Caroline Dormor

Caroline Dormor


Academic Background 

I completed a BA in English at the University of Cambridge (Churchill College) before undertaking a two-year masters in European Culture and Literature (Erasmus Mundus CLE) across the University of Strasbourg and the University of Bologna. My current research is made possible by AHRC funding. 



My doctoral research concentrates on Dante’s Ante-Purgatory. The first nine cantos of the Purgatorio have been neglected by criticism and my thesis aims to begin to fill this gap, touching on issues such as liminality, borders, Virgil’s presence in Ante-Purgatory, the transition from Hell to Purgatory, re-orientation, and community within the Ante-Purgatory cantos. 


Other Activities

From 2018-2020 I convened the TORCH-funded Medieval Italian Reading Group with Lachlan Hughes alongside regular readings of the Commedia in various pubs for the Bibitura Dantis Oxoniensis. From 2019-2020 I was the Medieval Seminar co-ordinator for the Italian Graduate Research Seminars and currently hold the position of secretary. 





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