Jo Ann Cavallo (author, adapter and translator)
Professor Jo Ann Cavallo (PhD. Yale 1987) has been on the faculty of Columbia’s Department of Italian since 1988. She is the author of Boiardo’s Orlando Innamorato: An Ethics of Desire (Associated University Presses, 1993,) The Romance Epics of Boiardo, Ariosto, and Tasso: From Public Duty to Private Pleasure (University of Toronto Press, 2004), and co-editor of Fortune and Romance; Boiardo in America. She has also published articles on early Christian and Gnostic literature, on Italian authors from the medieval to the modern period, and on folk traditions that dramatize epic narratives (Sicilian Puppet theater and the epic Maggio of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines.) Jo Ann has adapted episodes from Boiardo’s Orlando Innamorato into comedies (2000, 2001, 2006, 2009) performed in Italy and New York City. She has also written a bilingual young reader’s version of Boiardo’s poem, Orlando Innamorato (2001.)