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Durham University

School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Italian Studies

Postgraduate Studies

We welcome proposals for research MAs and PhDs in the following areas:

  • Medieval literary culture
  • Textual scholarship
  • Dante
  • Petrarch
  • History of medicine (late medieval and early modern periods)
  • Italian courtly literature (fifteenth and sixteenth centuries)
  • Early modern science
  • Renaissance and Baroque literature
  • Literature and the visual arts
  • Rome - early modern to modern
  • Literature and music
  • Italian cinema
  • Contemporary literature (Calvino)
  • Translation studies
  • History of translation
  • Comparative studies in collaboration with the other School Departments

A more detailed description of staff’s research interests is provided here.

The Durham Italian Seminar promotes a warm, scholarly dialogue among students, staff and guest speakers on research topics and issues of methodological significance. It also encourages debate on current and future research projects and supports scholarly initiatives promoted by students. For a list of past and current events click here.

Our students work on a wide range of topics – from marginalia in early-printed books to the reception of opera theatre for visually-impaired audiences, from Renaissance academies to translation strategies in contemporary press, from nineteenth-century cultural journalism to Italian silent cinema, from the fifteenth-century theory and practice of linear perspective to late nineteenth-century literary correspondence.

Postgraduate students in Italian at Durham organise high-level events with the support of the department.

Recent events include:

  • Evolution, Revolution or Devolution? Reflections on the Italian Right, 1861-2011, which was awarded a ‘medaglia di rappresentanza’ and a personal note of appreciation from the President of the Italy, Giorgio Napolitano. Organisers: Federico Casari, Giulio Marchisio, Lorenzo Sacchini)