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. In 2019, Italian hosted three ERC research fellows, one BA Research Fellow, and one Leverhulme Early Career Fellow.
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.
- 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
- Petrarch Commentary and Exegesis in Renaissance Italy, c. 1350-c. 1650 (AHRC-funded, 2017-2020)
- Aristotle in the Italian Vernacular (ERC-funded, 2014-2019)
- Distraction as a Philosophical Concept and a Stylistic Device (Marie Curie-funded, 2015-2017)
- Transnationalizing Modern Languages (AHRC-funded, 2014-2017)
- Plato and his Readers in Sixteenth-Century Italy (Leverhulme Trust-funded, 2017–2018)
Congratulations to Fabio Camilletti and Mariano Tomatis on the publication of their new edition of Schiller's The Ghost-Seer!
Italian Research Seminar: Launch of Gender and Authority across Disciplines, Space and Time
'Dreaming Again of Things Already Dreamed': 500 Years of Orlando Furioso, ed. by Marco Dorigatti and Maria Pavlova (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2019)
'In Other Words': Translating Philosophy in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries, ed. by David A. Lines and Anna Laura Puliafito (special issue of Rivista di storia della filosofia, 74.2 in 2019)
Fabio Camilletti, Italia lunare. Gli anni Sessanta e l'occulto (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2018)
Fabio Camilletti, The Portrait of Beatrice: Dante, D.G. Rossetti, and the Imaginary Lady (Notre Dame: Notre Dame University Press, 2019)
Archaeology of the Unconscious: Italian Perspectives, ed. by Alessandra Aloisi and Fabio Camilletti (New York: Routledge, 2019)