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.
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
January-May 2019—A Sustainable Serenissima: Water, Fire, and the Future of Venice. Warwick Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL) Strategic Project Grant.
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).
- ‘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
Student Advice and Feedback Hours:
Term 2 (2018-2019):
and by appointment.
Recent and Upcoming Talks:
“Pandolfo Atavanti, Lodovico Dolce, and Venetian Valdensians,” presented at the Renaissance Society of America’s annual conference. New Orleans, Louisiana. March 2018.
“Teaching an Old Database new Tricks: Migrating the Vernacular Aristotelianism in Renaissance Italy (VARI) Database to VARI 2.0: Discussion and Demonstration,” presented at Digitising the Classical Tradition. Institute of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Split, Croatia. October 2018.
“‘Sperare di poter filosofando aprir la prigione’: Representations of Heroic Virtue in Late Sixteenth-Century Italy,” presented at Inventing the Good Life. Herzog August Bibliothek. Wolfenbüttel, Germany. October, 2018