Albert Russell Ascoli is the Terrill Distinguished Professor in the department of Italian studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Ariosto’s Bitter Harmony: Crisis and Evasion in the Italian Renaissance (1987) and Dante and the Making of a Modern Author (2008).
William N. West is an associate professor of English, classics, and comparative literary studies at Northwestern University. He is the author of Theatres and Encyclopedias in Early Modern Europe (2002). He is currently at work on a book called Understanding and Confusion in the Elizabethan Theaters and on a project that traces the history of the idea of the Renaissance as a period.