Dr Stefano Jossa

Personal profile

Dr Stefano Jossa is Reader in Italian. He specialises in the Italian Renaissance and the Italian national identity expressed through literature. He held Visiting Professorships at the Polytechnic (ETH) of Zurich (Switzerland - De Sanctis Chair, 2017), the University of Parma (Italy, 2017) and the University of Roma Tre (Italy, 2018). He joined Royal Holloway University of London in 2007 as Lecturer (2007-2011), becoming Senior Lecturer in 2011 and Reader in 2014. He graduated at the University of Naples (Italy) in 1988 and gained his PhD at the University of Pisa (Italy) in 1993. He was awarded a Fellowship at Villa I Tatti - The Harvard University Centre for Italian Renaissance Studies in 2001-02 and at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbuettel (Germany) in 2006. He has given invited lectures at various Universities worldwide (UK: Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Reading, Leeds, Warwick, Exeter, Sussex; Italy: Rome La Sapienza, Florence, Palermo, Perugia, Roma Tre, Siena, Urbino, Venice, Verona; Switzerland: Lausanne; France: Paris 3; Germany: Berlin; Belgium: Liège, as well as at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy, and Cornell University in the US). He has participated in conferences in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, York, London, Rome, Florence, Turin, Naples, Palermo, Venice, Trento, Madrid, Coimbra, Bonn, Utrecht, Copenaghen, and Zurich. He has contributed with articles and reviews to the main refereed journals in the field of Italian Studies, including "Italian Studies", "The Italianist", "Modern Language Quarterly", "Modern Language Review", "Giornale Storico della Letteratura Italiana", "Lettere Italiane", "Intersezioni", "Filologia e Critica", "Italianistica", "Studi e Problemi di Critica Testuale", "La Rassegna della Letteratura Italiana", "Esperienze Letterarie", "Schifanoia", "Allegoria", "Critica letteraria", and "Storica". He is a regular contributor the the cultural pages of the Italian daily newspaper "il manifesto" with reviews of art exhibitions in London. His public engagement spans from participations in radio and newspapers interviews  to iterary festivals, including the Festival della Letteratura di Mantova (Italy) and the Festival of Italian Literature in London (FILL).

 

Gastprofessur in Zurich

Course in Zurich

Festival of italian Literature in London

 

 

 

 

Research

Dr Jossa is the author of Un paese senza eroi. L'Italia da Jacopo Ortis a Montalbano (Rome: Laterza, 2013), a historical reconstruction of the cultural contribution of literary characters to national iconography. His research develops along two main threads: the Italian Renaissance and the Italian national identity expressed through literature. In the former field, his book Ariosto (Bologna: il Mulino, 2009) stands as a reference-point for Ariosto studies. In the latter, he is the author of L'Italia letteraria (Bologna: il Mulino, 2006), a broad exploration of the contibution of Italian literature to the Italian national identity, which had a significant impact on Italian public discourse and political debate. He has co-authored and co-edited (with Yolanda Plumley and Giuliano Di Bacco) the volume Citation, Intertextuality and Memory in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (Exeter 2011); (with Claudia Boscolo) Scritture di resistenza. Sguardi politici dalla narrativa italiana contemporanea (Rome: Carocci, 2014), a discussion of contemporary Italian writers' political engagement; (with Giuliana Pieri) Chivalry, Academy, and Cultural Dialogues : The Italian Contribution to European Modernity (Cambridge: Legenda, 2016), a Festschrift in honour of their retired colleague Prof. Jane E. Everson.  He has also edited, co-authored and co-edited various special issues of academic journals: two special issues on European Petrarchism of the journal Italique, volumes 14 and 15 (Geneva 2011 and 2012), and (together with Ambra Moroncini) the special issue on Comedy, Parody and the Plurality of Discourses in Renaissance Italy of the journal Renaissance & Reformation (Toronto 2017). To the historical and philological approaches of his Italian background he has added more recent interests in cultural, reception and visual studies. He is also interested in gender issues (an interest that has led to the articles on the myth of the Amazons and on the word "matria" in Italian cultural debate). He has co-organised (together with Jane E. Everson and Andrew Hiscock) the British Academy conference Ariosto, the Orlando Furioso and English Culture, 1516-2016, and is currently editing the relevant Acts.

 

Un Paese Senza Eroi

Ariosto

L'Italia letteraria

British Academy Conference: Ariosto, the Orlando Furioso and English Culture, 1516-2016

Projects

Dr Jossa's research on the Italian Renaissance is ongoing, with particular regard to the epic-chivalric, genre, and the relationships between literature and religion, focusing on the cases of Ariosto and Castelvetro. His research on the Italian national identity focuses on the aesthetical and political debate in 20th-century Italy. He has just co-edited (together with Giuliana Pieri) a collection of essays on Chivalry, Academy ad Cultural Dialogues (Cambridge: Legenda, 2016) and is currently editing (together with Jane E. Everson and Andrew Hiscock) the proceedings of the conference Ariosto, the Orlando Furioso and English Culture, 1516-2016 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming in the series of the Proceedings of the British Academy).

 

Teaching

Dr Jossa's undergraduate and postgraduate teaching focuses on the close reading of some of the major Italian classics, which are among the landmarks of Western Literature: Dante's Vita Nuova and Divine Comedy, Petrarch's Canzoniere, Boccaccio's Decameron, Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, Foscolo's Last Letters of Jacopo Ortis, Collodi's Pinocchio, Calvino's The Path to the Spiders' Nests, and Tomasi di Lampedusa's The Leopard.

 

Doctoral Supervision

Dr Jossa welcomes PhD researches on the Italian Renaissance, especially the epic-chivalric poem, and the relationships between literature and religion at the time, as well as on Italian national identity, icons, and symbols expressed through literature. Further focus on Risorgimento, contemporary reception of Italian classics and relationships between fiction and history would also be welcome. He is currently supervising Dott. Ambra Anelotti's dissertation on the reception of Ariosto in Counter-Reformation Naples, Dott. Chiara Bechis's dissertation on Tasso and Dante, and Dott. Marina Gobbi's dissertation on Filippo Sassetti reader of Dante and traveller to India. Examples of previous supervisions: Dr Serena Alessi on the myth of Penelope in Italian literature: From Silence to Voice: Penelope's Feminist Odyssey in Italian Literature (PhD 2015) and Dr Sebastiano Arena on Federico De Roberto and Catania: The Birth of A Modern City : De Roberto's 'Passages' of Catania (PhD 2016).

 

 

   

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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