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Dr Claudia Tardelli


My main areas of interest focus on:

  • Medieval Italian Literature
  • Dante
  • Dante Commentary & Exegesis
  • The Classical Tradition
  • The Commentary Tradition
  • Translation & Vernacularity
  • Neo-Latin Literature
  • Textual Criticism
  • History of the Italian Language
  • Linguistics
  • 19th-20thC. Italian Novel
  • Film Studies

I am a medievalist particularly interested in the reception of antiquity and the commentary practice in the Middle Ages, with a special focus on the traditions of Dante Commentary. I am currently revising my new critical edition of Francesco da Buti’s commentary (1385-96) on Dante’s Commedia for publication (Rome: Salerno Editrice). With Ambrogio Camozzi, I have recently concluded a monograph (Brepols, 2018) on the oldest ‘Florentine’ version of the life of Alexander the Great (c. 1350), witnessed by a lavishly illuminated manuscript now at the Jagiellonian Library, Kraków. I have also started to work on my next book-length project, ‘Dante and Late Medieval Pisa’, whose aim is to explore the vibrant and influential reception of Dante’s Commedia in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Pisa, especially in relation to the city’s longstanding political and cultural rivalry with Florence. In the field of Neo-Latin Studies, I am currently preparing the critical edition of XV Century anonymous Breve Compendium et utile super tota Dantis Allegherii Comedia.


  • Laurea Magistrale in Lettere Moderne (Pisa)
  • PhD in Italian Philology (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa)
  • PhD in Italian Studies (Cambridge)