Department of Italian

Modern & Medieval Languages

Department of Italian

Staff profile - Dr Abigail Brundin Dr Abigail Brundin    

Dr Abigail Brundin

St Catharine's College

Reader in Early Modern Literature and Culture
Department of Italian

Postal Address:
St Catherine's College
Trumpington Street

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Abigail Brundin has been a lecturer in the Department of Italian since 2002, and a Fellow of St Catharine’s College since 2000.

Dr Brundin is one of the three Principal Investigators of the groundbreaking interdisciplinary project Domestic Devotions: The Place of Piety in the Italian Renaissance Home, 1400-1600.

Research Interests

Abigail Brundin specialises in the literature and culture of Italy in the renaissance and early modern periods. She has published on women writers in the first age of print, on literature and religious reform, including censorship and the first Indexes of Prohibited Books, and on poetry in and around convents. Recent projects include a collaboration with the National Trust to examine Italian books in English great house libraries (see, and a collaborative investigation into the forms and function of religious devotion in the home (see

Teaching Interests

Dr Brundin teaches across a range of papers for the Department of Italian, in all years of the degree course. Her teaching is interdisciplinary, involving the study of literature, visual arts, history, political theory and religion.

She offers a course on Italian Women Writers for the Faculty’s MPhil, as well as contributing to both interdisciplinary renaissance modules.

Dr Brundin supervises doctoral research on many aspects of renaissance and early modern culture. Prospective doctoral students are encouraged to get in touch by email with a provisional research proposal.

Recent Publications