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Dante and medieval Italian “literature”

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  • Full or part time
    Dr Paolo De Ventura
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

With the understanding that “literature” should be taken in its broadest possible meaning, a project with Dr Paolo De Ventura will focus on the critical interpretation of medieval literary texts and the cultural environment in which they originated, including all forms of textuality across the genera and the “national” contexts. Authors such as Cavalcanti, Dante and Boccaccio, and general issues such as the notions of allegory, music, and performativity are some of the main areas that a project may investigate.

To contact Dr De Ventura to discuss your research plan, please email: [email protected]

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Funding Notes

The main source of funding for a PhD in this field is the AHRC Midlands 3 Cities Doctoral Training Partnerships (410 PhD studentships over a five year period):

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• De Ventura, Paolo, Dramma e dialogo nella ‘Commedia di Dante’, Liguori, 2007.
• De Ventura, Paolo, [critical edition of Maria Rossetti’s ’A Shadow of Dante’, 1871], Un’ombra di Dante, Carabba, 2011.

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FTE Category A staff submitted: 33.10

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