Professor S A Gilson

Agnelli-Serena Professor of Italian; Fellow of

Academic Background

Simon Gilson studied Italian and French at Leeds University and took his PhD in Italian Literature at Cambridge University. He was lecturer in Italian at Leeds University (1998-99), and at Warwick University was Professor of Italian (2010-17) where he served as Chair of Italian (2006-09), Chair of the Sub-Faculty of Modern Languages (2012-14) and Chair of the Arts Faculty (2015-17). He has also taught at the Universities of Birmingham, Royal Holloway and at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan. He was the joint Senior Editor of the journal Italian Studies (2011-16) and has been an elected council member of the Dante Society of America, Harvard (2005-07). He is currently the General Editor of the monograph series ‘Italian Perspectives’ (Legenda, 2011-), a nominated honorary member of the Italian Dante Society in Florence (2008-), and is the Chair of the Society for Italian Studies.


Italian medieval and Renaissance literature and cultural history c. 1250-c.1600.


Simon Gilson’s research is focused on Dante, the reception of Dante, and Renaissance Italian literary, cultural and intellectual history. He has been involved in several collaborative funded research projects in the fields of medieval and Renaissance studies, and is currently leading an AHRC-funded collaborative project ‘Petrarch Commentary and Exegesis in Renaissance Italy, c. 1450-c.1650’.

His publications include:

Science and Literature in Italian Culture From Dante to Calvino (Oxford: Legenda, 2004)

Dante and Renaissance Florence (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005)

Beyond Catholicism: Heresy, Mysticism and Apocalypse in Italian Culture (New York: Palgrave, 2014)

Vernacular Aristotelianism in Italy from the Fourteenth to the Seventeenth Centuries (London: The Warburg Institute, 2017)

Reading Dante in Renaissance Italy: Florence, Venice and the ‘Divine Poet’ (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018)

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