Carlo Ginzburg

Franklin D. Murphy Professor of Italian Renaissance Studies

University of California, Los Angeles

Carlo Ginzburg is a noted historian and proponent of the field of microhistory. He is best known for his Il formaggio e I vermi (1976, English title: The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth Century Miller) which examined the beliefs of an Italian heretic, Menocchio, from Montereale Valcellina. In 1966, he first published The Night Battles: Witchcraft and Agrarian Cults in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, an examination of the benandanti visionary folk tradition found in 16th century Friuli. He returned to looking at the visionary traditions of Early Modern Europe for his 1989 book Ecstasies: Deciphering the Witches' Sabbath. Additonal publications include The Enigma of Piero della Francesca (1985, revised edition, 2000); Clues, Myths and the Historical Method (1989); No Island is an Island. Four Glances at English Literature in a World Perspective (2000); and Un dialogo (2003).