Professor Charles Burdett
The principal areas of Charles Burdett’s research are literary culture under Fascism; travel writing; the Italian colonial presence in Libya and East Africa and its legacy; theories of inter-cultural and transnational contact; the representation of Islam and the Islamic world in recent Italian literature and culture. An important part of his work concerns the theoretical frame through which we consider transnational contact and the implications for the disciplinary field of Modern Languages of the study of cultural translation in all its forms.
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.
Professor Stefano Cracolici
Professor 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 Ita Mac Carthy
Dr Ita Mac Carthy's research chiefly concerns the connections between Renaissance Italian literature and the visual arts, seen in the context of cultural and social history and in a comparative European perspective. Within that, she contributes to evolving scholarly conversations about translation and adaptation across languages, between media and over time. Her work is informed by various literary, cultural and art theoretical approaches, engaging in particular with gender studies, reception theory, cultural materialism, philological modes of enquiry and cognitively-inflected criticism.
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.