Konrad Eisenbichler

Professor Emeritus
Northrop Frye Hall, room 308, 73 Queen's Park Crescent East, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1K7



Renaissance Studies Program, Victoria College
Department of History
Department for the Study of Religion
Centre for Medieval Studies

Areas of Interest

  • Renaissance literature, theatre, history, and culture
  • Early modern confraternities
  • Sex and gender
  • Early modern women
  • Italian immigration in Canada
  • Giuliano-Dalmata history, culture, and literature


Konrad Eisenbichler is a prize-winning scholar working on the intersection of literature, politics, and religion in Renaissance Italy, with a side interest in the literature and history of Italian immigration in Canada.  His many contributions to scholarship have been recognized at the highest levels both in Canada and Italy.  A prolific author with more than 30 books authored, edited or translated, and over 70 articles in peer-reviewed venues, he has also served the Academy in senior positions including as president of the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies, and the Canadian Society for Italian Studies, as chair of the Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium, and as director of the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies.  Within the Italian community, he has long been editor of the quarterly "El Boletin" of the Club Giuliano Dalmato di Toronto and a three-term president of the Federazione Giuliano-Dalmata Canadese.

Current Courses Taught

On leave in 2020-2021

Past Courses Taught

  • ITA311H - Medieval Literature in Translation: Dante
  • ITA312H - Boccaccio and Petrarch
  • ITA370H - Power and Success in Renaissance
  • ITA426H / ITA1736H - Working with Pre-Modern Italian Texts
  • ITA1535H - The Giuliano-Dalmata Diaspora in Canada: Its Origins and Literature
  • ITA1540H - Renaissance Italian Theatre
  • ITA1545H - The Sacra rappresentazione
  • ITA1550H - Literature, and Culture in Sixteenth-Century Florence
  • VIC141Y - Discovery, and Revolution in the Renaissance
  • VIC343Y - Sexuality and Gender in the Renaissance
  • VIC345H - Media and Communication in the Renaissance
  • VIC440Y - Florence in the Renaissance


Ph.D., University of Toronto
M.A., McMaster University
Hon. B.A., McMaster University