Rebecca is a D.Phil. researcher and Clarendon Scholar at Somerville College specializing in Italian Medieval poetry and its classical influences. Her PhD thesis, ‘Figures of Love: Amor from Antiquity into the Italian Middle Ages’, traces a history of love personified from classical Latin to pre-Renaissance Italian poetry looking at visual as well as literary culture. She has an undergraduate degree in Italian and Classics from the University of Edinburgh and a Masters in Italian from Oxford.
Her main research interests include Medieval Italian literature and love lyric, Dante, the place of classical and late antique culture in the Middle Ages, and the relationship between art and text in the construction of visual imagery and personification.