Professor Carlo Caruso’s research focuses on classical culture in the Italian literary tradition, the history of scholarship, and the relationship between literature and the arts. From the summer of 2013 he will be working on the project ‘Italian Vernacular Classics and Textual Scholarship, 1270–1870’, for which he has been awarded a Major Research Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust.
Dr Annalisa Cipollone
Dr Annalisa Cipollone works on early Italian lyric poetry, Dante, Petrarch, textual scholarship, as well as on aspects of Anglo-Italian literary relations in the twentieth century. She is currently participating in the international research project ‘New frontiers in Petrarch scholarship: textual criticism and editing, cultural stratifications, reception’ (PRIN, 2013-), to which she will contribute with a study of Petrarch’s Itinerary to the Holy Land.
Dr Stefano Cracolici
Dr Stefano Cracolici’s field of specialization is Italian Renaissance culture, with a particular focus on the history of emotions and its social, medical and aesthetic implications. He is co-Director of the Durham Centre for Visual Arts and Cultures. He has recently been awarded a Research Fellowship at the Paul Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (April-June 2013), for his project ‘Medusean Colors’.
Dr Kimberley Skelton
Kimberley Skelton’s research focuses on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century European architecture, especially intersections with shifting ideas of human perception across the history of philosophy and the history of science. She is the author of The Paradox of Body, Building and Motion in Seventeenth-Century England (Manchester, 2015), and her current research project examines how, from the mid-seventeenth century, European architects regrounded building theory and design on a malleable sensory viewer in response to scientific empiricism and philosophical mechanism.
Dr Dario Tessicini
Dr Dario Tessicini, currently Head of Italian, works on Renaissance and early modern intellectual history and its relationship with the history of science, including the astronomical and cosmological theories by Giordano Bruno, the history of geography and cosmography, astrology and the problem of prognostications, and the Gregorian reform of the calendar. In 2011-2012 he was in receipt of an annual Fellowship at Villa I Tatti – The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies.
Dr Francesco Venturi
Dr Francesco Venturi’s research focuses on both Renaissance and nineteenth- and twentieth-century Italian literature and culture. His current research project is centred on the theme of self-exegesis in early modern European literature. He is also completing a commentary on Annibal Caro’s book of rhymes as well as a monograph on Andrea Zanzotto’s poetry.
Dr Katrin Wehling-Giorgi
Dr Katrin Wehling-Giorgi’s research focuses on comparative perspectives on twentieth-century and contemporary Italian literature, with a particular interest in the intersections between psychoanalysis and literature, as well as gender studies and feminist theory. She is the author of Gadda and Beckett: Storytelling, Subjectivity and Fracture (Oxford: Legenda, 2014), and her current research project is centred on the literary and cultural portrayal of the subversive mother figure in modern and contemporary narrative and film.