Professor Martin McLaughlinBack to People

Department: Medieval and Modern Languages
College appointment: Emeritus Fellow

Academic Background

I did my undergraduate studies at Glasgow University, graduating with an MA in classics in 1973 before going to Balliol College, Oxford, where I gained a BA in classics and Italian, followed by a D. Phil in Italian. My first academic job was as a lecturer in the Italian department at Edinburgh University (1977-90). I then moved Oxford to become University Lecturer in Italian and Student (ie Fellow) of Christ Church (1990-2001). I became the Agnelli-Serena Professor of Italian Studies in 2001, hence my move to Magdalen.  I retired and became an Emeritus Fellow in 2017.

Research Interests

Italian Renaissance Literature; Renaissance Humanism; Renaissance Literary Theory; Renaissance Biography; Alberti; Petrarch; Poliziano; Tasso; The Classical Legacy in Italian Literature; Translation in the Renaissance; Contemporary Italian Fiction; Italo Calvino; Andrea De Carlo; Translation Studies

Selected Publications

  • (translated) Italo Calvino, Letters. 1941-1985 (Princeton University Press, 2013)
  • (translated) Italo Calvino, Into the War (Penguin, 2011)
  • (co-edited) Dante in Oxford. The Paget Toynbee Lectures (Legenda, 2011)
  • (co-edited) Petrarch in Britain. Interpreters, Imitators and Translators over 700 Years (OUP, 2007)
  • (translated) Umberto Eco, On Literature (Secker & Warburg, 2005)
  • Italo Calvino (Edinburgh University Press, 1998)
  • Literary Imitation in the Italian Renaissance (OUP, 1995)
  • ‘Calvino, Eco e il canone della letteratura mondiale’, in Tra Eco e Calvino. Relazioni rizomatiche, ed. Rocco Capozzi (Milan: EncycloMedia, 2013), 41-67
  • ‘ “C’e’ un furto con scasso in ogni vera lettura”: Calvino’s thefts from Ariosto’, Parole Rubate / Purloined Letters, 7 (giugno, 2013), 139-63: http://www.parolerubate.unipr.it/
  • ‘Unité thématique et structurelle dans le De familia d’Alberti’, in ‘Les Livres de la famille’ d’Alberti. Sources, sens et influence, ed. Michel Paoli et al. (Paris: Garnier, 2013), 177-203
  • ‘Alberti’s Canis: Structure and sources in the portrait of the artist as a Renaissance dog’, Albertiana, 14 (2011), 55-83
  • ‘Alberti and the redirection of Renaissance Humanism’, Proceedings of the British Academy: 2009 Lectures, 167 (2010), 25-59
  • Leon Battista Alberti. La vita, l’umanesimo, le opere letterarie (Florence: Olschki, 2016)
  • (co-edited with Ingrid D. Rowland and Elisabetta Tarantino), Authority, Innovation and Early Modern Epistemology. Essays in Honour of Hilary Gatti (Oxford: Legenda, 2015)