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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Helena Phillips-Robins

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Research Fellow, Selwyn College
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages & Linguistics
Contact details: 
Telephone number: 
(+44) (0)1223 335 835

Selwyn College
Grange Road
United Kingdom



Dr Phillips-Robins (PhD Cambridge 2017) specialises in medieval Italian literature and culture with a particular interest in Dante, theology and religious practices, and visual cultures.


Research interests: 
  • Dante studies
  • Medieval theology and religious practices
  • Liturgy
  • Medieval visual cultures
  • Text-image relations
  • Early Italian lyric poetry
  • Music and Literature
  • History of emotions
  • Religion and Literature


Published works: 
  • ‘Voicing lament: Poet and reader as mourners in Dante’s Commedia’, in Dwelling on Grief: Narratives of Mourning Across Time and Forms, ed. by Simona Corso, Florian Mussgnug and Jennifer Rushworth (Cambridge: Legenda, 2022, forthcoming), pp. 35-46
  • Liturgical Song and Practice in Dante’s Commedia, William and Katherine Devers Series in Dante and Medieval Italian Literature (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2021)
  • ‘Theology through Images: Viewing and Devotion in the Yates Thompson Commedia’, Dante Studies, 138 (2020), 128-51
  • ‘Singing for Dante in Purgatorio 30-31’, Bibliotheca Dantesca, 1 (2018), 127-45
  • ‘‘Cantavan tutti insieme ad una voce’: Singing and Community in the Commedia’, Italian Studies, 71 (2016), 4-20