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Dr Eugenio Refini

BA-MA Pisa, University of Pisa/Scuola Normale Superiore

PhD Pisa, Scuola Normale Superiore

Main Research Interests

- Drama, Rhetoric and Poetics in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe
- Latin and Vernacular Reception of Aristotelianism in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
- The Commentary Tradition and the Reception of the Classics
- Literature and Music in a Transhistorical Perspective
- Literature and Figurative Arts
- Literary Genres and their Development in a Comparative Perspective

Teaching (Department of Italian and CSR)

- Forms and Fashions in Italian Intellectual Culture
- Comparative Literature: Italian and English Short Fiction
- Renaissance Rivalries: Courts and Learning
- Topics in Renaissance Thought
- Translation and Communication Skills (MA in Translation, Writing and Cultural Difference')
- Italian Palaeography (Renaissance MA)
- Renaissance MA Core Module
- Community Teaching

Profile

I studied Italian and French in Pisa (Scuola Normale Superiore and University of Pisa, 2002-2007). I then took my PhD in Italian at the Scuola Normale Superiore (2010). I devoted my MA dissertation (“tesi di laurea”) – which appeared as a book – to an unpublished commentary on Horace's Art of Poetry by the humanist and philosopher Alessandro Piccolomini (1508-1579). My PhD project dealt instead with allegorical drama in Renaissance Italy (I focused on the works of the natural philosopher and writer Fabio Glissenti, based in Venice between the 1590s and 1615).

I was visiting student at the University of Geneva (2005-2006) and at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris (2005 and 2007-2008).

I am member of the “Gruppo di studio sul Cinquecento francese” (http://www.cinquecentofrancese.it/), the network “The History of Physiognomy” (http://physiognomy.history.qmul.ac.uk/) as well as the “Accademia Senese degli Intronati” (http://www.accademiaintronati.it/).

 

I am currently a research fellow at Villa I Tatti (The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, 2013-2014). As of October 2013 I am also Associate Fellow at the University of Warwick (Centre for the Study of the Renaissance), where I previously was a member of the AHRC project “Vernacular Aristotelianism in Renaissance Italy. 1400-1650” (2010-2013) (http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/ren/projects/vernaculararistotelianism).

 

Publications

Single-authored book/ monograph

(2009) Eugenio Refini, Per via d'annotationi: Le glosse inedite di Alessandro Piccolomini all'Ars Poetica di Orazio (Lucca: Pacini Fazzi). IBS
 

Edited books

(forthcoming) Aristotele fatto volgare: filosofia aristotelica e volgare nel Rinascimento, ed. by David A. Lines and Eugenio Refini (Pisa: ETS)

(2008) Alessandro Piccolomini, Discorso fatto in tempo di Repubblica, ed. by Eugenio Refini and Franco Tomasi (Siena: Accademia degli Intronati – Betti Editrice).

(2007) Per Michele Dell’Aquila: Studi su Ottocento e Novecento, ed. by Bruno Porcelli and Eugenio Refini (Pisa: Accademia Editoriale). 

Online Publications

(2012) Eugenio Refini, with the collaboration of Simon Gilson, Jill Kraye, and David A. Lines, Vernacular Aristotelianism in Renaissance Italy: A Database of Works

(http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/ren/projects/vernaculararistotelianism/database) 

Journal Articles

(2013) ‘Aristotile in parlare materno: Vernacular Readings of the Ethics in the Quattrocento’, I Tatti Studies, 16 (2013)

(2013) ‘Giuditta, Armida e il velo della seduzione’, Italian Studies, 68, 1 (2013), 78-98.

(2010) ‘«De bons et modernes esprits sénois»: Il modello teatrale senese nell'Epistre du traducteur di Charles Estienne (1543)’, Bullettino senese di storia patria, 117 (2010), 524-542.

(2009) ‘Leggere vedendo, vedere leggendo: Osservazioni su testo iconico e verbale nella struttura della Hypnerotomachia Poliphili’, Italianistica, 38, 2 (2009), 141-164. (PDF Document)

(2009) ‘«Profiter de quelque chose à ma république»: Poetica e politica nell’epistola De l’art de la tragédie di Jean de La Taille’, Studi francesi, 53, 2 (2009), 235-251. (PDF Document)

(2008) ‘Erbolato et Negromante: Les deux faces du charlatan chez l'Arioste’, Les Lettres Romanes, 62 (2008), 225-241 [special issue L'Arioste: discours des personnages, source et influences, ed. by G.P. Giudicetti]. (PDF Document)

(2008) ‘L'isola-balena tra Furioso e Cinque canti’, in Italianistica, 37, 3 (2008), 87-101 [special issue Ludovico Ariosto. Nuovi studi e ricerche in corso, ed. by A. Casadei]. (PDF Document)

(2008) ‘L’identificazione sconfessata: Lettura di Paolo e Virginia. I figli dell’infortunio di Guido Gozzano’, Italianistica, 37, 2 (2008), 89-103. (PDF Document)

(2007) ‘Le «gioconde favole» e il «numeroso concento»: Alessandro Piccolomini interprete e imitatore di Orazio nei Cento sonetti, 1549’, Italique, 10 (2007), 15-57. (PDF Document)

(2007) ‘Un frammento autografo dell’Ulisse di Giovan Battista della Porta’, Giornale storico della letteratura italiana, 184, 1 (2007), 43-70. (PDF Document)

(2006) ‘Prologhi figurati: Appunti sull’uso della prosopopea nel prologo teatrale del Cinquecento’, Italianistica, 35, 3 (2006), 61-86. (PDF Document)
 

Chapters in Books

(forthcoming) ‘Aristotelian Commentaries and the Dialogue Form’, in Philosophy and Knowledge in the Renaissance:
Interpreting Aristotle in the Vernacular, ed. by Luca Bianchi, Simon Gilson, and Jill Kraye (London: The Warburg Institute, 2014)

(forthcoming) ‘Quasi una tragedia delle attioni humane: le tragique entre allégorie et édification morale dans l’oeuvre de Fabio Glissenti’, in Idées et formes du tragique dans la société et la culture italienne, ed. by Patrizia De Capitani (Grenoble: Ellug, 2014)

(forthcoming) ‘Shifting Identities: Jacopo Campora’s De immortalitate anime from Manuscript to Print’, in Remembering the Middle Ages in Early Modern Italy, ed. by Lorenzo Pericolo and Jessica Richardson (Turnhout: Brepols, 2014)

(forthcoming) ‘Ludovico Ariosto’, in A Pocket Gadda Encyclopedia, ed. by Federica Pedriali and Alberto Godioli (Florence: Cesati, 2014)

(2013) ‘Alessandro Piccolomini” in Autografi dei letterati italiani. Il Cinquecento. Tomo II, ed. by Matteo Motolese, Paolo Procaccioli, and Emilio Russo (Rome: Salerno editrice, 2013), pp. 305-319

(2012) ‘Mirabilia Naturae tra scienza e poesia nel carme In Thermas Pythias tradotto e commentato da Claudio Ancantero (1585)’, in Le Salut par les Eaux et par les Herbes. Medicina e Letteratura tra Italia e Francia nel Cinquecento e nel Seicento, ed. by Rosanna Gorris Camos (Verona: Cierre Grafica, 2012), 51-71. (PDF Document)

(2012) ‘Longinus and Poetic Imagination in Late Renaissance Literary Theory’, in Translations of the Sublime: The Early Modern Reception of Longinus' Peri Hupsous in Rhetoric, the Visual Arts, Architecture and the Theatre, ed. by Caroline Van Eck, Sijn Bussels, Martin Delbeke and Jurgen Pieters (Leiden: Brill, 2012), 33-53. (PDF Document)

(2012) ‘Il commento ai classici nell’esperienza intellettuale di Alessandro Piccolomini’, in Alessandro Piccolomini (1508-1579), ed. by Marie-Françoise Piéjus and Matteo Residori (Paris: Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2012), 259-273. (PDF Document)

(2012) ‘«Con bel parlar»: Il fascino ambiguo di Giuditta figura eloquentiae tra Petrarca e Possevino’, in Le donne della Bibbia, la Bibbia delle donne. Teatro, letteratura e vita, ed. by Rosanna Gorris Camos (Fasano: Schena, 2012), 235-246. (PDF Document)

(2012) ‘«Come il Petrarca fa molte volte»: Esercizio critico ed esperienza lirica nella Lettura padovana di Alessandro Piccolomini (1541)’, in Il poeta e il suo pubblico: lettura e commento dei testi lirici nel Cinquecento, ed. by M. Danzi and R. Leporatti (Geneva: Droz, 2012), 311-327. (PDF Document)

(2008) ‘L'île qui bouge: Quelques remarques sur un lieu commun de la tradition chevaleresque à la Renaissance’, in Espaces chevaleresques et héroïques de Boiardo à Marino, ed. by Matteo Residori (Paris: Université Sorbonne Nouvelle), 113-154. (PDF Document)
 

Select Book Reviews

(2010) Il mecenatismo di Caterina de' Medici: Poesia, feste, musica, pittura, scultura, architettura, a cura di S. Frommel e G. Wolf (Venice: Marsilio, 2008), Italianistica, 39.3, 182-184.

(2010) Virginia Cox, Women's Writing in Italy. 1400-1650 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2008), Italianistica, 39.2: 174-178.

(2008) Alessandra Villa, Istruire e rappresentare Isabella d'Este. Il “Libro de natura de amore” di Mario Equicola (Lucca: Pacini Fazzi, 2006), Italianistica, 37.1: 167-170.

(2006) Pasquale Stoppelli, La Mandragola: storia e filologia. Con l’edizione critica del testo secondo il Laurenziano Redi 129 (Rome: Bulzoni, 2005), Italianistica, 35.3: 161-165.

(2006) Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472) tra scienze e lettere, a cura di Alberto Beniscelli e Francesco Furlan (Genova: Accademia Ligure di Scienze e Lettere 2005), Italianistica, 35.2: 131-136.

(2005) Paola Cosentino, Cercando Melpomene: Esperimenti tragici nella Firenze del primo Cinquecento (Manziana: Vecchiarelli, 2003), Italianistica, 34.2: 132-135.

(2005) Giovan Battista Della Porta, Teatro - Quarto tomo: Commedie (La Chiappinaria, La Furiosa, I Duo Fratelli simili, La Tabernaria), a cura di Raffaele Sirri (Naples: ESI, 2003), in Italianistica, 34.1: 113-116. 

Conference Papers

Shifting Identities from Manuscript to Print : the Case of Jacopo Campora's On the Immortality of the Soul’. Durham University, 2012 MEMSA Conference 'Transition and Transformation in Medieval and Early Modern Cultures' (5-6 July 2012).

Vernacular Readings of Aristotle in the Quattrocento: Lazzaro Gallineta's Commentary on the Pseudo-Aristotelian On Virtues and Vices’. Washington (DC), The Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference. Session entitled: ‘Vernacular Aristotelianism in the Renaissance’ (22-24 March 2012).

Found in Translation: Vernacular Readings of Aristotle and the Humanistic Turn’. Invited by the STVDIO Seminar – University of Warwick, Centre for the Study of the Renaissance (28 Feb. 2012).

Logic, Rhetoric and Poetics as rational faculties in Alessandro Piccolomini's map of knowledge’. Invited by EMPHASIS Seminar – Birkbeck, University of London (10 Dec. 2011).

No Empty Fiction Wrought by Magic Lore : Wonders of Nature, Irony and Disbelief in 16th-Century Italian Fiction Narratives’. Invited by the ‘Literature, Ideas & Society’ Seminar – The Warburg Institute, London (9 Dec. 2011).

Vernacular Readings of Aristotle in Renaissance Italy: A Comprehensive Survey of Manuscript and Printed Sources’. Fort Worth (TX), The Sixteenth-Century Society and Conference. Session entitled ‘Philosophy for the People? Vernacular Treatments of Aristotle in Sixteenth-Century Italy’ (27-30 Oct. 2011).

Vernacular Aristotelianism: Building a Database of Works (accompanied by a demonstration of the database project)’. University of St Andrews, The 2011 Society of Italian Studies Biennial Conference. Session entitled ‘Vernacular Aristotelianism in Renaissance Italy: Project and Database’ (6-9 July 2011).

Traduzione ed esegesi negli Hemiambia Dimetra Catalectica in Thermas Pythias del medico e letterato franco-belga Claudio Ancantero (1586)’ (‘Translation and Exegesis in Claudius Ancantherus’s 1586 Hemiambia Dimetra Catalectica in Thermas Pythias’). Invited by the Gruppo di Studio sul Cinquecento Francese – University of Verona. International Conference ‘Le salut par les eaux et par les herbes’ (11 May 2011).

Aristotele (in) volgare tra Umanesimo e Rinascimento’ (‘Vernacular Aristotle between Humanism and Renaissance’). New Brunswick, Rutgers University – 42nd NeMLA Annual Conference. Session entitled ‘Fra parola e immagine: (ri)scritture umanistiche’ (7-10 Apr. 2011).

Il commento ai classici nell'esperienza intellettuale di Alessandro Piccolomini (‘Commenting on the Classics in Alessandro Piccolomini's Intellectual Training’). Invited by the Centre Interuniversitaire de Recherche sur la Renaissance Italienne, Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3. International Conference ‘Alessandro Piccolomini’ (23-25 Sept. 2010).

Giuditta, Armida e l'impalpabile velo della seduzione (‘Judith, Armida and the Veil of Seduction’). Invited by Prof. Virginia Cox, New York University, Italian Department (15 Apr. 2010).

Le Adnotationes in Horatium di Alessandro Piccolomini: finalità e strategie di lettura’ (‘On Alessandro Piccolomini's Adnotationes in Horatium’). Montréal, McGill University – 41st NeMLA Annual Conference. Session entitled ‘Leggere e (ri) scrivere in epoca umanistica: esegesi e libertas dicendi’ (8-11 Apr. 2010).

«Con bel parlar». Il fascino ambiguo di Giuditta figura eloquentiae tra Petrarca e Possevino’ (‘Judith's ambiguous Appeal as figura eloquentiae between Petrarch and Possevino’). Invited by the Gruppo di Studio sul Cinquecento Francese – University of Verona. International Conference ‘Le donne della Bibbia, la Bibbia delle donne. Teatro, letteratura e vita’ (16-17 Oct. 2009).

Dante liberrimus vatum. La libertà stilistica della Commedia tra Orazio e le poetiche medievali (‘Divine Comedy's Stylistic Freedom, the Horatian Tradition and the Medieval Arts of Poetry’). Invited by the Department of Italian, New York University at Villa La Pietra, Florence. Graduate Studies Seminar ‘Dante and Medieval Culture’ (27 Apr. 2009).

The Notion of phantasìa in Longinus's On the Sublime and its Interpretations in Late Renaissance’. Invited by Prof. Caroline Van Eck, Wassenaar (Leiden), The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences. 2nd International Workshop ‘Prehistories of the Sublime’ (27-30 Nov. 2008).

Alessandro Piccolomini: un Intronato nell'Europa del '500’. Siena, Accademia degli Intronati. Invited by the Accademia degli Intronati, Siena (28 Oct. 2008).

«Come il Petrarca fa molte volte». Esercizio critico ed esperienza lirica nella Lettura padovana di Alessandro Piccolomini (1541) (‘Literary Criticism and Poetical Experience in the 1541 Lettura held in Padua by Alessandro Piccolomini’). Invited by Dr Massimo Danzi, University of Geneva and Barbier-Mueller Foundation. International conference ‘Il poeta e il suo pubblico: lettura e commento dei testi lirici nel Cinquecento’ (15-17 May 2008).

Renaissance readers of Longinus's On the Sublime, chapter XV on phantasìa’. Invited by Prof. Caroline Van Eck (Leiden), University of Gent. 1st International Workshop ‘Prehistories of the Sublime’ (18-19 Jan. 2008).

Entre physiognomonie et rhétorique: la construction du personnage dans le théâtre de Giovan Battista Della Porta’ (‘Between Physiognomy and Rhetoric: the construction of characters in Giovan Battista Della Porta’s dramatic works’). Invited by the Leverhulme International Network ‘History of Physiognomy’, Paris, École Normale Superieure. International Conference ‘Physiognomonie. Arts et sciences du visage. La physiognomonie à la Renaissance’ (13-15 Dec. 2007).

L'isola-balena tra Orlando Furioso e Cinque canti’ (‘The Whale-Island in Ariosto's Orlando furioso and Five Cantos’). Invited by Scuola Normale Superiore and University of Pisa. International Conference ‘Ludovico Ariosto. Nuovi studi e ricerche in corso’ (29 Nov. 2007).

La Hypnerotomachia Poliphili: una struttura romanzesca? (‘On the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili's Romanesque Structure’). Invited by the Associazione Normalisti, Pisa, Scuola Normale Superiore. International Conference ‘Il passato che ritorna. Suggestioni dalla storia nella narrativa contemporanea’ (6-7 Oct. 2006).

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