Summary: Fellow in Italian Studies, Pembroke College
Employment: Keith Sykes Research Fellow : Pembroke College
Part of my family is originally from Odessa but as the oldest of four siblings, I grew up between Milan and Lake Como, in Italy. During my university education I was taught the historicist approach of the “scuola storica” and began to consider Dante’s masterpiece in relationship to its cultural background and for its literary all-inclusiveness. In 2004 I co-founded ‘Esperimenti Danteschi’, an international course in Dante studies that saw its seventh gathering in spring 2011. Throughout my research in Milan, Paris and London I have been investigating the sources of the Commedia and now, in Cambridge, as the Keith Sykes Research Fellow in Italian Studies at Pembroke College, I intend to focus on the relationship between the poet and the classical and medieval theory of satire. How did Dante manage to put in Hell most of the Popes, the kings and rulers of his generations, parodying the contents of Christianity, and get away with it? He did innovate and codify anew the language of satire in the West. In my research I aim also to investigate connections between the Abrahamitic religions and make a contribution to our understanding of the relationship between Western and Eastern Mediterranean cultures.