Gilbert L. Gigliotti

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Gilbert L. Gigliotti (born 7 November 1961) is a Professor of early American literature in the English Department at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut, where he has taught since 1992. He earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (Latin, Greek, and English) at The Catholic University of America (1992).

Gigliotti's dissertation, entitled "Musae Americanae: The Neo-Latin Poetry of Colonial and Revolutionary America," remains the only book-length examination of neo-Latin poetic practice in Anglo-American culture. He has written articles and reviews on a variety of early American Neo-Latin subjects, including farmer/poet John Beveridge[1] and early American Puritan elegies.[2]

At CCSU, Gigliotti teaches a variety of early American authors, including The Connecticut Wits, Anne Bradstreet, Edward Taylor, Cotton Mather,[3] and Nathaniel Hawthorne. He produces Central Authors, the university's television series featuring faculty, staff, and alumni/ae speaking about their publications.

Gigliotti has authored two books on Frank Sinatra, hosts a weekly radio program on WFCS, curated exhibits of Sinatra memorabilia at several libraries throughout central Connecticut, and speaks about the singer/actor/entertainer to civic, service, and social clubs. He has taught a course on Sinatra in literature, as well. His work is part of a sustained academic interest in the cultural importance of Sinatra that has been well documented in many media outlets, including The New York Times[4] and The Chronicle of Higher Education.[5]

Other publications examine Girolamo Fracastoro's 16th-century neo-Latin poem Syphilis,[6] American poet Philip Freneau,[7] and chess in early America,.[8]


  • Ava Gardner: Touches of Venus Entasis Press, 2010
  • Foreword to David Lloyd's The Gospel According to Frank New American Press, 2009
  • Sinatra: But Buddy I'm a Kind of Poem Entasis Press, 2008
  • A Storied Singer: Frank Sinatra as Literary Conceit Greenwood Press, 2002


  1. ^ Nail-Gnawing in a New World Landscape: From Allusion to Disillusion in John Beveridge’s Epistolae familiares. Connecticut Review 18.1 (1996): 89-101.
  2. ^ The Seeds of Puritan Literalism: The Reverend Hooker as Aeneas in a Pair of Early American Neo-Latin Elegies. Proceedings of the Northeast Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature. Pleasantville, NY: Pace University, 1995
  3. ^ Towards a New World Senatus Doctorum: The Liminary Verse of the Magnalia Christi Americana. Acta Conventus Neo-Latini Bariensis: Proceedings from the Ninth International Congress at Bari. Ed. by Rhoda Schnur, et al. Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1998.
  4. ^ Even Scholars Say It's Witchcraft
  5. ^ Ol' Blues Eyes In Focus
  6. ^ The Alexandrian Fracastoro: Structure and Meaning in the Myth of Syphilus. Renaissance and Reformation 14 (1990): 261-270.
  7. ^ Off a ‘Strange, Uncoasted Strand’: Navigating the Ship of State through Freneau's Hurricane. Classical and Modern Literature 15, no. 4 (1995): 357-66.
  8. ^ The Vicious Cycle of Abundance and Want: An Edition and Translation of Louis Rou’s A Prospect of Chess-Play and Chess-Players. Modern Language Studies. 34 (Fall 2004): 8-15 and “Chess History: Episode 11 – The First Known Chessplayers in the Future U.S.” Chess Life 58.12 (December 2003): 32. Co-authored with John McCrary.

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