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Dr Rhiannon Daniels

Dr Rhiannon Daniels

Dr Rhiannon Daniels
BA(Leeds), PhD(Leeds)

Senior Lecturer in Italian

Area of research

The reception of Boccaccio

Office Room G112, 21 Woodland Road
19 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1TE
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+44 (0) 117 928 7588


My current project on 'The Renaissance Decameron' is funded by the AHRC Leadership Fellows scheme. I am completing a monograph which will be the first comprehensive study of the printed tradition of Boccaccio's major work in the 16th century, shedding new light on the mechanisms by which the Decameron achieved its current position in the canon of world literature, and enriching our understanding of early print culture and Renaissance reading publics. During the project I will create an online digital resource for the material study of Boccaccio and the forms of the early modern printed book.

My principal research interests are in medieval and Renaissance culture, reception studies, and the history of the book. I am particularly interested in the sociology of the text: finding ways of using the material form of manuscripts and printed books to (re)construct histories of reading and book production techniques. My first monograph, Boccaccio and the Book: Production and Reading in Italy 1340-1520, pioneered the application of the study of the physical form and presentation of books to Boccaccio studies.

I am co-editor of the Cambridge Companion to Boccaccio.

During Boccaccio's 700th anniversary year in 2013 I organized the major UK events, together with Dr Guyda Armstrong and Professor Stephen Milner at the University of Manchester. These included an artists' books project which was exhibited in Bristol (Dec. 13-Jan. 14), an international conference in Manchester Town Hall (July 2013), and exhibition at the John Rylands Library (July-Dec. 2013).

I am on the editorial board of Italian Studies.


I studied German and Italian for my first degree (BA Hons 1997) and went on to complete an MA in Medieval Studies (1999) at the University of Leeds. My doctoral thesis was a study of the reception of a selection of Boccaccio's Italian and Latin works in the 14th and 15th centuries (Leeds 2004). In 2003-04 I was a Lecturer in Italian at the University of Birmingham before returning to Leeds as a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow (2004-2011). I was a Lecturer in Italian at Leeds (2011-12) before arriving in Bristol in 2012.


I have taught across the curriculum, including Italian language classes, medieval, Renaissance, and modern literature and film.


In Bristol I convene the following units:

Reading Renaissance Culture (Year 1)

Boccaccio and the Italian novella (Year 2)

The Invention of the Renaissance Woman (Year 2)

The Renaissance Book (Year 4)


I also contribute to these units:

Translation Italian-English (Year 4)

Ancients and Moderns: Cultures of Humanism in Renaissance Europe (Year 4) 


  • Boccaccio
  • material culture
  • reception
  • readers and reading
  • medieval and Renaissance literature



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