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Dr Bryan Brazeau

Bryan Brazeau

Senior Teaching Fellow (Liberal Arts)
Venice Academic Lead
Chair, Warwick Digital Humanities
Steering Group

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

Research Fellowships

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 

Event-Related Fellowships

September 2016—Warwick Humanities Research Fund; The Bibliographic Society
Funding to organize ‘Contexts of Early Modern Literary Criticism’ symposium (March 2017).

Doctoral Fellowships

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.

Selected publications

Online publications and podcasts

Student Office Hours:

During term (2018-2019)

Thursdays 10:00-12:00

and by appointment.

Teaching (2018-19)

Term 1

IP102: Science, Society, and the Media

IP304: Posthumous Geographies I, Underworlds

Term 2

IP305: Posthumous Geographies II, Paradises

IP303: A Sustainable Serenissima