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Erica Bellia


Between Literature and Industry. Representations of the intellectual from Metello to Petrolio

Prof Robert Gordon

Mara Josi


16th October 1943: literature, history and memory

Prof Robert Gordon

Serena Laiena


Giovan Battista Andreini (1576-1654) on Stage: Between Language and Intertextuality

Prof Helena Sanson

Nicole Maniero


Objects and Object Fetishism in Italian Short Stories, 1930 – 1959

Dr Pierpaolo Antonello

Charlotte Alton


Affective Contagions and Communities in Boccaccio’s Decameron

Dr Heather Webb

Sara Cardullo

St John's

Morphosyntactic Microvariation in the Aeolian Dialects

Prof Adam Ledgeway

Tommaso Forni


"Polyanthea" or Polyantheas: The hidden foundation of the European Renaissance

Prof Abigail Brundin

Simone Monti

St Catharine's

The genre of Rime in morte in Renaissance women’s lyric poetry: Vittoria Colonna,
Veronica Gambara, Chiara Matraini and Francesca Turina.

Prof Abigail Brundin

Alessia Carrai


Uncovering classical mythology in Dante's Earthly Paradise

Dr Heather Webb

Aistė Kiltinavičiūtė


Quanto natura a sentir ti dispuose’: Dante and the Senses of Personhood 

Dr Heather Webb

Michele Maiolani


'The Role of the Anthropological Method in Italian Literature (1970-1985): Italo Calvino, Primo Levi and Gianni Celati

Prof Robert Gordon

Elena Emma Sottilotta

St Catharine's

Women Writing Folklore: Politics of Folk and Fairy-tale Collections from Italian and Irish Islands (1870-1920)

Prof Helena Sanson

Ruth Murphy St John's Conceptualising empathy as an ethical and literary problem post-Holocaust Prof Robert Gordon
Luigi Pinton Clare Witnessing the lives of others: Antonio Tabucchi's second-hand stories Dr Pierpaolo Antonello
George Rayson Selwyn Singularities in harmony: the rhyming hapax legomena in Dante's Commedia Dr Heather Webb
Onkar Singh Selwyn Diachronic and Synchronic Microvariation in Differential Object Marking (DOM) in ItaloRomance and beyond Prof Adam Ledgeway
Jonathan Wiles Selwyn "Vegna Medusa": Dante's Poetics of Absence in and Around the 'Commedia' Dr Heather Webb

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Prof Robert Gordon

Latest News

Professor Helena Sanson publishes new book: Women in the History of Linguistics

16 March 2021

The Italian Section is delighted to announce the publication of a new book by Professor Helena Sanson, Women in the History of Linguistics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020; 672 pp.), co-edited with Professor Wendy Ayres-Bennett (Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics). The volume is a ground-breaking...

Livia Russell Society for Italian Studies (SIS) Prize Winner 2020

27 January 2021

The Italian Section extends warmest congratulations to former undergraduate Livia Russell who has won the Society for Italian Studies (SIS) Undergraduate Prize 2020 for her Dissertation ‘Contact and intimacy: Mario Giacomelli’s photo-poetic encounters’ . The Society for Italian Studies (SIS) Prize aims to raise the profile...

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