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Dr Stefano Milonia


As a Romance philologist, my main interests are medieval European lyric, manuscript studies, music, and digital humanities. The aim of my research at the University of Warwick is to reveal the translingual and interconnected nature of medieval Romance lyric by looking at musical imitations occurring across four different repertoires: Italian, French, Occitan, and Galician-Portuguese lyric. In the Middle Ages melodic imitation was an essential part of artistic creation: old melodies were constantly borrowed by new authors (a practice known as contrafaction). Since poets travelled from court to court, tracing the connections between melodies allows us to walk through their itineraries, creating a map of literary relationships.

I graduated with a degree in Romance Philology at Sapienza Università di Roma, where I specialised in Old French and Old Occitan language and literature, with a comparative and interdisciplinary approach. I obtained my joint Doctorate degree in Scienze del Testo from Sapienza and PSL - École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris with a dissertation dedicated to the critical edition of the songs with music of the troubadour Peirol.

In 2016 I was an Ingénieur d'études for the CNRS in Toulouse II - Jean Jaurès where I worked on the digital edition of the music of manuscript BnF fr. 22543; in 2018-2019 I was a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge.

Areas of Research

  • Old French and Occitan
  • Medieval Italian Literature
  • Ecdotics, Textual Criticism, Manuscript Studies
  • Medieval Music
  • Digital Humanities
  • 21st Century Poetry

Selected Publications


  • Rima e melodia nell’arte allusiva dei trovatori (Roma: Nuova Cultura - Dipartimento di Studi Europei, Americani e Interculturali, 2016).

Refereed Articles

  • ‘Cavalli Cavalcanti. Il medioevo ritrovato nella poesia di Giulia Martini’, Polisemie: Rivista di poesia iper-contemporanea, I, 2020, pp. 3-21.
  • ‘Peirol, Coras que·m fezes doler (BdT 366.9)’, Lecturae tropatorum, 12, 2019, pp. 159-189.
  • [with Elisa Verzilli] ‘Tradizione testuale e tradizione musicale nelle liriche del Castellano di Coucy’, in Ch. Chaillou-Amadieu, O. Floquet, M. Grimaldi (dir.), Philologie et musicologie. Des sources à l’interprétation poético-musicale (XIIe-XVIe siècle) (Paris: Garnier, 2019), pp. 81-112.
  • ‘Peirol. Primi passi verso una nuova edizione critica’, in Antonelli, Roberto / Videsott, Paul / Glessgen, Martin, 2018, Atti del XXVIII Congresso internazionale di linguistica e filologia romanza (Roma, 18-23 luglio 2016) (Strasbourg: Bibliothèque de Linguistique Romane, 2018), pp. 1176-1787.
  • ‘Riccardo Cuor di Leone, Ja nuns hons pris ne dira sa raison. Una proposta di edizione critica’, Critica del Testo, XX/2, 2017, pp. 243-300.
  • ‘«Tu se’ morto». Riflessione sulle condizioni di esistenza dell’Io nella Commedia’, Strumenti Critici, XXXI/3 (n. 142), 2016, pp. 241-268.

Participation in Projects

Laboratorio di Lirica Medievale Romanza (Sapienza Università di Roma, Responsible for the sections 'Troubadours' and 'Music')

Polisemie: Rivista di poesia iper-contemporanea (Sapienza Università di Roma, Co-founder and director)

TMAO: Trésor Manuscrit de l'Ancien Occitan (CNRS, Toulouse II - Jean Jaurès)

Conference and Seminar Organization

TwentyTwenty: Interpreting 21st Century Poetry 16-18 April 2020 (International conference, Sapienza Università di Roma, Co-convener)

Cambridge Medieval Literature and Culture Seminar 2018-2019 (Co-convener)

Polisemie: Seminari di poesia iper-contemporanea 2019 (Sapienza Università di Roma, co-convener)

Professional associations

Association International d'Études Occitanes (Member)

Société de Linguistique Romane (Member)


Polisemie: Festival di poesia iper-contemporanea (Sapienza Università di Roma 24 May 2019, Project director)