George McClure

George McClure

Professor Emeritus


  • PhD, University of Michigan, 1981
  • BA, Brown University, 1973


Research Interests

  • Intellectual and cultural history of Renaissance Italy

Courses Taught

  • Honors Western Civilization to 1648
  • Renaissance Europe
  • Reformation Europe
  • Nature and the Environment in Western Thought
  • Classics and Western Culture I (Homer to Dante) (in University Honors Program)
  • Classics and Western Culture II (Machiavelli to Frankl)
  • Foundations: I and II (Blount Undergraduate Initiative)

Selected Publications


Journal Articles and Essays

  • “Family and Vocation in the Early Italian Renaissance: Boccaccio and Narratives of Filial Freedom,” Journal of Family History, 2024; online pre-publication at
  • “Apocryphal News and Apocryphal Truths in Early Modern Italy: Girolamo Gigli’s Gazzettino (1712-1713),” Italian Studies 77 (2022): 32-50.
  • “Heresy at Play: Academies and the Literary Underground in Counter-Reformation Siena,” Renaissance Quarterly 63 (2010): 1151-1207.
  • “Consolation,” in The Classical Tradition, ed. Anthony Grafton, Glenn W. Most, Salvatore Settis (Harvard, 2010): 234-236.
  • “Women and the Politics of Play in Sixteenth-Century Italy: Torquato Tasso’s Theory of Games,” Renaissance Quarterly 61 (2008): 750-791.
  • “The Artes and the Ars moriendi in Late Renaissance Venice: The Professions in Fabio Glissenti’s Discorsi morali contra il dispiacer del morire, detto Athanatophilia (1596),” Renaissance Quarterly 51 (1998): 92-127.
  • “A Little-Known Renaissance Manual of Consolation: Nicolaus Modrussiensis’ De consolatione (1465-1466)” in Supplementum Festivum: Essays in Honor of Paul Oskar Kristeller, eds. J. Hankins, J. Monfasani, F. Purnell, Jr. (Binghamton, N.Y., 1987), 247-77.
  • “The Art of Mourning: Autobiographical Writings on the Loss of a Son in Italian Humanist Thought (1400-1461),” Renaissance Quarterly 39 (1986): 440-75.
  • “Healing Eloquence: Petrarch, Salutati, and the Physicians,” Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies 15 (1985): 317-46.