Italian at Bristol has an international reputation for world-leading research in cultural studies, spanning the Middle Ages to the present day. We are a vibrant and innovative interdisciplinary research community of academic staff, postgraduates, and postdoctoral fellows.

Research areas

  • Dante and early lyric poetry: modern literary appropriations of Dante.
  • History of radical psychiatry: memory studies; the history and culture of sport; Milan since the war; political deportation.
  • Theories of inter-cultural contact: the representation of colonialism and post-colonial legacies; travel writing in interwar Italian culture; the representation of Islam and the Islamic world in contemporary Italian society and culture.
  • Italian popular cinema: stars and performance; the reception of Italian film in post-war culture; aesthetic exchange between Hollywood and Europe; masculinity studies.
  • Late twentieth-century Italian culture: representations of Italy’s experience of political violence and terrorism in the anni di piombo; postmodernism and the Italian novel; women and violence.
  • Medieval and Renaissance Italian literature and culture: the reception of Boccaccio; manuscript and print culture; histories of reading; artists’ books, gender and culture in fifteenth-century Florence.
  • Naples in the cultural imaginary
  • Syntax of the dialects of Italy: both early and modern; the current sociolinguistic situation in Italy; the question of minority languages.
  • Translation studies


Italian in Bristol is the home of major externally-funded research projects, including:

Associated centres

Darius Barik, Year Abroad student 2012-13."Peering from Italy's Shadows" Bologna, Italy.

Research in the faculty

Our research forms part of the overall research actis and strategies of the Faculty of Arts.

Research events

We run a regular research seminar series and are frequently involved with one-off research events.

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