Senior Teaching Fellow (Liberal Arts)
Venice Academic Lead
Chair, Warwick Digital Humanities
Email: B dot Brazeau at warwick dot ac dot uk
Ramphal Building, Library Road,
University of Warwick, Coventry
- Ph.D.: Italian Studies (New York University, 2015)
- M.A.: Italian Studies (New York University, 2010)
- B.A.: Western Society and Culture: Liberal Arts College (Concordia University, Montreal, 2008)
I joined the School of Cross-Faculty Studies as in September 2017. I joined Warwick in 2015 as Research Fellow in Italian Studies on the project Aristotelianism in the Italian Vernacular, funded by the European Research Council. I have taught all levels of Italian language and culture from the middle ages to present day, along with classical Greco-Roman epic poetry, medieval and renaissance French literature, early modern English epic, and renaissance Latin. I have also designed an introductory course to the Digital Humanities.
I have been passionate about interdisciplinary Liberal Arts education since my undergraduate degree at the Liberal Arts College of Concordia University in Montréal, Canada, where I was born and raised. During the course of this degree, I developed an interest in early modern Spanish and Italian literatures. In 2008, I moved to New York where I studied Italian at New York University, obtaining my M.A. in 2010 and my Ph.D. in 2015 with a dissertation project on changing definitions of heroism in sixteenth-century Latin and vernacular Christian epics written in Italy.
Currently, I am working on my first book, Hero of the Day: The Development of Christian Epic in Sixteenth-Century Italy. I am also organizing an edited collection of essays on new perspectives in the study of early modern poetics—Beyond Aristotle's Poetics: New Directions in Early Modern Italian Literary Criticism—which emerges from a conference and graduate workshop that I organized at the Newberry Library in March 2017.
Teaching and Research Interests
- Italian renaissance epic (Boiardo, Ariosto, Tasso)
- Christian epic
- Early modern poetics
- Counter-Reformation culture
- History of emotions and affect theory
- Dante and medieval philosophy
- Early modern reception of Dante and Petrarch (in Italy, France, England, and Spain)
- Digital humanities
- Translation studies (particularly early modern English translations of Italian works)
- Language and literature pedagogy
Fellowships, Awards, and Grants
August 2016—Warwick-Newberry Transatlantic Fellowship
For research at the Newberry Library in Chicago
June 2016—Warwick Humanities Research Centre Summer Fellowship
For archival research in Florence and Milan, Italy
June 2015—FRQSC* Postdoctoral Research Startup Grant
*Fonds de Recherche du Québec, Société et la Culture
September 2016—Warwick Humanities Research Fund; The Bibliographic Society
Funding to organize ‘Contexts of Early Modern Literary Criticism’ symposium (March 2017).
May 2014—FQRSC PhD Scholarship
September 2013—Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York University
April 2013— NYU Global Research Fellowship
New York University in London; for research at the British Library and The Warburg Institute.
- ‘London Calling: John Harington’s Exegetical Domestication of Ariosto in Late Sixteenth- Century England,’ History of European Ideas 42.5 (Reading Publics in Renaissance Europe): 640-650.
- 'Emotional Rescue: Heroic Chastity and Devotional Practice in Iacopo Sannazaro’s De partu Virginis,' California Italian Studies 5(1) (The Sacred in Italian Culture, 2015): 225-246.
- 'Who Wants to Live Forever? Overcoming Poetic Immortality in Torquato Tasso's Gerusalemme conquistata,' MLN 129, No.1 (Italian Issue, 2014): 42-61.
- 'I fight auctoritas, auctoritas always wins: Siger of Brabant, Paradiso X and Dante’s Textual Authority,' in Dante and Heterodoxy: The Temptation of Radical Thought in the 13th century, ed. by Maria Luisa Ardizzone (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2014), 106-125.
Online publications and podcasts
- 'Schools of Athens: Liberal Arts and Global Challenges', GLOBUS (Feb. 2018)
- Vernacular Aristotelianism in the Renaissance Database 2.0 (Legacy migration)
- Warwick Centre for the Study of the Renaissance Podcast
- Aristotle in the Italian Vernacular, Project Website and Podcast
- Aristotele e Venezia, Exhibition Website