John C. McLucas



Contact Info

CLA 4107
MW 1-2
and by appointment


PhD in Italian Language and Literature from Yale in 1983

BA in Latin Classics from Wesleyan in 1974

Areas of Expertise

Latin and Italian


John C. McLucas is Professor of Italian and Latin in the Department of Foreign Languages at Towson University.  He received his BA in Latin Classics from Wesleyan in 1974, and his PhD in Italian Language and Literature from Yale in 1983.  His scholarly work includes numerous conference papers and published articles on the Italian epic tradition, particularly Ariosto’s Orlando furioso, in journals including Italian Culture, The Italianist, and  Stanford Italian Studies; his reviews have appeared in Forum Italicum and Speculum.  His translations of sixteenth-century Latin documents about the first encounter between Europe and America were published by UCLA in the Repertorium Columbianum series in 2002.  He is a frequent contributor to the Italian humanities journal Lyceum, with pieces on topics ranging from national identity to the Italian opera tradition.  He edited a volume of Olifant, the journal of the Société Rencesvals; this volume appeared in 2003.  He recently completed a translation of Tullia d’Aragona’s epic-romance, Il Meschino, altramente detto il Guerrino (1560), believed to be the first published in Italian by a woman. This translation, edited and annotated by Dr. Julia L. Hairston, is forthcoming from the University of Toronto Press. Several of Dr. McLucas’ recent conference papers and articles have focused on various aspects of the Meschino.  His most recent publication is an article on approaches to teaching Ariosto in the journal Italica.

Spring 2020 Course Schedule:

  • ITAL 321.001 Survey of Italian Literature I
  • LATN 202.001 Latin Intermediate II
  • HUMA 606.101 Lit: The Symposium