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I completed my Undergraduate degree in Literature, Music and Performing Arts and my Master degree in Modern Philology at La Sapienza University in Rome, where I had the opportunity to work under the supervision of Prof. Luca Serianni. In parallel with standard university courses, I have been attending for five years the Sapienza School for Advanced Studies, a school which intends to provide the best students with highly specialized and interdisciplinary educational programmes and activities. During my first year of Master degree I spent two months at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris conducting research on French 17th century comedy. My research focuses on theatrical literature as subject of linguistic analysis. I have been examining the character of the Pedant in 16th century Italian comedy, creating a lexicon of his language, the pedantesco, and the plurilingualist features of 17th century Roman commedia Ridicolosa.  

Other academic interests

History of Italian Language and Questione della lingua 

16th and 17th century European theatrical literature

Translatability of Italian dialects


Key publications: 

‘New perspectives on Giovan Battista Andreini's dramaturgy’ - Italian Graduate Conference, Cambridge, 2018.

Department: Italian
Supervisor: Helena Sanson
College: Clare College
AHRC subject area: Italian Studies
Title of thesis: New Perspectives on Giovan Battista Andreini's (1576-1654) dramaturgy.
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