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Research in Italian Studies

Our research is distinctive for its thematic breadth and chronological range, extending from Dante to 21st-century Italophone writing. It reflects approaches ranging from literature to intellectual history and Translation Studies. It has very strong collaborations in place across Europe and North America. Furthermore, Italian Studies is regularly among the most active departments in the Arts Faculty in terms of securing external funding. It provides a vibrant context for the development of new research perspectives through its seminars and its thriving community of Early Career Fellows. As of December 2016, Italian hosted five research fellows (funded by AHRC, ERC, and Marie Curie schemes) and 12 PhD students.

REF 2014 Research Excellence Framework

79.7% of our work was ranked in the highest categories of 4* or 3*, meaning our research outputs were ranked 5th in the UK.

Research areas

  • Medieval and Renaissance intellectual culture, including the reception of classical and vernacular authors
  • Philosophy, theology and their institutional/cultural contexts, c. 1250–c. 1700
  • Italian literature and culture in comparative perspectives between the 18th and 21st century
  • Translation Studies
  • Migration and transnational cultures

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Latest publications

Vernacular Aristotelianism in Italy from the Fourteenth to the Seventeenth Century, ed. by Luca Bianchi, Simon Gilson and Jill Kraye (London: The Warburg Institute, 2016; Warburg Institute Colloquia 29)

Venezia e Aristotele (ca. 1450-ca. 1600): greco, latino e italiano, exhibition catalogue (Venice, Sale Monumentali della Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, 21 April–19 May 2016), ed. by Alessio Cotugno and David A. Lines (Venice: Marcianum Press, 2016)

Early Modern Philosophers and the Renaissance Legacy, ed. by Cecilia Muratori and Gianni Paganini (Dordrecht: Springer, 2016)

Forms of Conflict and Rivalries in Renaissance Europe, ed. by David A. Lines, Marc Laureys, and Jill Kraye (Göttingen–Bonn: V&R unipress and Bonn University Press, 2015)  

Fantasmagoriana, ed. by Fabio Camilletti (Rome: Nova Delphi, 2015)