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Department of Italian


Current PhD Students

Name College Research Topic Supervisor
Luigi Andriani Homerton The morpho-syntax of Barese Prof Adam Ledgeway
Daniele Pio Buenza Fitzwilliam Fabrizio De André and Postmodern Impegno Dr Pierpaolo Antonello
Valentina Colasanti St John's
Comparative morpho-syntax of the (Italo-)Romance varieties
Prof Adam Ledgeway
Sara Delmedico Clare Women and their legal status in nineteenth-century Italy Dr Helena Sanson
Manuela Di Franco Sidney Sussex American culture and the development of mass press in Fascist Italy Prof Robert Gordon
Kim Groothuis Christ's Finiteness in Romance Prof Adam Ledgeway
Nicolò Morelli Pembroke Animal imagery in Petrarch’s poetry and in that of his models Dr Heather Webb
Amelia Papworth Fitzwilliam The lyric poetry of Laura Terracina Dr Abigail Brundin
Ryan Pepin Pembroke Dante, Liturgy, Lyric, and Performance Dr Heather Webb
Helena Phillips-Robins Gonville and Caius Song in Dante's Commedia Dr Heather Webb
Elena Pinnen Pembroke Medicine and psychoanalysis in the work of Valerio Magrelli Dr Pierpaolo Antonello
Katherine Powlesland Pembroke Dante's "Commedia": towards Interactivity in 'Paradiso', with particular reference to Dante with digital narrative theory Dr Heather Webb
Eleonora Serra Pembroke Linguistic prestige in early modern Italy Dr Helena Sanson
Maria Olimpia Squillaci Trinity Greek and Romance language contact in Southern Italy Prof Adam Ledgeway
Katherine Tycz St Catharine's The Use of Text in Early Modern Italian Domestic Devotions Dr Abigail Brundin


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Latest News

Cambridge Italian Dialect Syntax-Morphology Meeting

3 July 2017

We are happy to announce that the 12th Cambridge Italian Dialect Syntax-Morphology Meeting (CIDSM) will take place in the Department of Italian of the University of Cambridge on Monday 3rd July - Wednesday 5th July 2017

Cambridge Workshop on Voice

22 May 2017

The Cambridge Workshop on Voice will take place on May 22-24 in Cambridge, UK. It will be hosted by the Italian Department, University of Cambridge, and funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie project Aromanian Syntax (AROSYN), awarded to Dr. Marios Mavrogiorgos (researcher) in collaboration with Professor Adam Ledgeway (PI). The theme of the workshop is voice and voice-related phenomena, and how these inform current theoretical, typological and/or experimental work.

Antony and Cleopatra and Cavafy

28 February 2017

Upcoming Greek Event This presentation examines C. P. Cavafy's interest in Shakespeare (which perhaps dates from Cavafy's early teenage years in England) and focusses on the Alexandrian Greek poet's adaptations, in several poems, of elements of Shakespeare's Alexandrian play, Antony and Cleopatra.