Dr David A. Lines
Head of Department
Teaching and research interests
All aspects of European thought and learning from around 1250 to around 1750. I have particular expertise in the following:
- The classical tradition (Aristotelianism and ancient thought more generally) in Renaissance Europe: interactions of Greek, Latin, and the vernacular
- Renaissance intellectual history, especially ethics, politics, and science and their configuration in humanism and scholasticism
- Institutions of culture and learning (particularly universities), with special focus on Bologna and Italy
- Libraries and history of the book (particularly the library of Ulisse Aldrovandi)
BA (Bryan College, 1987), MA (English, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1991), AM, PhD (History, Harvard University, 1997)
After studying Latin and Greek at the Liceo Classico in Italy, I did all of my university studies in the United States: I read History, English, and classical Greek for my BA, focused on English and American literature for the MA, and then proceeded on a scholarship to Harvard, where I obtained my PhD in History under the direction of James Hankins. Among my awards while a PhD student were a William J. Fulbright fellowship, a Frances A. Yates short-term fellowship at the Warburg Institute, and the Ezio Franceschini fellowship for medieval literature and philology at the Certosa del Galluzzo in Florence. After various postdoctoral fellowships in the Netherlands and Germany (including an Alexander von Humboldt research fellowship and a DFG postdoctoral fellowship, both spent at the Seminar für Geistesgeschichte und Philosophie der Renaissance in Munich) I was Assistant Professor of History at the University of Miami, Florida (2002-2006). I joined the Italian Department at the University of Warwick in Autumn 2006 after spending a year as Deborah Loeb Brice Fellow at Villa I Tatti (The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence). I became Associate Professor in 2009 and Reader in 2013. I serve on the Peer Review Panel of the AHRC and on the boards of the journal Mediaevalia et Humanistica and of two book series published by Brepols: Cursor Mundi and Studies in the Faculty of Arts: History and Influence (SFIHA).
My most recent book publication is Rethinking Virtue, Reforming Society: New Directions in Renaissance Ethics, c. 1350–c. 1650 (co-edited with Sabrina Ebbersmeyer; Brepols, 2013). Further details available here.
In addition to awards for personal research I am currently managing the following collaborative research project:
• a Leverhulme International Network (2012–15) on 'Renaissance Conflict and Rivalries: Cultural Polemics in Europe, c. 1300–c. 1650', involving Warwick, the Warburg Institute, the Universities of Bonn, Leuven, Venice, and Florence, and potentially other partners
Past research projects have included:
• leading an AHRC collaborative research award on 'Vernacular Aristotelianism in Renaissance Italy, c. 1400–c. 1650' (Oct. 2010–Dec. 2013)
• supervising a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship on Antonio Brucioli's Aristotelian writings by Dr Eva Del Soldato (2012–13).
PhD students currently supervised
Greg Wells, ‘John Hall’s Little Book of Cures (ca. 1630–1635): A Critical Edition’ (project in the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance; co-supervised with Claudia Stein, History).
Gabriella Addivinola, ‘The Apophatic Tradition in Alan of Lille and Dante: Logic, Theology and Poetry from the Twelfth to the Fourteenth Centuries’ (co-supervised with Simon Gilson, Italian; completed in February 2014).
Sara Miglietti, ‘Mastering the Climate: Theories of Climatic Influence in the Early Colonial Age’ (project in the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance; co-supervised with Ingrid De Smet, French Studies).
Rocco Di Dio, 'Marsilio Ficino's Notebooks' (project in the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance; co-supervised with Maude Vanhaelen, Italian/Classics).
Giacomo Comiati, on the influence of Horace in sixteenth-century Italian poetry (co-supervised with Simon Gilson, Italian).
Leila Zammar, ‘Seventeenth-Century Performances at the Barberini Palace and in the Lost Barberini Theatre, Rome’ (project in the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance; co-supervised with Margaret Shewring, Theatre Studies).
Martina Piperno, on Leopardi's classicism and contacts with the thought of Giambattista Vico (co-supervised with Fabio Camilletti, Italian).
Tel: 024 76 523 250