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Dr Federica Coluzzi

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Email: federica dot coluzzi at warwick dot ac dot uk

Humanities Building
University of Warwick
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My current project, Dante’s Transnational Female Public in the Long Nineteenth Century (1789-1921), carries out the first systematic inquiry into the historical formation and development of Dante’s modern female audience in Britain, Ireland and Italy.Unlocking a wide-ranging corpus of manuscript, print and archival evidence, it explores the changing material, ideological, and cultural conditions of women’s access to Dante, thus reassessing their far-reaching impact on creative, critical and scholarly responses to Dante and on the transnational reception, pedagogy, and interpretation of his oeuvre. Transdisciplinary at heart, the study combines literary, book-historical, and material approaches to produce a comprehensive and innovative reassessment of the phenomenon.

My monograph Dante Beyond Influence: Rethinking Reception in Victorian Literary Culture is forthcoming with Manchester University Press (2021). The study conceptualise and historicise the hermeneutic turn in Dante reception history and Victorian cultural history, charting its development across intellectual realms, agents and forms of readerly and writerly engagement. The book conducts a material and book-historical inquiry into the formation and popularisation of the critical and scholarly discourse on Dante through Victorian periodicals, mass-publishing, traditional and Extramural higher education. The book demonstrates that the transformation of Dante from object of amateur interest (dantophilia) to subject of systematic interpretive endeavours (dantismo) reflected paradigmatic changes in Victorian intellectual and socio-cultural history.

Both projects have been presented in an interview with Dr Matthew Threherne for the Leeds Dante Podcast.

I am currently co-editing a special issue of Italian Studies on "Mediating Dante" (2022) with Dr David Bowe (UCC) and a volume of essays on Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Translation and Reception History: The Afterlife of Dante’s Vita Nova in the Anglophone World (Routledge: 2022) with Jacob Blakesely.

My research encompasses reception theory, Dante studies, intellectual history, and the history of publishing and reading in the long nineteenth century. My work has been published leading international journals such as Dante Studies, Le Tre Corone, Nineteenth-Century Studies, Studium and Strumenti Critici.

Prior to Warwick, I was Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Cork where I was completing my monograph At UCC, I was the co-organiser of the Italian Department Research Seminars and of the Dante Dialogues Series along with Dr Daragh O’Connell and Dr David Bowe.

I received my PhD in English and American Studies from the University of Manchester, where I was also Early Career Researcher at the John Rylands Research Institute.

Research interests

  • Reception theory
  • Dante studies
  • Women's History
  • Women's Studies
  • 19th-century printed media culture;
  • history of the periodical press
  • History of the book and reading
  • Material studies and DH

Recent Publications

Coluzzi, F. Dante beyond Influence: Rethinking reception in Victorian Literary Culture (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2021). ISBN: 978-1-5261-5244-2

Coluzzi, F. "Three Dante Societies: Historical Notes", in Dante Beyond Borders: Contexts and Reception, ed. by Nick Havely and Jonathan Katz with Richard Cooper, Italian Perspectives, 52 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2021), p. xxvi-xxviii.

Coluzzi, F. "Rossetti reconsidered : Dante's Vita Nuova and its paths to canonization in Victorian literary culture Tre corone : rivista internazionale di studi su Dante, Petrarca, Boccaccio, VIII, 2021, p. 135-146,

Coluzzi, F. "University Extension Movement" In: Scholl L. (eds) The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women's Writing. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. 2021

Coluzzi, F. “The Higher Education of Women”. In: Scholl L. (eds) The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women's Writing. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. 2021

Coluzzi, F. "Dante in the Lecture Room: For a (Social) History of Teaching Dante in Nineteenth-century Britain." Dante Studies, vol. 137, 2019, p. 138-150.

Coluzzi, F. "In the mirror of childhood: the wondrous discovery of Dante’s Commedia in Victorian juvenile adaptations", Studium, 115, 4, 2019, p. 514-528.

Recent Conference, Workshop and Seminar organised

“Lost in the Archives: The Material History of Dante Studies in Victorian Britain”, La Mondialisation de Dante I: Europe (Universite de Nancy, 7-8 October).

“Dante’s Transnational Female Public in the Long Nineteenth Century (1789-1921)”, Congresso Internazionale di Studi Danteschi (Ravenna, 15-18 September)

“Dante Transnazionale: storia europea delle Società Dantesche di fine Ottocento”, Rencontres de l’Archet (Fondazione Sapegno Morgeux, IT, 13-18 September) - Invited speaker.

“Transnational communities of mediation: Anglo-Italian literary flows in the 19th and 20th centuries”, Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (University of Munster, online 26-30 July)

“Dante in Review: Constructing Dantean Knowledge in Nineteenth-Century Periodical Reviews”, American Association of Italian Studies conference, (online, 28 May-6 June)

Collecting Dante Between Archives and Libraries: Britain, Ireland and North America”, Dante Dialogues Series: Centre for Dante Studies in Ireland, University College Cork

“L’ombra delle donne: De-Marginalising Female Dantismo in Victorian Britain (1870s-1921)”, L’ombra sua torna conference (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, online 19-21 April)



IT317- Introducing Dante's Hell


LN909:Introduction to European Gothic and Romantic Studies
IT2011 Modern Italian Language II Translation

Administrative Roles

Co-organiser of the Department of Italian Research Seminar Series

Professional Associations


  • PhD in English and American Studies (University of Manchester)

  • Ditals II level (Stranieri Siena/University of Rome "La Sapienza")

  • MA in Modern Philology (University of Rome "La Sapienza")

  • BA in Modern Languages and Literature (University of Rome "La Sapienza")

Feedback hours

Monday 14:00-15:00 (Term 1)

If you would like to arrange a meeting (online or in presence) at a different time, please send me an email:

Collecting Dante between Libraries and Archives

Watch the recording: here