Italian Studies


The Troubador Italian Studies series was launched in the mid 1980s by Professor Doug Thompson of the University of Hull. Over the next ten years the series published a few new titles each year, chiefly for distribution through Italian Departments in UK universities. Books in the series were largely in the literary criticism genre, with the audience chiefly an academic one. In 1999, the series was taken over by Troubador Publishing Ltd, with the aim of broadening the subject scope and enabling books to be sold to a far wider audience through general and specialist retail outlets.

Professor George Ferzoco of the University of Bristol took over as the Series Editor in 2000, commissioning new titles on Italian culture, film and literature. Series contributors are from around the world, though mainly from the UK, the US, Australia and Italy, and mainly from within academia. Subjects covered by the Italian Studies series are diverse, ranging from literary criticism, film studies, cultural identity and many others. The series accepts multi-contributor volumes and monographs aimed at academics and/or students in universities. Up to ten new titles are published each year, with over 100 titles currently in print. (Note that some older titles are only available for sale through this website.)

The Series Editor invites submissions on all aspects of Italian studies for consideration. See our submission guidelines below for details on how to submit a proposal or manuscript.


Series Editor

Professor George Ferzoco

University of Bristol

E: ferzoco @


The Troubador Italian Studies series is always pleased to consider new proposals for books in areas of Italian Studies. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, you may first wish to determine whether it woudl be of interest to the Series Editor (contact details opposite). The information we require in a proposal is the same, irrespective of whether your manuscript is completed or not. There is no prescribed length for such proposals, but they should contain enough information to offer a meaningful evaluation of a new project. They should in all cases include the following:

  • The proposed title of the book/product.
  • A description of its rationale, scope and unique selling points; and (if a research volume) how it makes a significant and original contribution to the literature.
  • A description of the intended readership.
  • A table of contents.
  • How it relates to other publications on the topic.
  • Details of the proposed length, the level and type of illustration required.
  • The intended completion date (if not already written)
  • Brief biographical details of the author(s).

If you are submitting a proposal for a multi-author project, please indicate who the contributors are, their affiliations and what they will contribute.

Once a proposal is received, it will be evaluated by the Series Editor to determine whether it fits with the series aims and scope. If it does, the proposal will then be sent for external peer review. This may take weeks or a few months, but we aim to make a decision as quickly as possible.

No author fees are charged by the Series. Single authors receive five free copies of the book, once published; contributors receive a single free copy. Further copies for personal use may be bought by authors and contributors at a discount.