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Dr Bryan Brazeau

Dr Bryan Brazeau

Associate Professor (Liberal Arts)

Senior Tutor, Director of Student Experience, Departmental Study Abroad Coordinator and International Partnerships Manager, Director of Postgraduate Teaching (PGT), Liberal Arts

Digital Pedagogy Lead, School for Cross-Faculty Studies

Email: B dot Brazeau at warwick dot ac dot uk

Phone: +44 (0) 24 765 22764

Room: R3.31, Ramphal Building, Library Rd, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL


  • 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)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Fellow of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy (WIHEA)


I joined the School for Cross-faculty Studies 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. In 2020, I published 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. Please see the Project Page for this work. I am a member of the editorial board of Poetics before Modernity and a series editor for Sources in Early Poetics (Brill).

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
  • Problem-based learning
  • Transviciniar learning

Selected publications

Edited collections

Peer-reviewed articles and chapters

In press (various stages)

  • 'Highway to Heaven? Dissimulating Christian Leadership in Torquato Tasso's Gerusalemme Liberata' (under review)
  • ‘Take Me Down to the Paradise City: An Ecological Approach to Paradise Spaces in Renaissance Epic’ (under review).

Online publications and podcasts

Fellowships, awards, and grants

Teaching fellowships

  • July 2020 — Liberal Arts Digital Bridging Materials For Rising Second-Year Students. Warwick International Higher Education Academy (WIHEA) Project Grant.
  • June 2020 — with Rebecca Stone, Student Perceptions of Digital Assessment in the Faculty of Arts. Warwick International Higher Education Academy (WIHEA) Project Grant.
  • 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).

Editorial and Review Activity

I am a series editor responsible for Italian Renaissance submissions as part of the Brill series, Sources in Early Poetics

I have served as a reviewer for the following journals/presses:

  • Italian Culture
  • Italian Studies
  • The Italianist
  • Philological Quarterly
  • Renaissance Quarterly
  • Bristol University Press

Student advice and feedback hours

During Term 3 (2021-2022) my office hours are available by appointment. Please email me to set up a time.

    Appointments may be Face to Face or on MS teams as you prefer. Please note that this may change throughout the course of the year depending on health and safety factors.

    You may of course, email me at any time or try to contact me on Teams for any non-urgent matters.

    Microsoft Teams is provided free to all members of the University. To download it, and for guidance, please see: Information on TeamsLink opens in a new window

    Teaching (AY 21-22)

    This module is currently not offered for AY 2021-2022, though it will be offered as an intensive module in Spring/Summer 2022 as part of the Warwick Alliance Intensive Study Programme (AISP).

    These modules are offered in alternating academic years (2019-2020, 2021-2022, 2023-2024).

    These modules are offered in alternating academic years (2020-2021, 2022-2023, 2024-2025).

    Recent and upcoming talks

    Welcome remarks, collection presentation, conclusions, presented at Processing the Pandemic I: Loss, the Newberry Library, Chicago (April 2022). Conference organised by Rose Miron, Bryan Brazeau, and Christopher Fletcher.

    "Highway to Heaven? Dissimulating Christian Leadership in Torquato Tasso’s Gerusalemme liberata," presented at The Prince and the Condottiero in Italian Humanism and Renaissance: Literature, History, Political Theory and Art, The University of Warwick (June, 2021).

    "Sustainability in Paradise? An Ecocritical Approach to Paradise Spaces in Italian Renaissance Epic," Keynote lecture, presented at "Changing the Cultural Climate with Ecocriticism and Ecolinguistics" (May, 2021).

    "The Gaze of Empire Between East and West: Re-Imagining Global Encounters in Italian Baroque Epics by Women," Public lecture, presented at the University of Toronto's Italian Studies Department (April, 2021).

    "Games Without Frontiers: Multilingualism and Interdisciplinarity in Problem-Based Learning," presented at Warwick-Monash MITN (Migration, Identity, and Translation Network) (June, 2020).

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


    Key Texts in the Renaissance: Love, Friendship, and Connection. Community Reading Group Organiser (2020-2021).

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

    Student Perception of Digital Assessment in the Faculty of Arts, Co-Director (2020).

    Media appearances

    Two must reads for people curious about Liberal Arts

    Paradise found: Dr Bryan Brazeau on the immeasurable value of a Liberal Arts degree

    The Dispatchist: Episode 29 - Infernovember 3, Violence and Deceit

    Where RA Now? Episode 52: Bryan Brazeau, GSAS '15 PhD Italian Studies

    LDCU Warwick: Talking Online Learning with Becca Stone and Bryan Brazeau