"Greek Studies in 15th Century Europe" is a Marie Curie individual research project held by Dr. Paola Tomè and financed by the European Union at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages in Oxford.
Rabelais remains the Renaissance poet of the belly. Pregnancies and births, urination and excretion punctuate the adventures of his giants Gargantua and Pantagruel. His style fits those themes. According to settled views among critics, the Rabelaisian belly and its related style signal either the comic crowning of our lower regions in the upside-down world of carnivalesque fiction, or humanist satire wielded against diseased body-politics: old universities, the Church.
Mobility of Ideas and Transmission of Texts studies the medieval transmission of learning from the ecclesiastical and academic elites to the wider readership that could be reached through the vernacular.
The rise of nationalism is one of the most prominent and worrying phenomena in modern Russian culture, impacting on diplomatic and trade relations, attitudes to foreigners and migrants, on education, and on cultural politics.
A period of leave spent as Visiting Fellow at the Fondazione Cini (Venice) in 2013 suggested to me that there was an excellent opportunity for Oxford Humanities to collaborate with the Cini.
This is an international research and translation project devoted to extending and developing the corpus of Brecht's works in English. It incorporates a major AHRC-funded project, 'Brecht into English', which runs from 2013-2018.
Centres and Collaborations
The Besterman Centre for the Enlightenment is a new and fast-expanding research centre with an annual programme of lectures, seminars and conferences on every aspect of the Enlightenment and the Eighteenth Century - from debates about tolerance and freedo