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Overview of Teaching and Research Areas

Subject area

Medieval studies, including Dante 

Dr Heather Webb (Dante, early Italian lyric poetry, Boccaccio) Renaissance and Early Modern studies

Dr Abigail Brundin (literature, culture, religion)

Professor. Helena Sanson (Questione della lingua, literature, women's history)


Modern studies

Dr Pierpaolo Antonello (Literature, cultural and intellectual history, philosophy)

Professor Robert Gordon (Literature, cultural and intellectual history, Italian cinema)

Dr JD Rhodes (Italian cinema)

Professor Helena Sanson (Questione della lingua, Literature, women's history, translation)


Language and Linguistics

Prof. Adam Ledgeway (Dialectology, historical linguistics, syntactic theory, comparative Romance linguistics)

Professor Helena Sanson (Questione della lingua)

Member of the Department

Name (and College) Main area(s) Contact details

Dr Pierpaolo Antonello

(St John's)

20th-century Italian writing and intellectual history; Futurism and the avant-garde; Literature and science; Calvin, Eco; Postmodern Italian literature; French theory and epistemology
Professor Zyg Baranski, Emeritus Professor Dante and medieval poetics; Modern Italian literature, film and culture

Dr Abigail Brundin

​(St Catharine's)

Renaissance and early modern literature and culture

Professor Robert Gordon

(Gonville and Caius)

20th-century Italian literature, cinema and cultural history

Professor Robin Kirkpatrick, Emeritus Professor


Dante and the Renaissance; The relationship between Italian and English literature from 1300 - 1600 as well as in the Modern period

Professor Adam Ledgeway


Generative syntax, especially Minimalism; Morphosyntactic change; The history and structure of the Romance languages, in particular Italian and the dialects of Italy

Dr JD Rhodes

(Corpus Christi)

Italian cinema

Professor Helena Sanson


Dr Heather Webb


Medieval literature and culture, especially Dante, early Italian lyric poetry, Boccaccio, models of female piety (especially Catherine of Siena & Dominican penitents), the history of concepts

Latest News

Cambridge Italian Research Network (CIRN) Annual Lecture | 8 November, 17:15

8 November 2023

The Cambridge Italian Research Network (CIRN) is delighted to announce the return of its Annual Lecture. This will be given by Professor Christopher Clark (Regius Professor of History at Cambridge) on 'Italy in 1848/49 '. 8 November, 5.15pm, St John's College (see details below) We look forward to seeing you there.

Dr Elena Sottilotta awarded Research Fellowship at Murray Edwards College

5 October 2023

Warmest congratulations to Dr Elena Sottilotta , who has been awarded a Research Fellowship at Murray Edwards College. She will begin her Research Fellowship on 1 October 2023. Elena obtained her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2022 with a research project in women’s studies, folklore and fairy-tale studies, funded...

Dr Erica Bellia awarded Gulbenkian Early Career Research Fellowship

5 October 2023

Warmest congratulations to Dr Erica Bellia , who has been awarded a Gulbenkian Early Career Research Fellowship in the Arts and Humanities at Churchill College. She will begin her early career research fellowship on 1 January 2024. Her project, entitled Anthologising Blackness in Post-Fascist Italy , looks at an unexplored...

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