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Dr Robert Wilson, Lecturer

Dr Robert WilsonContact Details
Phone: 01334 463645
Office: Buchanan 203

Module surgery hours:

Mondays 11-12
Wednesdays 10-11

Full research profile

Research and Teaching

My main research interest is in Dante, in particular the Commedia, and issues around the moral structure of the Inferno and  the composition of the poem. I am also interested in Italian detective fiction.

In 2009 I started the Lectura Dantis Andreapolitana in collaboration with Claudia Rossignoli. This is a very exciting and ambitious project which brings experts in Dante from all over the UK and abroad to St Andrews to deliver lectures on the Divine Comedy which are open to the public. So far we have completed the Inferno and Purgatorio, and have just begun the series of lectures on the Paradiso. The lectures are recorded on video, and are available on the LDA website. For more information visit:

I have taught undergraduate modules on Italian literature from the 13th, 14th, 16th, 19th and 20th centuries, as well as Translation Methodology, and supervised dissertations on a variety of topics ranging from Boccaccio to the mafia. I have taught on Italian texts in translation on Comparative Literature modules. I also teach on the Postgraduate programme of the St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies ( 


Prophecies and Prophecy in Dante's Commedia
Wilson, R. P. 2008 Leo S. Olschki Editore. 226 p. (Biblioteca dell' "Archivum Romanicum". Serie I: Storia, letteratura, paleografia; vol. 346)
Research output: Book/ReportBook


‘Would you Adam and Eve it?’
Wilson, R. P. Dec 2016 Vertical readings in Dante's Comedy. Corbett, G. & Webb, H. (eds.). Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, Vol. 2, p. 31-53 22 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Allegory as avoidance in Dante’s early commentators: ‘bella menzogna’ to ‘roza corteccia’
Wilson, R. P. 2013 Interpreting Dante: Essays on the Traditions of Dante Commentary. Nasti, P. & Rossignoli, C. (eds.). University of Notre Dame Press, p. 30-52 (The William and Katherine Devers Series in Dante and Medieval Italian Literature; vol. 13)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

'Quando Amor mi spira': Inspiration and Art in Purgatorio
Wilson, R. P. 2013 Nature and Art in Dante: Literary and Theological Essays. O'Connell, D. & Petrie, J. (eds.). Dublin: Four Courts Press, p. 51-76 26 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Narrative innovation in Loriano Macchiavelli's Sarti Antonio Stories
Wilson, R. P. Nov 2007 In : Romance Studies. 25, 4, p. 309-321
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

'Quandoque bonus dormitat Dantes'?: the treatment of Dante's errors in the "Trecento" commentaries
Wilson, R. P. 2007 In : Rassegna Europea di Letteratura Italiana. 29-30, p. 141-155
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Exile and Relegation in Dante and Ovid
Wilson, R. P. Jan 2002 In : Annali d'Italianistica. 20, p. 55-72
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Prophecy by the Dead in Dante and Lucan
Wilson, R. P. 1997 In : Italian Studies. 52, p. 16-37
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle