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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Aiste Kiltinavičiūtė

PhD Candidate
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Contact details: 
Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1223 335 000 (Main Faculty number)

Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
United Kingdom


I studied for my BA (Hons) in English at Wolfson College, Cambridge. I then completed my MPhil in European, Latin American and Comparative Literatures and Cultures (ELAC) at King’s College, Cambridge, supported by the Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership. My thesis ‘Literary Synaesthesia and Cross-Sensory Perception: Sensing in, and with, Purgatorio 24’ was awarded a high distinction.

Since October 2018, I have been a PhD candidate in Italian at Selwyn College. My PhD is funded by the Vice-Chancellor's & Selwyn Sykes Postgraduate Research Scholarship.

Teaching interests: 

ITA3: Introduction to Italian 3: Texts and Contexts

IT4: Autobiography and Self-Representation in Italian Culture

IT7: Dante and the Culture of His Age

Paper 1: Practical Criticism and Critical Practice (English Faculty)

I also teach an interdisciplinary course that introduces students reading English to Italian literature in the original and in translation.

Research interests: 

I specialise in medieval Italian literature and culture with a particular interest in Dante studies and early Italian lyric poetry. My doctoral thesis centres on sensory perception in Dante’s dreams and visions.

My broader research interests include the representation of embodiment, visionary writing, the illuminations and illustrations of the Commedia, and the interconnections between English and Italian literary traditions.

Published works: 
  • ‘Sensation (Un)bound: Literary Synaesthesia and Cross‑Sensory Perception in Dante’s Purgatorio 24,’ Bibliotheca Dantesca: Journal of Dante Studies, Vol. 3 (2020), 86-106.

Conference papers:

  • ‘Literary Synaesthesia and Cross‑Sensory Perception in Dante’s Purgatorio XXIV’, the Virtual International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 2020.
  • ‘Rapimento e violenza visionaria in Purgatorio IX,’ Seminario dantesco internazionale ‘Alma Dante,’ Università di Bologna, Ravenna, Italy, June 2020.
  • ‘A Nearly Divine Mind: Sensation in and out of Body in Dante’s Purgatorial Dreams’, Oxford Medieval & Modern Languages Graduate Network Conference, University of Oxford, June 2019.

Invited talks:

  • ‘Reading Dante’s "Commedia" in 2019: Poetics, Ideas, Reception’, the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, Vilnius, Lithuania, 9 May 2019.

  • ‘"Divine Sirens": Veronica Franco (1546–1591) and the Poetry of Venetian Courtesans’, Umiastovskiai Palace, Vilnius, Lithuania, 21 December 2018.