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Antonello, Dr Pierpaolo

​Pierpaolo Antonello's research interests include Modern Italian cultural history and intellectual history, Modern Italian visual culture, including art and cinema, René Girard’s mimetic theory.

Brundin, Prof Abigail

Abigail Brundin's research interests include the literature and culture of the Italian renaissance, with a particular focus on women writers, poetry, print culture, devotional literature, censorship and religion.

 

Giannakopoulou, Dr Liana

Liana Giannakopoulou's research so far has culminated in two books: The Power of Pygmalion. Ancient Greek Sculpture in Modern Greek Poetry (Peter Lang 2007), which explores how poets shape their artistic identity in relation to Ancient Greek sculpture, and The Parthenon in Poetry. An Anthology (in Greek, published by the Hellenic Historical and Literary Archive in 2009), in which she has conducted extensive research on the presence of this monument in poetry from antiquity to today.

Gordon, Prof Robert

Robert Gordon works on the literature, cinema and cultural history of modern Italy.  His books include works on Pier Paolo Pasolini, Primo Levi, Bicycle Thieves and the legacies of the Holocaust in postwar Italy.

Ledgeway, Prof Adam

Adam Ledgeway is Professor of Italian and Romance Linguistics and his research interests include the comparative history and morphosyntax of the Romance languages, Italian dialectology, Latin, Italo-Greek, syntactic theory, and linguistic change. His research is channelled towards bringing together traditional Romance philological scholarship with the insights of recent generative syntactic theory.

 

Rhodes, Dr John David

John David Rhodes works on a variety of topics in European and American film. He is especially interested in Italian cinema and in relationships among film, architecture, and place. His work engages aesthetic theory, film theory, queer theory, and historical materialism.

Sanson, Prof Helena

Professor Sanson’s interdisciplinary research focuses on the history of the Italian language, literature and culture in Italy, between the Renaissance and the post-Unification period. She is particularly interested in the relationship between the history of linguistic thought and the history of women, as representative of the less learned, as well as in the role of women writers and women readers, in the same period. Among Professor Sanson’s other strands of interest are conduct literature for and about women, the history of translation in Italy and the role of women translators in the circulation of new ideas and the popularization and dissemination of knowledge in Italy.

 

Schifano, Dr Norma

Norma Schifano works on historical and synchronic Romance and Greek comparative morphosyntax, with a special focus on microvariation and language contact. She has recently completed her PhD dissertation (‘Verb-movement: a pan-Romance investigation’) and is currently working as Research Associate for the Leverhulme-funded project entitled ‘Fading voices in Southern Italy: investigating language contact in Magna Graecia’ with Prof. Adam Ledgeway (Principal Applicant) and Dr Giuseppina Silvestri (Research Associate).

 

Silvestri, Dr Giuseppina

Giuseppina Silvestri’s research interests include comparative Indo-European and Romance Linguistics -especially Italian and non-standard Italian varieties- as well as Greek dialectology, and the phonology-syntax interface, and linguistic theory. She is currently research associate on a 3-year Leverhulme-funded Project, 'Fading voices in southern Italy: investigating language contact in Magna Graecia'.

Webb, Dr Heather

Dr Heather Webb’s research focuses on concepts of personhood, embodiment, and intersubjectivity in late medieval Italy. Her current work is concerned with gesture and devotion in Dante’s Comedy and as visualised by his late medieval and early modern readers.

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Professor Anna Elsner wins European Research Council Starting Grant

9 February 2022

Assistant Professor Anna Magdalena Elsner of French Literature and Culture at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, has been awarded the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant. Professor Anna Elsner is a former MPhil and PhD (2011) student at the University...

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2021-22

1 November 2021

The Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics welcomes applications from potential applicants for the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Scheme 2021-22. The scheme provides prestigious three-year fellowships awards for researchers who are near the start of their post-doctoral career. Leverhulme specify that...

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The Slavonic Section are delighted to congratulate Simon Franklin on his newest book, The Russian Graphosphere, 1450-1850 (Cambridge University Press, 2019), being awarded the prestigious University of Southern California Book Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies.

Updated Call for Applications - British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

22 July 2020

The Faculty welcomes applications for British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships.

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