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Amelia Papworth

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College:

Fitzwilliam

Email:

ap651@cam.ac.uk

Supervisor:

Dr Abigail Brundin

About me:

I completed my BA in Modern and Medieval Languages (French and Italian) at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, in 2014, before studying for an MPhil in European Literature and Culture at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. My Masters course included work on paleography, early modern literature, especially lyric poetry, in France and Italy, and the history of the book. I developed a particular interest in early modern women’s writing across Europe, with a focus on Italy. I am currently working on a PhD thesis on the poetry of Laura Terracina (1519-c.1577).

My research:

My PhD is focused on the poetry of Laura Terracina (1519-c.1577), a Neapolitan lyric poet and the best-selling female author of the sixteenth century in Italy. The author of eight volumes, leaving a ninth in manuscript at the time of her death, Terracina was a prolific author of encomiastic, amorous and spiritual verse in a broad range of styles. Her position as a woman, impoverished noble, and supporter of the Spanish rule in Naples, as well as her friendships with leading literary poligrafi, all influence her work in exciting and unexpected ways.

Best known for her reworking of Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso, the Discorso sui primi canti d’Orlando Furioso…, Terracina exemplifies many of the tensions and contradictions around women writing in the period. Although she has been critically undervalued until now, study of her work has much to offer to the burgeoning field of women’s writing in early modern Italy.

Other activities:

President of Fitzwilliam College MCR

Convener of ‘Writing Women in History’ reading group