D'Amico, Jack (P.) 1939-
D'AMICO, Jack (P.) 1939-
PERSONAL: Born July 30, 1939, in Buffalo, NY; son of Jack (a musician) and Carol (a homemaker; maiden name, Patti) D'Amico; married Susan Metzinger, 1993. Ethnicity: "Italian." Education: State University of New York—Buffalo, B.A., 1960, Ph.D., 1965. Hobbies and other interests: Music, playing the piano, swimming, cooking, travel.
ADDRESSES: Home—4755 Chestnut Ridge Rd., No. 2, Amherst, NY 14228. Office—Department of English, Canisius College, 2001 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14208. E-mail—[email protected]
CAREER: University of California—Berkeley, assistant professor of English, 1965-70; American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, faculty member, 1971-72, 1973-76, visiting professor of English, 1999-2000; Dominican College of San Rafael, San Rafael, CA, assistant professor, 1972-73; Canisius College, Buffalo, NY, part-time faculty member, 1976-77, 1978-81, professor of English, 1981—, department chair, 1997-98, 2000-02, associate dean of arts and sciences, 1992-96, interim dean, 1998-99; Université Mohammed V, Rabat, Morocco, faculty member, 1977-78; Dalian Foreign Languages Institute, Dalian, China, foreign expert, 1981; D'Youville College, part-time faculty member, 1978-81.
MEMBER: Phi Beta Kappa, Delta Tau Kappa, Alpha Sigma Nu (life member).
AWARDS, HONORS: Fulbright grant for Istituto Universitario Orientale, Naples, Italy, 1963-64; National Endowment for the Humanities grant, 1981.
Knowledge and Power in the Renaissance, University Press of America (Washington, DC), 1977.
Petrarch in England: An Anthology of Parallel Texts from Wyatt to Milton, A. Longo (Ravenna, Italy), 1979.
The Moor in English Renaissance Drama, University of South Florida Press, 1991.
(Editor, with M. Verdicchio and Daim Trafton, and contributor) The Legacy of Benedetto Croce, University of Toronto Press (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1999.
Shakespeare and Italy: The City and the Stage, University Press of Florida (Gainesville, FL), 2001.
Contributor to academic journals, including Italian Quarterly, Machiavelli Studies, Canadian Journal of Italian Studies, Modern Language Studies, Theatre Journal, Forum Italicum, Midwest Quarterly, Rivista di Studi Italiani, Comparative Drama, and Renaissance and Reformation.
WORK IN PROGRESS: An essay on the figure of the "pregnant enemy" in the works of William Shakespeare; research on travel, translation, and the foundling in Shakespeare's The Tempest.
SIDELIGHTS: Jack P. D'Amico told CA: "My primary motivation for writing has typically been to pursue an idea that has arisen while teaching. I have been influenced by Anthony Caputi, professor emeritus of Cornell University, a scholar, writer of fiction, and one of the family; by Professor Salvatore Rosati, late of Rome and the Istituto Universitario Orientale; and by my dear friend and colleague at the American University of Beirut, the late Bernard Blackstone, student of life and the Romantic poets, particularly Byron. I think I was drawn to Shakespeare from an early age when my grandfather recounted tales of Principe Amleto, a hero—to him—at the level of Garibaldi and Dante. The pervasive atmosphere of music that was so much a part of my father's life inspired me to be creative in whatever way I could. My approach to writing has also been shaped in many indirect ways by the years I spent teaching abroad, in Italy, in Morocco, where I began to think about and to study the Moor and the relations between England and Morocco in the sixteenth century, at the Foreign Language Institute in Dalian, China, and in a long voyage to various theaters, ancient, Renaissance, and modern, in Italy, Greece, and Turkey, where I began to work on the idea of theatrical space."