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Durham University

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Miss Emma Wall, BA Hons (Dunelm), PGCE (Cantab)

Contact Miss Emma Wall (email at emma.c.wall@durham.ac.uk)

Academic Biography

PhD candidate in Italian studies and AHRC Northern Bridge award holder. I completed my BA at Durham University, achieving first class honours. My research during this period focused largely on Classical Reception in Medieval Italy, with a thesis on Dante's employment of Aristotelian philosophy to structure the moral topography of the Inferno. Following the completion of my BA I was awarded a research grant to work on the exhibition 'Heaven, Hell and Hope: A Journey Through the Afterlife with Dante' (Palace Green Library, 2 December 2017-18 March 2018).

Current Research Interests

My PhD research concerns the evolution of Petrarch's Canzoniere, focusing on the final stages of the collection's development. This focuses on the often disjointed manuscript tradition of the text and the implications of the textual variants identified in key manuscripts as a reflection of Petrarch's evolving philosophical values. I am also interested in Petrarch's employment of Classical myths to structure the collection as a form of spiritual metamorphosis.

Grants

2018-2021: AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Partnership Scholarship

2017: Collingwood College Undergraduate Research Internship

Publications

Wall, E. C. (2018). Bilingualism in the Classroom: Using Latin as an Aid to the Learning of Modern Italian. Journal of Classics Teaching, 38.

Research Interests

  • Petrarch
  • Dante
  • Classical Reception in Medieval Italy
  • Medieval Philosophy

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Selected Grants

  • 2018: AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership