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Subjects: Modern Languages (and Joint Honours)
Department: Medieval and Modern Languages
College appointment: Professorial Fellow
Academic position: Agnelli-Serena Professor of Italian Studies


Simon Gilson studied Italian and French at Leeds University and took his PhD in Italian Literature at Cambridge University. He was lecturer in Italian at Leeds University (1998-99), and was Professor of Italian (2010-17) at Warwick University, where he served as Chair of Italian (2006-09), Chair of the Sub-Faculty of Modern Languages (2012-14) and Chair of the Arts Faculty (2015-17). He has also taught at the Universities of Birmingham, Royal Holloway and at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan. He was the joint Senior Editor of the journal Italian Studies (2011-16) and has been an elected a council member of the Dante Society of America, Harvard (2005-07).


Simon Gilson teaches Italian literature and cultural history c. 1250-c.1600.


Gilson’s research is focused on Dante, the reception of Dante, and Renaissance Italian literary, cultural and intellectual history. He has been involved in several collaborative funded research projects in the fields of medieval and Renaissance studies, and is currently leading an AHRC-funded collaborative project ‘Petrarch Commentary and Exegesis in Renaissance Italy, c. 1450-c.1650’. He is currently the General Editor of the monograph series ‘Italian Perspectives’ (Legenda, 2011-), a nominated honorary member of the Italian Dante Society in Florence (2008-), and is the Chair of the Society for Italian Studies (2017-).


Selected publications

  • (ed. with Pierpaolo Antonello) Science and Literature in Italian Culture From Dante to Calvino (Oxford: Legenda, 2004)
  • Dante and Renaissance Florence (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005)
  • (ed. with Fabrizio De Donno) Beyond Catholicism: Heresy, Mysticism and Apocalypse in Italian Culture (New York: Palgrave, 2014)
  • (ed. with Jill Kraye and Luca Bianchi) Vernacular Aristotelianism in Italy from the Fourteenth to the Seventeenth Centuries (London: The Warburg Institute, 2017)
  • Reading Dante in Renaissance Italy: Florence, Venice and the ‘Divine Poet’ (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018)