Laurea (Pavia), PhD (New York)
Lecturer in Italian; Fellow of Balliol College

Academic Background

Undergraduate degree: Laurea in Lettere, University of Pavia, with a thesis on the Romantic Poet Ugo Foscolo.
PhD: New York University, with a dissertation on Dante and the medieval theory of language.
I was Assistant Professor in Italian Studies at McGill University (Montreal, Canada, 2000-2005) and Senior Lecturer in the School of Modern Languages at the University of Bristol (2006-12).

Undergraduate Teaching

Dante, Early Italian Poetry, Medieval Studies.

Postgraduate Teaching


Research Interests

Concepts of language and desire in the Middle Ages; medieval poetics; ideas of the book in medieval times; the Renaissance epic-chivalric poem.


Subject notes for courses taught at Jesus College:
Classics and Modern Languages
English and Modern Languages
European and Middle Eastern Languages
History and Modern Languages
Modern Languages
Modern Languages and Linguistics
Philosophy and Modern Languages

See also Faculty of Modern Languages (Italian) website.