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

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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), where I researched multiple themes concerning the content and reception of Dante's Divina Commedia. I then completed my PGCE at Cambridge before returning to Durham for my PhD.

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 and his response to Classical and Vernacular poetry collections.


2019: AHRC Northern Bridge Research Training Support Grant

2018-2021: AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Partnership Scholarship

2017: Collingwood College Undergraduate Research Internship

Research Interests

  • Petrarch
  • Dante
  • Classical Reception in Medieval Italy
  • Italian Renaissance Literature
  • Medieval Philosophy
  • Early Italian Poetry


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Selected Grants

  • 2018: AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership