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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.

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

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

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).

Selected publications

Online publications and podcasts

Student Advice and Feedback Hours:

Term 2 (2018-2019):

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

and by appointment.

Teaching (2018-19)

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

IP104: Posthumous Geographies I: Underworlds (Term 1)

IP105: Posthumous Geographies II: Paradises (Term 2)

IP103: A Sustainable Serenissima: Water, Fire, and the Future of Venice (Term 2)

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