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Current Position

Honorary Faculty Research Fellow (Oxford) and Research Fellow (Padua, Italy)

I am a Honorary Faculty Research Fellow (Sep. 2020 - Sep. 2025) at the Medieval and Modern Languages Faculty at the University of Oxford. 

At the same time, from September 2020 I am research fellow at the Department of Literary and Linguistic Studies (DISLL) at the University of Padua. Link



Main Research Interests

  • Petrarch and Petrarchism
  • Sixteenth-Century Italian Poetry
  • Renaissance Exegesis and the Commentary Tradition
  • Reception of the Classics in the Italian Renaissance
  • Reception of Horace 
  • Renaissance Latin Poetry
  • Fifteenth-Century Latin and Vernacular Literature
  • Early-Modern History of Manuscript and Print
  • Italian Courtly Literature

 

Profile

I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow working on the MIUR-funded project 'The Sick Body Politic of the Republic. Lyric poetry and theatre (late 16th–early 18th century)'. I am also a honorary faculty research fellow at the Medieval and Modern Languages Faculty at the University of Oxford, where I previously worked as a postdoctoral research fellow on the AHRC-funded project 'Petrarch Commentary and Exegesis in Renaissance Italy, c.1350-c.1650' (Jan. 2017 - Jan. 2020) and research assistant of Prof.  Simon Gilson (Feb. 2020 - Aug. 2020). During my time in Oxford, I was research associate to the Corpus Christi College. 

I read Italian and Latin at the University of Padua, while I attended the Scuola Galileiana di Studi Superiori (the School of Excellence of Padua University). I graduated in Italian Philology in July 2012. I then took my PhD in Italian Studies at the University of Warwick (January 2016). My PhD project dealt with the reception of the Latin poet Horace in the Italian Renaissance (1498-1600).

Later, I became a fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) at Warwick and, then, junior research fellow at the Dahlem Humanities Center of the Freie Universität in Berlin (Germany).

I was visiting fellow at the Newberry Library in Chicago (2013), Fondation Hardt in Geneva (2014), and Houghton Library of Harvard University (2014). I worked as research visiting fellow at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies in Innsbruck (2020). 

My research interests and publications concern the early-modern reception of Latin antiquity, Petrarch’s exegesis, Renaissance Italian and Latin poetry, sixteenth-century Venetian poetry, Italian Courtly literature, and the history of manuscript and print.  

 

Publications

 

Edited Volume

  • Aldo Manuzio editore, umanista e filologo, ed. by Giacomo Comiati (Milan: Ledizioni, 2019)

 

Online Publications

  • Giacomo Comiati and Lorenzo Sacchini, with the collaboration of Francesco Venturi, Petrarch Commentary and Exegesis in Renaissance Italy, c. 1350-c. 1650: A Database of Works. (https://petrarch.mml.ox.ac.uk)

 

Articles and Chapters in Books

  • (Forthcoming) ‘Reading Petrarch’s sonnets of the innamoramento (Rerum vulgarium fragmenta 2 and 3) in early-modern Italy’, in Petrarch Exegesis in Renaissance Italy, ed. by Simon Gilson and Federica Pich (Oxford: Legenda)
  • (Forthcoming) ‘Horace across the Seventeenth-Century Italian Literature: Carlo de’ Dottori and his Odes’, in Horace across the Media: Textual, Visual and Musical Receptions of Horace from the 15th to the 18th Century, ed. by Marc Laureys and Karl Enenkel (Leiden-Boston: Brill)
  • (Forthcoming) ‘Architetture compositive e fonti classiche nelle Odi di Bernardo Tasso’, in Bernardo Tasso gentiluomo del Rinascimento, ed. by Giovanni Ferroni and Franco Tomasi (Geneva: Droz)
  • ‘Translating Petrarch’s Vernacular Poems in Latin in Early-Modern Italy’, in “Gelehrte Liebesnöte” – Lateinischer Petrarkismus der Frühen Neuzeit, ed. by Beate Hintzen (Berlin-Boston: De Gruyter, 2022), pp. 215-238.  
  • (with B. Hintzen and A. Winkler) ‘Lateinische Übersetzungen von Petrarcas Rerum vulgarium fragmenta bis 1700’, in “Gelehrte Liebesnöte” – Lateinischer Petrarkismus der Frühen Neuzeit, ed. by Beate Hintzen (Berlin-Boston: De Gruyter, 2022), pp. 373-385.
  • ‘Lucrezia tra Lice e Ligurino. Tessere oraziane nelle rime eteree di Torquato Tasso’, in Ragionando dilettevoli cose. Studi di filologia e letteratura per Ginetta Auzzas, ed. by Davide Cappi, Rino Modonutti, and Emilio Torchio (Rome: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2022), pp. 199-214.  
  • ‘Judging Petrarch in the Venetian Accademia della Fama: Celio Magno and his Prefazione sopra il Petrarca (c. 1558)’, in Interpreting and Judging Petrarch’s Canzoniere in Early Modern Italy, ed. by Maiko Favaro (Oxford: Legenda, 2021), pp. 58-86      
  • ‘Dalla canzone all’ode: pratiche e forme d’innovazione metrica nelle liriche di Bernardo Tasso’, in I versi e le regole. Esperienze metriche nel Rinascimento italiano, ed. by Martina dal Cengio and Nicolò Magnani (Ravenna: Longo, 2020), pp. 107-121 
  • ‘Sicco biografo di Orazio e la ricezione degli Scriptorum Latinae linguae libri nel tardo umanesimo’, in L’Umanesimo di Sicco Polenton. Padova, la ‘Catinia’, i Santi, gli Antichi, ed. by Giovanna Baldissin Molli, Franco Benucci, and Rino Modonutti (Padua: Centro Studi Antoniani, 2020), pp. 141-157
  • ‘The Reception of Petrarch and Petrarchists’ Poetry in Marcantonio Flaminio’s Carmina’, in ‘The Influence of Vernacular Discourses on Neo-Latin Literature’, ed. by Florian Schaffenrath and Alexander Winkler (Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2019), pp. 188-211
  • ‘Introduzione’, in Aldo Manuzio editore, umanista e filologo, ed. by Giacomo Comiati (Milan: Ledizioni, 2019), 1-4
  • ‘Humanistic Biographies of Horace and His Inclusion in the Fifteenth-Century Literary Canon’, in Building the Canon through the Classics. Imitation and Variation in Renaissance Italy (1350-1580), ed. by Eloisa Morra (Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2019), 96-125
  • ‘The Reception of Horace’s Odes in the first book of Marcantonio Flaminio’s Carmina’, Making and Rethinking the Renaissance: Between Greek and Latin in 15th-16th Century Europe, ed. by Giancarlo Abbamonte and Stephen Harrison (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2019), 213-231
  • ‘Horace chez Bernardo Tasso: Réécrire les odes en vers italiens’, in Chacun son Horace. Appropriations et adaptations du modèle horatien en Europe (XVe-XVIIe siècles), ed. by Nathalie Dauvois, Michel Jourde, and Jean-Charles Monferran (Paris: Champion, 2019), pp. 69-89
  • 'Une ode latine présumée de Monseigneur Della Casa: Un cas d'hymnographie paienne dans l'Italie de la Renaissance', Camenae, 18 (2016), 1-13
  • ‘Componente paratestuale e didascalie nelle Rime di Celio Magno’, in ‘Questioni filologiche: la critica testuale attraverso i secoli’, ed. by Pamela Arancibia, Johnny L. Bertolio, Joanne Granata, Giovanna Licata, Erika Papagni, and Matteo Ugolini (Florence: Franco Cesati, 2016), pp. 143-159
  • ‘“Sonoros cantat amores”. Un’analisi dei carmina in metro saffico di Cristoforo Landino’, Humanistica Lovaniensia, 64 (2015), 43-73
  • 'Presenze oraziane nelle Rime di Celio Magno' in 'Canzonieri in Transito', ed. by Alessandro Metlica and Franco Tomasi (Milan: Mimesis, 2015), pp. 59-76
  • '«Benché ’l sol decline vince un sol raggio suo tutte le stelle». La parabola amorosa nelle Rime di Celio Magno'. Italique,17 (2014), 105-40
  • 'Alcune osservazioni su Il libro del Cortegiano di Baldassarre Castiglione nel sistema del dialogo rinascimentale' in 'Prima e dopo il Leviatano', ed. by Merio Scattola and Paolo Scotton (Padua: Cleup, 2014), pp. 57-72

 

Encyclopedia Entries

  • 'Zane, Jacopo’, in Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani (Rome: Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani), Vol. 100 (2020)
  • Venier, Domenico’, in Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani (Rome: Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani), Vol. 98 (2020)
  • ‘Horace in the Renaissance’, in Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy, ed. by M. Sgarbi (Cham: Springer), First Online: 06 September 2019

 



 

Select Book Reviews

  • Review of Maiko Favaro, Ambiguità del petrarchismo. Un percorso fra trattati d’amore, lettere e templi di rime (Milan: FrancoAngeli, 2021), in: La Rassegna della Letteratura Italiana, 126.1 (Jan-Jun 2022), 157-158  
  • Review of “Non omnis moriar.” La ricezione di Orazio nella letteratura in latino dal XV al XVII secolo (Deutschland – France – Italia), a cura di Marc Laureys, Nathalie Dauvois e Donatella Coppini (Hildesheim-Zurigo-New York: OLMS, 2020), in: La Rassegna della Letteratura Italiana, 125.2 (Jul-Dec 2021), 504-506  
  • Review of Poeti latini del Cinquecento, ed. by Giovanni Parenti. Introduzione ed edizione a cura di Massimo Danzi (Pisa-Florence: Edizioni della Normale-istituto Nazionale di studi sul rinascimento, 2020), in: La Rassegna della Letteratura Italiana, 125.2 (Jul-Dec 2021), 482-484  
  • Review of Self-Commentary in Early Modern European Literature, 1400-1700, ed. by Francesco Venturi (Leiden: Brill, 2019), in: The Sixteenth Century Journal, 52.3 (Fall 2021), 729-731  
  • Review of Itinéraires du livre italien à la Renaissance: Suisse romande, anciens Pays-Bas et Liège, ed. by Renaud Adam and Chiara Lastraioli (Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2019), in: Renaissance Quarterly, 74.2 (Summer 2021), 692-693  
  • Review of Maddalena Signorini, Sulle tracce di Petrarca: storia e significato di una prassi scrittoria (Florence: Olschki, 2019), in: Modern Language Review, 116.2 (Apr 2021), 377-378
  • Review of Gabriele Simeoni (1509-1570?). Un Florentin en France entre princes et libraires, ed. by Silvia D’Amico and Catherine Magnien-Simonin (Geneva: Droz, 2016), in: La Rassegna della Letteratura Italiana, 123.2 (Jul-Dec 2019), 456-458
  • Review of Antonio Iurilli, Quinto Orazio Flacco: Annali delle edizioni a stampa (secoli XV–XVIII) (Geneva: Droz, 2017) in: Renaissance Quarterly, 72.1 (Spring 2019), 244-246
  • Review of Francesco Lucioli, Jacopo Sadoleto umanista e poeta (Rome: Roma nel Rinascimento, 2014), in: La Rassegna della Letteratura Italiana, 119.2 (Jul-Dec 2015), 477-479
  • Review of Eugenio Refini, Per via d’annotationi. Le glosse inedite di Alessandro Piccolomini all’Ars Poetica di Orazio (Lucca: Pacini Fazzi, 2009), in Critica Letteraria, 163.2 (2014), 433-436
  • Review of Francesco Lucioli, Amore punito e disarmato. Parola e immagine da Petrarca all’Arcadia (Rome: Sapienza Università Editrice, 2013), in: La Rassegna della letteratura italiana, 118.2 (Jul-Dec 2014), 591-593
  • Review of Renaissance Encounters: Greek East and Latin West, ed. by Marina S. Brownlee and Dimitri H. Gondicas (Leiden: Brill, 2013), in: Giornale Critico della Filosofia Italiana, 93.2 (2014), 454-455



 

Awards

  • Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies in Innsbruck 

    Three-month Visiting Research Fellowship (September-November 2020) - link

  • International Association for Neo-Latin Studies

    Travel Grant to take part as a speaker to the 17th International Congress of the International Association for Neo-Latin Studies (IANLS),Albacete, (29 July-3 August 2018)

  • Humanities Research Centre - University of Warwick (UK)

    Travel Research Grant to study early modern manuscripts at the Bibliothèque National de France in Paris and the Fondation Barbier-Mueller in Geneva (6-13 June 2017) 

  • Dahlem Humanities Center – Freie University, Berlin (Germany)

    Three-month Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (September-December 2016)
  • Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, University of York (UK)

    Travel Grant to take part as a speaker to the Conference 'Epistolary Cultures: Letters and Letter-Writing in Early Modern Europe', University of York (18-19 March 2016)
  • Renaissance Society of America (US)

    RSA Travel Grant to take part as a speaker to the Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, Boston (31 March-2 April 2016)
  • ‘Alumni della Scuola Galileiana’ Association, Padua (IT)

    Grant for the organization of the conference ‘Aldo Manuzio umanista, editore e filologo’ (‘Aldus Manutius Humanist, Printer, and Philologist’), University of Padua (15 December 2015)
  • Humanities Research Fund, University of Warwick (UK)

    Travel Grant to attend as a speaker the Conference ‘Building the Canon: Italian Renaissance and the Creation of a Literary Tradition’ at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA (5-6 December 2015)
  • Humanities Research Fund, University of Warwick (UK)

    Travel Grant to take part as a speaker to the Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting in Berlin (26-28 March 2015)
  • Fondation Hardt, Genève (Switzerland) - Bourse de Recherche

    Three-week research grant to study and live at the Hardt Foundation (September 2014)
  • Humanities Research Centre, University of Warwick (UK) - Transatlantic Fellowship

    Three-week research grant to present a paper at the Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference (New York) and study early modern manuscripts at the Columbia University Library (New York) and Houghton Library, Harvard (Boston) (March-April 2014)
  • Newberry Library, Chicago. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fund

    Two-week research grant to study early modern manuscripts and printed-editions at the Newberry Library (May 2013)
  • Winner (with M.Piperno and K.Willman) of the 2012 Postdoctoral Fellowship launched by Warwich Humanities Research Centre for the conference proposal ‘Italy made in England: Contemporary British Perspectives of Italian Culture’ (which took place on 22 February 2014)
  • Member of the SGSS School of Excellence (Scuola Galileiana di Studi Superiori, Padua) (October 2007 – June 2012)
  • Socrates-Erasmus exchange programme at the Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3 (Paris, France) (September 2010 – June 2011)

 

Teaching Certificate 

  • 'Postgraduate Award: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education'

    Learning Development Centre, University of Warwick (March 2014)

 

Conference Organization

  • ‘Dutch Brazil in Print and Poetry’, Rome, Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome–KNIR (28 November 2022) - co-organized with Matthijs Jonker (KNIR) and Gloria Moorman (Padua)
  • ‘Rethinking the Italian Renaissance: A Conference in Memory of Paola Tomè’, Oxford, University of Oxford (26 September 2019) - co-organized with Marta Celati (Warwick), Simon Gilson (Oxford), Stephen Harrison (Oxford), and Martin McLaughlin (Oxford)
  • ‘La codificazione degli affetti nell’epica italiana e neolatina del Cinquecento’ (‘Codyfing feelings in the sixteenth-century Italian and Neo-Latin Epic Literature’), Berlin, Freie University (8-9 December 2016) Programme - co-organized with Federico Di Santo, Bernhard Huss, Alice Spinelli, and Alexander Winkler
  • ‘Aldo Manuzio umanista, editore e filologo’ (‘Aldus Manutius Humanist, Printer, and Philologist’), Padua, University of Padua (15 December 2015) Programme
  • ‘Italy made in England. Contemporary British Perceptions on Italian Culture’, Coventry, University of Warwick (22 February 2014) - co-organized with Martina Piperno and Kate Willman

 

Professional Associations

  • Honorary Faculty Research Fellow at the Medieval and Modern Languages Faculty, University of Oxford (Sep. 2020 - Present)
  • Research Associate to Corpus Christi College, Oxford (Oct. 2018 – Sep. 2020)
  • Visiting Member of the Corpus Christi College Centre for the Study of Greek and Roman Antiquity, Oxford (Oct. 2018 – Sep. 2020)
  • Honorary Research Fellow of the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, University of Warwick (Jan. 2018 - Present)
  • Association 'Alumni of the Scuola Galileiana' 

     
  • Society for Italian Studies (SIS)
  • Associazione degli Italianisti (ADI)
  • Renaissance Society of America (RSA)
  • American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS)
  • Higher Education Academy (HEA)