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Research in Italian


Italian at Royal Holloway has a strong tradition of research across a wide range of specialisms within its areas of study. Research in Italian ranges from the medieval and Renaissance periods to the contemporary 21st century.

Our research strengths reflect the influence of two eminent former professors and acknowledged masters of Italian Studies in Britain – Carlo Dionisotti and Peter Armour – which we are honoured to build on.

Current research interests

Our particular strengths lie in:

• The Italian chivalric and romance epic (Jane Everson,Stefano JossaAnnalisa Perrotta)

• Renaissance literature, including humanism, satire and women’s writing (Jane Everson, Stefano Jossa, Simone TestaLorenza Gianfrancesco)

• The history of the Italian book in the Renaissance ( Jane Everson; Simone Testa, Lorenza Gianfrancesco) 

• The Italian Learned Academies  (Jane Everson; Stefano Jossa, Simone Testa, Lorenza Gianfrancesco)

• Artistic and cultural relations between Britain and Italy in the 19th century (Giuliana PieriVivienne Hand)

• Music and culture from the 19th to 21st centuries (Vivienne Hand)

• Italian Nationalism, cultural and intellectual history, literature and nationhood in Italy (Stefano Jossa, Fabrizio De Donno)

• Comparative literature and culture from the 19th to 21st centuries (Vivienne Hand, Giuliana Pieri, Fabrizio De Donno)

• Modern literature, especially modern poetry, the 21st century detective novel and Futurism (Vivienne Hand, Giuliana Pieri)

• Visual culture in the 20th century  (Giuliana Pieri)

• The historical novel and film (Fabrizio De Donno)

• Colonial and post-colonial studies  (Fabrizio de Donno)

• Religion in Italian culture (Fabrizio de Donno, Stefano Jossa).

Research staff

Research staff in Italian comprises two Professors, one Senior Lecturer, two Lecturers, two post-doctoral research assistants, a Marie-Curie Research Fellow and two Honorary Research Fellows. 

There are currently 16 postgraduates being supervised by research staff in Italian preparing doctoral thesis on topics from Renaissance Studies to 20th century cultural studies.

Research projects

Researchers in Italian have an outstanding record of success in securing external research grant income from UK and EU funding bodies. Research projects led by and involving collaboration by Italian research staff include: 

• Interdisciplinary Italy Phase 2. 1900-2020: Interart/Intermedia

The Italian Academies 1525-1700: the first intellectual networks of early modern Europe

• The Cult of the Duce

• Interdisciplinary Italy 1900-2010. AHRC Networking Grant 2012-2014 



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