Leaders, Lecturers & Tour Managers

Dr Nicole Prunster

Program Coordinator (Italian Studies), Senior Lecturer
La Trobe University
College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
E: [email protected]

MA (Sydney), PhD (Toronto).

Brief Profile
Nicole completed an MA (on the theatre of Pietro Aretino) at the University of Sydney and a PhD in Italian language and literature (with a thesis on the theatre of Giambattista della Porta) at the University of Toronto. She also taught at both these two universities before joining the academic staff of La Trobe University, where her primary area of research was Italian theatre, with particular reference to the comic theatre of the sixteenth century. Besides Renaissance literature in general, she also has teaching and research interests in Medieval and contemporary literature.

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Recent publications
  • Prunster, N 2008, Poliphony in Andrea Camilleri’s Il Birraio di Preston, Spunti e Ricerche.
  • Prunster, N 2003, The Contemporary Italian Short Story, Spunti e Ricerche 18.
  • Prunster, N 2000, Romeo and Juliet before Shakespeare: Four Tales of Star-Crossed Love.
  • Prunster, N 1996/97, Antonio Tabucchi: A Collection of Essays (with Bruno Ferraro).
  • Prunster, N 1993, Visions and Revisions: Women in Italian Culture (with Mirna Cicioni).
Research projects

Nicole is currently working on the Kohler Collection of Dramas (1700-1900), held in the Baillieu Library at the University of Melbourne, and on Shakespeare’s Italian sources.

Past Tours

Nicole has previously led La Trobe University’s credit course ‘Studying Renaissance Italy in Prato, Italy’ in 2013 and 2015.