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Dr Claudia Rossignoli, Lecturer

Dr Claudia RossignoliContact Information
Phone: 01334 463660
Office: Buchanan 207

Module surgery hours:
Tuesday 2-4 pm

Full research profile

Research and Teaching

My research interests centre on Renaissance literature and culture, with a particular focus on the legacy of Humanism, on philosophy and exegesis, on the debates on literary writing and the definition of linguistic and literary models. Working on linguistic and interpretative theories has led me toinvestigate the mediating function and creative use of translation in Renaissance culture, especially with reference to the dissemination of Reformation texts, approaches and ideas in sixteenth-century Italy. My current project is the critical edition of Lodovico Castelvetro’s commentary to Dante’s Inferno, complemented by a monograph on the use of dialectics in Italian Renaissance literary criticism.

My teaching in Italian directly reflects my research interests, including the early periods of Italian literature (especially Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio), and Renaissance literature and culture in all its genres and performative formats. My modules aim to explore the multiplicity and experimentalism of Renaissance literary production whilst emphasizing the forceful theoretical framework that informs Renaissance culture in all its creative manifestations. My expertise extends to modern authors, such as Foscolo, Leopardi, Verga and Pirandello, and I also contribute to the Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes in Comparative Literature and Mediaeval Studies.

With Robert Wilson, I organize the Lectura Dantis Andreapolitana, a lecture series that brings to St Andrews experts in Dante from all over the world to deliver public lectures on individual cantos of the Comedy.

I welcome enquiries from postgraduate students on all aspects of Mediaeval and Renaissance Italian literature and culture, especially relating to literary criticism and poetics, language and translation, interpretation and commentaries, heresy and religious dissent.

See also

Spotlight on Current Research: Claudia Rossignoli (Italian Dept) from University of St Andrews on Vimeo.

PhD Supervision

Letizia Vettor


Interpreting Dante:Essays on the Traditions of Dante Commentary
Rossignoli, C. (ed.) & Nasti, P. (ed.) 2013 Notre Dame (IN): University of Notre Dame Press. (The Devers Series in Dante and Medieval Italian Literature)
Research output: ResearchBook


Translating the Reformation: Valdés and the multilingualism of heterodoxy
Rossignoli, C. 2019 Traduire à la Renaissance/ Tradurre nel Rinascimento/Translating in the Renaissance. Paccagnella, I. & Fournel, J-L. (eds.). CLEUP
Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter (peer-reviewed)

Prediction, prophecy and predestination: eternalising poetry in the Commedia
Rossignoli, C. Dec 2016 Vertical Readings in Dante's Comedy. Corbett, G. & Webb, H. (eds.). Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, Vol. 2
Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter (peer-reviewed)

Castelvetro on Dante: Tradition, Innovation and Mockery in the Sposizione
Rossignoli, C. 2013 Interpreting Dante: Essays on the Traditions of Dante Commentary. Nasti, P. & Rossignoli, C. (eds.). Notre Dame (IN): University of Notre Dame Press, p. 359-388 30 p. (The William and Katherine Devers Series in Dante and Medieval Italian Literature; vol. 13)
Research output: ResearchChapter

'Dar materia di ragionamento': Strategie interpretative della Sposizione
Rossignoli, C. 2007 Lodovico Castelvetro: Filologia e ascesi. Gigliucci, R. (ed.). Bulzoni Editore, p. 91-113
Research output: ResearchChapter


‘Playing with God: Dante’s otherworlds in the digital age’
Rossignoli, C. 2019 In : Games and Culture.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

‘L’ufficio dello ’nterprete’: Castelvetro Translator of Melanchthon
Rossignoli, C. Nov 2013 In : Italian Studies. 68, 3, p. 317-339 23 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Una possibile fonte di Castelvetro: Le postille dell'incunabolo a.K.1.13 della Biblioteca Estense di Modena
Rossignoli, C. Jul 2003 In : Rivista di Studi Danteschi. 3, 2, p. 351-380
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle


J. Steinberg, 'Accounting for Dante: Urban Readers and Writers in Late Medieval Italy'
Rossignoli, C. 2008 In : Renaissance Quarterly. 61, p. 137-139 3 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review