004)
  • Isotta's Book and Sigismondo's Temple: A Renaissance Love Story as Political Statement. Dopfel, Costanza (talk, speech or lecture)
    Renaissance Society of America Annual International Conference, Toronto, Canada
    (March 2003)
  • From Christine's Study to Virginia's Room: What happened to the Female Intellectual?. Dopfel, Costanza (talk, speech or lecture, invited)
    Soroptimist International, San Francisco
    (April 2000)
  • Portrait of the Writer as Artist: Firenzuola, Trissino and the Redefinition of Female Beauty. Dopfel, Costanza (talk, speech or lecture)
    Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Toronto, Canada
    (October 1999)
  • Redifining the Role of the Intellectual in 16th Century Italy. Dopfel, Costanza (talk, speech or lecture)
    Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Atlanta
    (October 1998)
  • Giuseppe Betussi's Raverta. Dopfel, Costanza (talk, speech or lecture)
    Northern California Renaissance Society, U.C. Davis
    (April 1997)
  • From Witchcraft to Eloquence: The Parody of Female Education. Dopfel, Costanza (talk, speech or lecture)
    Northern California Renaissance Society, Mills College
    (April 1996)
  • Collecting Fragments: Behind the Myth of Zeuxis. Dopfel, Costanza (talk, speech or lecture)
    Northern California Renaissance Society, University of San Francisco
    (April 1995)
  • Renaissance Scholars and Feminist Criticism. Dopfel, Costanza (talk, speech or lecture)
    Italian Colloquium Series, Stanford University
    (June 1994)
  • Sperone Speroni e l'apologia dei dialogi. Dopfel, Costanza (talk, speech or lecture)
    Northern California Renaissance Society, Sonoma State University
    (April 1994)

Selected Presentations

  • • Transfiguring the Nativity: Change and Continuity in the Iconography of Holy Births from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.. Dopfel, Costanza
    International Medieval Congress, Leeds U.K.
    (July 2013)
  • Holy Mothers and Vanished Nativities: Iconographic Transformation of Nativity Scenes from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.. Dopfel, Costanza
    . Infertility and Sacred Space Conference, Cambridge, U.K.
    (July 2013)
  • The Influence of the Legenda Aurea in the Iconography of Sacred Births.. Dopfel, Costanza
    International Medieval Conference at Kalamazoo
    (May 2012)
  • The Urbe as Theater: Pius II and the Reshaping of Romes Urban Narrative. Dopfel, Costanza (talk, speech or lecture)
    Renaissance Society of Southern California
    (May 07, 2011)
  • Holy Mothers and Vanished Nativities: Origins and transformations of the Iconography of Christ's Birth. Dopfel, Costanza (talk, speech or lecture)
    Renaissance Society of America International Conference
    (March 25, 2011)
  • Reshaping Rome’s Narrative: The Curious Case of Sigismondo Malatesta’s Execution. Dopfel, Costanza (paper)
    CICIS International Conference - Rome
    Looking at the use of political statements, such as executions, as a way to redefine the meaning and relevance of specific areas in early modern Rome
    (May 15, 2010)
  • Gemistos Plethon and Sigismondo’s ‘Byzantine’ destiny. Dopfel, Costanza (paper)
    Renaissance Society of America International Conference, Venice, Italy
    Investigating the connection between the Byzantine philosopher Gemistos and the Italian warlord Sigismondo Malatesta
    (April 09, 2010)
  • Holy Mothers and Vanished Nativities. Dopfel, Costanza (paper)
    Renaissance Conference of Southern California
    tracing the origin of iconography of the Nativity of the Virgin to representations of Christ's Nativity before AD 1300
    (February 06, 2010)
  • The Birth of The Virgin and the Nativity of Christ. Dopfel, Costanza (paper)
    Visual Literacy in Faith-Based Higher Education
    Looking at the iconography of holy births in the context of visual literacy
    (October 10, 2009)
  • The Tradition of the Birth of the Virgin in the Art of Latin West. Dopfel, Costanza (paper)
    American Catholic Historical Association, Philadelphia
    (April 17, 2009)
  • The Vanished Nativity. Dopfel, Costanza (talk, speech or lecture)
    Women's Studies Forum, Saint Mary's College
    (April 2008)
  • Holy Mothers: The Nativity of the Virgin and the Experience of Birthgiving in the Italian Renaissance. Dopfel, Costanza (paper)
    Renaissance Conference of Southern California
    (March 03, 2007)
  • The Laws of Fashion: Regulating Social Identity in Renaissance Italy. Dopfel, Costanza (paper)
    Renaissance Society of America International Conference
    (March 23, 2006)
  • The Renaissance Fashion Show - Plenary Session. Dopfel, Costanza (talk, speech or lecture)
    RSA, Renaissance Society of America International Conference
    (March 23, 2006)
  • Seen Through My Lady's Eyes: Women's Lives in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Dopfel, Costanza (invited)
    Public Forum, San Rafael Library Events
    (January 04, 2006)
  • The Other Nativity. Dopfel, Costanza (paper)
    Sacramental Symposium
    (November 2005)
  • Portraying the Enemy: Pius II's Commentarii and the Making of Sigismondo Malatesta's Infernal Legend. Dopfel, Costanza (paper)
    Renaissance Conference of Southern California, Huntington Library
    (March 05, 2005)
  • The Intellectual Procuress: the Influence of La Celestina on the Love Dialogues of the Italian Renaissance. Dopfel, Costanza and Ramirez, Alvaro (paper)
    Southern California Renaissance Conference, Huntington Library, San Marino, California
    (February 2004)
  • Isotta's Book and Sigismondo's Temple: A Renaissance Love Story as Political Statement. Dopfel, Costanza (talk, speech or lecture)
    Renaissance Society of America Annual International Conference, Toronto, Canada
    (March 2003)
  • From Christine's Study to Virginia's Room: What happened to the Female Intellectual?. Dopfel, Costanza (talk, speech or lecture, invited)
    Soroptimist International, San Francisco
    (April 2000)
  • Portrait of the Writer as Artist: Firenzuola, Trissino and the Redefinition of Female Beauty. Dopfel, Costanza (talk, speech or lecture)
    Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Toronto, Canada
    (October 1999)
  • Redifining the Role of the Intellectual in 16th Century Italy. Dopfel, Costanza (talk, speech or lecture)
    Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Atlanta
    (October 1998)
  • Giuseppe Betussi's Raverta. Dopfel, Costanza (talk, speech or lecture)
    Northern California Renaissance Society, U.C. Davis
    (April 1997)
  • From Witchcraft to Eloquence: The Parody of Female Education. Dopfel, Costanza (talk, speech or lecture)
    Northern California Renaissance Society, Mills College
    (April 1996)
  • Collecting Fragments: Behind the Myth of Zeuxis. Dopfel, Costanza (talk, speech or lecture)
    Northern California Renaissance Society, University of San Francisco
    (April 1995)
  • Renaissance Scholars and Feminist Criticism. Dopfel, Costanza (talk, speech or lecture)
    Italian Colloquium Series, Stanford University
    (June 1994)
  • Sperone Speroni e l'apologia dei dialogi. Dopfel, Costanza (talk, speech or lecture)
    Northern California Renaissance Society, Sonoma State University
    (April 1994)

Publications:

  • Dopfel, Costanza. "The Urbe as Theater." Journal of the Humanities 9.8 (2012): 129 - 138
  • Dopfel, Costanza. "Reshaping Rome's Narrative." Early Modern Rome 1341-1667 1 (2011): 682-690
  • Dopfel, Costanza. 2009. Isotta's Book and Sigismondo's Temple, The Medal, British Museum, vol. 54, ed. Atwood, Philip, Cambridge University Press
  • Dopfel, Costanza. 2006. Cotticelli, Francesco, Anne Goodrich Heck, and Thomas F. Heck (eds. and trans.). The Commedia dellArte in Naples: A Bilingual Edition of the 176 Casamarciano Scenarios, ECCB - The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography
  • Dopfel, Costanza. February 2005. : Quando Universita e Industria camminano insieme: I casi MIT e Stanford, SUMMA, vol. anno XXII, issue n. 210, pg.15, Promedia Editore

Performances:

Public Event

  • Beholding the Poor. (April 2013)
    COnference on the historical relationship between disciplines in the four schools and poverty. Two representatives from each school spoke on their discipline's history of perception and involvement with the poor
  • A Night at the Court of the Medici. College-wide public performance. (April 2012)
    Renaissance performance representing major authors from Seminar readings paying homage to Cosimo de' Medici - Included musical performances by a trio, a soprano, and two choirs
  • Medieval Notte in Piazza. Saint Mary's COllege. (April 20, 2010)
  • The Historical Fashion Show. (March 09, 2005)
  • Living by the Sword. (March 19, 2004)
  • Con Le Nostre Mani. (February 14, 2004)
  • The Lady Wore Silk. (November 19, 2003)
Maps & Directories

Mailing Address

Saint Mary's College of California
1928 Saint Mary's Road
Moraga, CA 94575
(925) 631-4000
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