Dr. Maritere LopezMaritere López

Associate Professor
Director, Graduate Net Initiative

Office: Social Sciences 120

Email: mariterel@csufresno.edu

Office phone: (559)278-2601

Ph.D. - State University of New York, Buffalo (2003)


Spring 2020 Course

History 125 - Renaissance MWF 11:00-11:50 am, SS 104


Research/Teaching Interests:

Renaissance/Reformation; Early Modern Women/Gender; Friendship & Love in the Renaissance; Early Modern Manners and Conduct Manuals

Select Publications:

Discourses and Representations of Friendship, 1500-1700. Co-edited with Daniel T. Lochman and Lorna Hutson. Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing, 2010.

"The Courtesan's Gift: Reciprocity and Friendship in the Letters of Camilla Pisana and Tullia D'Aragona." Discourses and Representations of Friendship, 1500-1700. Ed. Daniel T. Lochman, Maritere López, and Lorna Hutson. Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing, 2010.

"Venice and the World in the Early Modern Age." Places of Encounter. Eds. Aran and Elaine MacKinnon. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, March 2012.

"A Practical Compromise to Teaching World History: Thematic Bridges, Standards, and Technology," co-authored with Dr. Melissa Jordine, in World History Connected: the E-Journal of Learning and Teaching 5, No. 3 (May 2008).

"The Chaste Courtesan: Gendered Roles and Identity Formation in the Letters of Camilla Pisana, 1516-1517" (under evaluation).

""For the Education of Her Lover": Love and Gender Construction in the Italian Enlightenment' (under evaluation).

Courses Offered:


Western Civilization, I
World History, I
Historical Research and Writing
The Italian Renaissance
The Age of the Medici
The Age of Reformations
Women, Sex, and Power in Early Modern Europe


Introduction to Graduate Writing & Historiography
Introduction to Graduate Research & Historiography
Early Modern Society and Culture
Sex and Gender in Early Modern Europe
The Renaissance & the World
The Enlightenment
Advanced Research: European Primary Sources

Digital Campus:

World History, I

Work in Progress:

My current research focuses on the renowned comedic playwright and best-selling novelist Pietro Chiari (1711-85), one of the most controversial writers of eighteenth-century Italy. Author of over sixty plays and thirty novels, Chiari undertook a critical reevaluation of women's role in Italian society, a subject central to many of his novels. My project focuses on Chiari's prescriptions regarding the training of a newly re-defined "woman of spirit"—the enlightened female who, through an education in what Chiari terms the "school of the world", personal perseverance, willingness to take risks, and the manipulation of social opportunities, rejects traditional dicta regarding women's passivity and embraces instead an active role in society.