Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow
R2.31, Ramphal Building,
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
I joined the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance at Warwick in October 2018 as Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, working on a research project entitled ‘The ‘Mirror’ of history. Prince and Tyrant in Italian Renaissance Literature'.
Before coming to Warwick, I was Frances Yates Post-doctoral Fellow at the Warburg Institute, with an interdisciplinary project entitled ‘Princely Ideology in Pre-Machiavellian Literature and Art: Giuniano Maio’s De maiestate’ (January-May 2018). I was Lector in Italian language at the University of Oxford, Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages (2018), and I have worked as Part-time Lecturer in Italian Literature at the same Faculty and at Keble College and other Colleges (2014-2019). I also contributed to the MSt module in ‘Classical and vernacular cultures in the Italian Renaissance’ at the University of Oxford. I designed and taught modules on a wide range of topics and authors in Italian Humanism and Renaissance, from the 15th to 16th century. Before moving to UK, I worked as Teaching Fellow at the University of Pisa (Department of Italian Studies), where I taught ‘Medieval and Humanist Philology’, for both BA and MA degrees, and several modules on Medieval and Renaissance authors: Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio and fifteenth-century and sixteenth-century literature. I also contributed to the research project in Digital Humanities Dante Medieval Archive – DaMA (2010) at the same University.
I completed my Italian doctorate in ‘Medieval and Humanist Philology’ (2013) at the University of Pisa and my thesis provided a complete edition of Poliziano’s Commentary on the Pazzi conspiracy, which was published in 2015. In 2017 I got a PhD in Italian Studies at the University of Oxford, funded by a Clarendon Scholarship, with a thesis on the theme of conspiracy in fifteenth-century Italian literature, which has been recommended for publication at the Oxford University Press.
I have written articles on various authors and topics, such as the relationship between politics and literature, the classical legacy in Renaissance works, the art of printing in fifteenth-century Italy, and the interaction between literature and visual culture.
My research project investigates the process of definition and evolution of the concepts of princely rule and tyranny in Italian Renaissance literature, focusing on the interplay between treatises and historical works. My aim is to adopt innovative perspectives of analysis in linking these two literary genres and considering the interrelations between the images of prince and tyrant (seen as opposite, but also related, in the Renaissance). My research investigates a corpus of both Italian and Neo-Latin texts, with an interdisciplinary method across literature, history, and philosophy. I aim to challenge conventional chronological and geographical boundaries by a new cross-century approach, spanning from the second half of the fifteenth century to the first half of the sixteenth century, and by adopting a cross-geographical angle, focusing on Milan and Naples, and their relations with the Italian and European context. This project will offer an innovative contribution to scholarship by studying: 1) The interrelations between the two pivotal and developing concepts of prince and tyrant. 2) The role of ‘history’ in the theorization of statecraft. 3) How the recovery of the classical legacy affected the developing concepts of prince and tyrant. 4) The gender dimension in this literature.
Research and teaching interests
- Italian Renaissance Literature
- Neo-Latin Studies
- Classical tradition
- Political thought
- Relationship between literature and visual culture
- History of the book
- Angelo Poliziano, Coniurationis commentarium, con introduzione, traduzione e commento, ed. M. Celati (Alessandria: Edizioni dell’Orso, 2015).
- Conspiracy Literature in Early Renaissance Italy: Historiography and Princely Ideology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, in press).
Journal articles and book chapters
- ‘L’editio princeps fiorentina del Coniurationis commentarium di Angelo Poliziano e il tipografo Niccolò Tedesco: nuove acquisizioni’, Archivum Mentis, 2 (2013), pp. 166-188.
- ‘La seconda redazione del Coniurationis commentarium di Angelo Poliziano e l’edizione romana di Johannes Bulle’, Humanistica. An International Journal of Early Renaissance Studies, 11, 1-2 (2016), pp. 283-292.
- ‘Violence and Revenge in Fifteenth-century Political Literature’, Annali d’Italianistica, 35 (2017), pp. 71-88.
- ‘Renaissance Conspiracies in Nineteenth-century Italian Art: The Rediscovery of History between Literature and Visual Culture’, Comitatus. A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 48 (2017), pp 161-184.
- ‘Irony, Historiography, and Political Criticism: Alberti’s Porcaria coniuratio’, Albertiana, 22, 2 (2019), Special Issue: Alberti Ludens: In Memory of Cecil Grayson (1920-1998).
- ‘The Conflict after the Pazzi Conspiracy and Poliziano’s Coniurationis commentarium: Literature, Law and Politics’, in Forum Italicum, Special Issue: The Interplay of Law & Literature in the Italian Tradition, 53 (2019), pp. 327-349.
- ‘Teoria politica e realtà storica nel De maiestate di Giuniano Maio: tra letteratura e arte figurativa’, Medioevo e Rinascimento, 32/n.s, 29 (2018), pp. 203-235.
- 'Angelo Poliziano's Political Orations: The Humanist in government', Modern Language Review, 115, 2 (2020), pp. 318-338.
- 'La virtù e la storia: il principe nel De maiestate di Giuniano Maio', Archivum Mentis, 8 (2019), pp. 71-102.
- ‘Filelfo e Carlo Gonzaga: l’Oratio de laudibus illustris Karoli Gonzagae, tra storia, oratoria e teoria politica’, in Francesco Filelfo, Opere storiche e politiche. I. Filelfo e la storia, ed. by G. Albanese (Firenze: SISMEL, 2017), pp. 127-144.
- ‘Humanist Epic between Classical Legacy and Contemporary History: Orazio Romano’s Porcaria (1453)’, in Making and Rethinking Renaissance between Greek and Latin in 15-16th century Europe, ed. by S. Harrison and G. Abbamonte (Berlin - New York, Walter de Gruyter, Series Trend in Classics: 2019), pp. 231-249.
- ‘Imitation and Allusion in Machiavelli’s Istorie Fiorentine, between Contemporary Sources and Classical Models’, in Imitative Series and Clusters from Classical to Early Modern Literature’, ed. C. Burrow, S. Harrison, M. McLaughlin, E. Tarantino (Berlin, New York: Walter De Gruyter: 2020), pp. 205-222.
- 'Le epistole e le orazioni politiche di Poliziano', in Actes du Colloque International: Politien, humanist aux sources de la modernité (Université Paris-Sorbonne, 11-13 mai 2015), ed. by H. Casanova Robin, P. Viti (Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2019), in press.
- 'Translation of Classical Sources and a New Theory of the State in the Italian Renaissance: A Neapolitan Mirror for Princes', Annali d'Italianistica (38) 2020, Special Issue: 'Nation(s) and Translations', in press.
- 'Condemning Political Dissent and Anti-Princely Views in Renaissance Milanese Literature', in True Warriors? Negociating Dissent in the Intellectual Debate (C. 1100-1700), LECTIO. Studies in the Transmission of Texts & Ideas' (Turnhout: Brepols), in preparation.
- Rev. Reading and Writing History from Bruni to Windschuttle. Essays in Honour of Gary Ianziti, ed. by Christian Thorsten Callisen, Annali d’Italianistica, 33 (2015), pp. 385-387.
- Rev. Dante, Opere, vol. II, ed. by M. Santagata, Modern Language Review, 112, 2 (2017), pp. 262-264.
- Rev. Vernacular Aristotelianism in Italy from the Fourteenth to the Seventeenth Century, ed. by L. Bianchi, S. Gilson, and J. Kraye, Modern Language Review, 113, 2 (2018), pp. 413-414.
Editions in the Digital archive DaMA-Dante Medieval Archive (http://perunaenciclopediadantescadigitale.eu/):
- Alcuin of York, Conflictus veris et hiemis; De cuculo
- Teodulus, Egloga
- Sedulius Scotus, Sacra Camena; De rosae liliique certamine; Tytirus in silvis (2010)
Main Fellowships, Awards, and Grants
- Leverhulme Research Fellowship, University of Warwick (2018-2021)
- Warburg Institute, Frances A. Yates Post-Doctoral Fellowship (January-May 2018)
- Dr Greg Wells Research Award, University of Warwick, Centre for the Study of the Renaissance (2019)
- Society of Italian Studies, Grant for the Organization of the International Conference 'Rethinking the Italian Renaissance. A Conference in memory of Paola Tomè', University of Oxford, 26 September 2019.
- University of Oxford, Clarendon Scholarship (2013-2016)
- St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, Justin Gosling Research Award (2013-2016)
- St Edmund Hall (Oxford), Travel Grant for the XXXV Annual Conference of the American Association of Italian Studies, University of Boulder, Colorado (March 26-28, 2015)
- St Edmund Hall (Oxford), Grant for Research at the Vatican Library, Utrecht University Library (December 2013)
- University of Pisa, Fellowship for Research at the British Library (London), Bodleian Library (Oxford) (April 2012)
- University of Pisa, Fellowship for Research at the Vatican Library, Casanatense Library and Corsiniana Library in Rome; Laurentian Library and State Archive in Florence (May 2011)
- Three-years PhD Scholarship, University of Pisa (2010-2012)
- Grant for the International conference on ‘The age of the city states’. Scuola di alti studi dottorali sulla Civiltà comunale - University of Florence (22-26 June 2009)
- PhD: Italian Studies, University of Oxford
- PhD: Medieval and Humanist Philology, University of Pisa
- M.A.: Italian literature and Language, University of Pisa
- B.A.: Lettere, University of Pisa
By appointment (via email)