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PhD and MPhil



Current PhD Students in Italian



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Charlotte Alton


Affective Contagions and Communities in Boccaccio’s Decameron

Dr Heather Webb

Adelaide Brooks Clare Italiano, brava lingua?: The Complex Role of Italian in the Recounting of the Holocaust Prof Robert Gordon

Sara Cardullo

St John's

Morphosyntactic Microvariation in the Aeolian Dialects

Prof Adam Ledgeway

Alessia Carrai


Uncovering classical mythology in Dante's Earthly Paradise

Dr Heather Webb

Samuel Fitzgibbon Corpus Christi Writing Home: Letters to and from Florentine Exiles (1433-1494) Research Summary 1 Prof Virginia Cox

Tommaso Forni


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

Prof Abigail Brundin

Mara Josi


16th October 1943: literature, history and memory

Prof Robert Gordon

Michele Maiolani


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

Prof Robert Gordon

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

Ruth Murphy St John's Conceptualising empathy as an ethical and literary problem post-Holocaust Prof Robert Gordon
Orsolya Petocz Selwyn Between Queer Invisibility and Hypervisibility - Italian and Francophone Text and Image Prof Emma Wilson and 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
Rebecca Reilly Selwyn Accessing the Inaccessible Other: Desire and ‘Interpersonal Selfhoods’ across Generic and Gendered Boundaries in Late Medieval Italian Literature Dr Heather Webb
Onkar Singh Selwyn Diachronic and Synchronic Microvariation in Differential Object Marking (DOM) in ItaloRomance and beyond Prof Adam Ledgeway

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

Aurora Sturli St Edmund’s Female Writers at the Margins of Italian Literature and Culture Prof Helena Sanson
Jonathan Wiles Selwyn "Vegna Medusa": Dante's Poetics of Absence in and Around the 'Commedia' Dr Heather Webb


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