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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Nicolò Morelli

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Teaching Associate in Italian
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages & Linguistics
Contact details: 
Telephone number: 
(+44) (0)1223 335 038

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


Nicolò Morelli (PhD Cambridge, 2018) specialises in medieval and early modern Italian literature. Following the completion of his PhD, he became Affiliated Lecturer (2019) in the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics, where he has most recently attained the position of Teaching Associate in Italian (2022). In recognition of his commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning, he has been an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2018.

During his time at the University of Cambridge, Dr Morelli has contributed to a variety of projects such as the undergraduate-led video interview with writer Dacia Maraini; the Italian Section’s Residential Course in Tuscany; and the design of university admissions tests provided by Cambridge Assessment for the Italian Government. He currently coordinates the Cambridge-Intesa Sanpaolo Fund on behalf of the Faculty’s Italian Section. He strongly supports widening participation at universities and regularly contributes to activities aimed at promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in higher education. Enquiries from current and potential students are welcome.

Teaching interests: 
  • Medieval and early modern Italian literature
  • Manuscript studies, palaeography, and editorial techniques
  • Translation and use of the Italian language
Research interests: 
  • Animal imagery in medieval and early modern literature
  • Petrarch and Occitan poetry
  • Petrarch’s transnational reception in England
  • Text and visual art in medieval and early modern Italian culture
  • Italian humanism
  • Textual criticism and philology of Italian literature
Recent research projects: 

Petrarch and Portraiture in Renaissance Italy (co-edited project)

Published works: 

Petrarch and Sixteenth-Century Portraiture, edited by Ilaria Bernocchi, Nicolò Morelli, and Federica Pich (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, forthcoming)

‘Petrarch’s Deer in Rerum Vulgarium Fragmenta 190 and the Visio Beatifica’, Italian Studies, 76.3 (2021), 237–53

‘I sonetti di Lorenzo Moschi’, Studi e Problemi di Critica Testuale, 95.2 (2017), 271–315