Nicolò Crisafi

DPhil candidate in Italian at Lady Margaret Hall and Clarendon scholar.


My thesis ‘Dante’s Masterplot and the Alternative Narrative Models in the Commedia’ focuses on paradoxes, detours and the future as alternatives to Dante Alighieri’s dominant narrative: the teleological ‘masterplot’.

My current research interests include Dante, Medieval Italian literature, Narrative theory, Rhetorics, Women’s voices, Affectivity, Reader response.

More broadly, I like to enquire into the relation between narrative and worldviews, and explore questions of realism.


I have been tutoring on Dante since my first year and I have taught FHS Translation into Italian.

As Teaching Fellow (2016), I gave twenty-four lectures on:

  • The Italian Sonnet;
  • Modern Italian Novels;
  • Medieval Comic and Religious Poetry;
  • Introduction to Dante’s Commedia;
  • Dante’s Paradiso;
  • Dante’s Other Works.

I have also supervised five finalists for their essay portfolios on Dante’s Other Works.

Academic Background

BA in English at University of Cambridge;

MA in Scienze del Testo at ‘La Sapienza’ Università di Roma.

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