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Dr Bryan Brazeau

Senior Teaching Fellow (Liberal Arts)
Venice Academic Lead
Departmental Study Abroad Coordinator
Departmental Moodle Coordinator

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)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


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.

My research focusses primarily on early modern Italian literature (Jacopo Sannazaro and Torquato Tasso), philosophy, and poetic theory. I also work on Dante and medieval philosophy, book history, and the visual reception of renaissance art in the early twentieth century. I will soon (March 2020) be publishing an edited collection of essays on new perspectives in the study of early modern poetics—The Reception of Aristotle's Poetics in the Italian Renaissance and Beyond—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

Selected publications


In Press (various stages):

  • ‘Defying Gravity: Lucrezia Marinella and Prose Epic’ submitted to Classical Receptions
    Journal. Publication anticipated in 2020. 8,500 words.
  • ‘Soul to Squeeze: Castelvetro and Early Modern Emotional History’ in The Reception of Aristotle's Poetics in the Italian Renaissance and Beyond, edited by Bryan Brazeau. Forthcoming, 2020. 12,500 words. In print.

  • ‘I Write Sins, Not Tragedies: Manuscript Translations of Hamartia in Late Sixteenth-Century Italy,’ in Acquisition Through Translation: The Rise of European Vernaculars, edited by Alessandra Petrina. Palgrave. Forthcoming, 2020. 7,000 words. In print.

  • ‘Take Me Down to the Paradise City: An Ecological Approach to Paradise Spaces in Renaissance Epic,’ in Epic Geographies, edited by Timothy Duffy. Palgrave Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies Series. Forthcoming, 2020. 6,500 words.

Online publications and podcasts

Fellowships, Awards, and Grants

Teaching Fellowships

January-May 2019—A Sustainable Serenissima: Water, Fire, and the Future of Venice. Warwick Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL) Strategic Project Grant.

Research Fellowships

September 2019—Warwick-Newberry Early Career Fellowship
For research at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

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).

Student Advice and Feedback Hours:

Term 1 (2019-2020):

Tuesdays 15:30-16:30
Thursdays 9:30-10:30

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Teaching (2019-2020)

Term 1:

IP101: Liberal Arts: Principles and Praxis

IP102: Science, Society, and the Media (Term 1)

IP104: Posthumous Geographies I: Underworlds (Term 1)

Term 2:
IP105: Posthumous Geographies II: Paradises (Term 2)

Recent and Upcoming Talks:

"Field-Based Teaching at Warwick in Venice: Challenges and Opportunities," presented at Warwick Education Forum, University of Warwick (July, 2019)

“La migrazione al database VARI 2.0 e pensieri per il futuro,” presented at I Confini dell’Aristotelismo Volgare, Palazzo Pesaro Papfava (Warwick in Venice). (March, 2019).


Foundational Texts for the Renaissance, Reading Group Convenor (2019-2020): Saint Augustine, City of God.

London Road Cemetery Project (Coventry City of Culture)