Dr Daragh O’Connell – Director

Formerly the Head of Research in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures and Director of CASiLaC (Centre for Advanced Studies in Languages and Cultures), he researches across three distinct areas: Dante Studies, Vico and Eighteenth-century Neapolitan Culture, and Modern and Contemporary Sicilian Literary Culture.
He is currently working on a project tentatively titled: Courting Dante: Love and Politics in the ‘Divine Comedy’ which seeks to revisit Dante’s radical conception of the medieval court, both as a locus for articulations of love and as a site for political positioning.
He has co-edited three volumes on Dante: Nature and Nature in Dante: Literary and Theological Essays, with Jennifer Petrie (Dublin: Four Courts, 2013); War and Peace in Dante: Essays Literary, Historical and Theological (Dublin: Four Courts, 2015) and Dante and the Seven Deadly Sins, both with John C. Barnes (Dublin: Four Courts, 2017).

Other Dante-related publications include:

1) O’Connell, Daragh (with Beatrice Sica), ‘Literary Cultures in/and Italian Studies’, Italian Studies. Special Issue: Key Directions in Italian Studies 75:2 (2020), 125-139.

2) O’Connell, Daragh, ‘“Corti vizio”: Dante e l’idea cortese’, in Percorsi del testo: la letteratura italiana tra adattamento e appropriazione, edited by Sergio Portelli and KarlChircop (Florence: Cesati, 2020), pp. 31-40

3) O’Connell, Daragh, ‘Canto XVIII: ovvero, quando le parole cominciano a puzzare’, Letture dell’Inferno di Roberto Benigni, edited by Franco Musarra et al (Florence: Cesati, 2020), pp. 121-134.

4) O’Connell, Daragh, ‘Resisting the Court: Courtesy and Courtliness in the Commedia’, in Resistance in Italian Culture from Dante to the 21st century, edited by Ambra Moroncini, Darrow Schecter and Fabio Vighi (Florence: Cesati, 2019), pp. 33-48.

5) O’Connell, Daragh, ‘“Whorish Eyes”: Envy at the Court of Vice’, in Barnes, John C. & O’Connell, Daragh, Dante and the Seven Deadly Sins: Literary and Theological Essays (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2017), pp. 91-123.

6) O’Connell, Daragh, ‘Denti Alligator: The Dantification of Popular Culture’, in Kelly, Michael G. & O’Connell, Daragh, Comparative Becomings: Studies in Transition (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2016), 19-46.

7) O’Connell, Daragh, ‘Dante’s Silent Ship: Similes, Swimming and Seafaring in the Commedia’, in O’Connell, D. & Petrie, J. (eds.), Nature and Nature in Dante: Literary and Theological Essays, with Jennifer Petrie (Dublin: Four Courts, 2013), pp. 121-151.

‘Il canto della gola: Inferno VI, Ciacco fra Boccaccio e Benigni’, in Dante e Benigni, edited by Franco Musarra (Florence: Cesati, 2021).

‘Death, Lamentation and Praise in the Vita nova – Chapter VIII [3]’, in The Vita Nova: A Collaborative Reading, edited by Zygmunt G. Baranski, David Bowe, Heather Webb (Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 2021)

Research Projects:
Daragh was/is PI on the following Dante-related projects:

1) Dr David Bowe - Writing women's voices at the origins of Italian literary culture
(2 years – 2018-2020)

2) Dr Federica Coluzzi - Beyond Literary Influence: Reconfiguring Dante's Critical and Scholarly Reception in the British Isles (1810s-1910s)
(1 Year – 2019-2020)

3) Dr Valentina Mele - Lyric Subjectivity in Guido Cavalcanti’s Rime
(1 Year – 2020-2021)

4) Dr Leyla Livraghi - Livy's legacy in Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio: the practice of reading history in Italian culture from the late 13th to the 14th century
(2 Years – 2020-2022)

Dr David Bowe - Co-Director

David is an Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Italian and co-director of the Centre for Dante Studies in Ireland at UCC. He previously held teaching and research roles at Somerville, Pembroke, and Balliol Colleges at the University of Oxford, where he also studied for his PhD.
His research focuses on the representation of feminine voices in medieval and early modern Italian texts, Dante, early vernacular lyric poetry, and the mediation and adaptation of Dante's works in literature and the visual arts.
He has published a monograph, Poetry in Dialogue in the Duecento and Dante (Oxford University Press, 2020), and articles and book chapters on temporality, gender, and subjectivity in medieval Italian poetry.
David is editing the first publication of Rachel Owen's illustrations of Dante's Inferno for Bodleian Library Publishing, to be published in Dante's centenary year, 2021. David and Federica Coluzzi are co-editing a special issue of Italian Studies, ‘Mediating Dante’, a special issue with Federica Coluzzi, Italian Studies 77.2 (2022). Together with Heather Webb and Zygmunt BaraƄski, he is also editing a collaborative commentary on Dante's Vita nova, the result of the 'Re-reading Dante's Vita nova project, which he co-ordinated.

Other Dante-related publications include:

1) Bowe, David, ‘Pigs in Paradise: A Note on Paradiso 29’, in Dante Notes,, unpaginated

2) Bowe, David, ‘Making Premodern Time, Guittone, Dante, and Petrarch’, in Transnational Italian Studies, ed. by Charles Burdett, Loredana Polezzi, and Marco Santello (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2020), pp. 195-209

3) Bowe, David, ‘Resisting the Voyage: A tenzone with Guido Cavalcanti in Dante’s Purgatorio’, in Resistance In Italian Culture from Dante to the 21st Century, ed. by Ambra Moroncini, Darrow Schecter, and Fabio Vighi (Florence: Franco Cesati, 2019). pp. 21-32

4) Bowe, David, ‘Versions of a Feminine Voice: The Compiuta Donzella’, in Italian Studies, 73.1 (2018), pp. 1-14

5) Bowe, David, ‘Text, Artefact and the Creative Process: the Sad Bewildered Quills of Guido Cavalcanti’, in MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities, 9 (2015), pp. 9-20

6) Bowe, David, ‘Dante e la “serena”: lettura sbagliata, “performance” fallita’, in Atti del 2014 seminario dantesco ‘AlmaDante’, ed. by Giuseppe Ledda and Filippo Zanini (Bologna: Petali), pp. 189-201


1) Bowe, David, ‘Rubrics and Red Dresses: Ordering the Vita nova’, in La Rivista (Presses de l’Université Paris-Sorbonne)

2) ‘Guittone’s Faltering “Now”’, in Medieval Temporalities ed. by Annie Sutherland, Almut Suerbaum, Benjamin Thompson, (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2021), pp. 75-90


Research Projects:

David has been awarded the following grants:

1) Irish Research Council (2018-2020)

2) Victoria Maltby Junior Research Fellowship, Somerville College, University of Oxford (2015-2018)

3) Leeds Humanities Research Institute (2014)

3) Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Studentship (2010-2013)


Dr Federica Coluzzi

Federica Coluzzi is Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow (2020-23) at the University of Warwick with a project titled Dante’s Transnational Female Public in the Long Nineteenth Century (1789-1921) which will provide the first systematic inquiry into the historical formation and development of Dante’s modern female audience in Britain, Ireland and Italy. Her research encompasses reception theory, Dante studies, intellectual history, and the history of publishing and reading in the long nineteenth century. 

The project has been presented in a Interview with Dr Matthew Threherne for the Leeds Dante Podcast ( ).

Prior to that, she was Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Cork where she was completing her monograph Dante Beyond Influence: Rethinking Reception in Victorian Literary Culture forthcoming with Manchester University Press (2021). At UCC she was the co-organiser of the Italian Department Research Seminars and of the first Cork Italian Film Festival. She participated in the organisation of the Dante Public Lectures Series along with Dr Daragh O’Connell and Dr David Bowe. She delivered a workshop session for the 2020 edition of Cork Discovers along with Dr David Bowe on Dantean Afterlives.


Past and forthcoming publications

Edited Volume

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Translation and Reception History: The Afterlife of Dante’s Vita Nova in the Anglophone World, Federica Coluzzi and Jacob Blakesley eds, Routledge: London, 2022

Book Chapters 

‘Chapter XXXV’, in The Vita Nuova: A Collaborative Reading, Zygmunt G. Baransky, David Bowe, Heather  Webb Eds., Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, Forthcoming 2022  

‘The Oxford Dante Society, The Early Years (1865-1921)’ in Dante Beyond Borders  edited by Nick Havely, Oxford: Oxford University Press (forthcoming in 2021).


‘Preaching and Teaching Dante for the Victorian Mass Public: Philip H. Wicksteed's Marginal Dantism’, Strumenti critici, Rivista quadrimestrale di cultura e critica letteraria 2, 2017: 253-278.

‘In the Mirror of Childhood: The Wondrous Discovery of Dante's Commedia in Victorian Juvenile Adaptations", Studium, 4, 2019: 514-528.

‘Dante in the Lecture Room: For a (Social) History of Teaching Dante in Nineteenth-century Britain’, Dante Studies, (forthcoming in 2021). ,

‘Rossetti Reconsidered: Dante’s Vita Nuova and Its Paths to Canonization in Victorian Literary Culture’, Le  Tre Corone: Rivista Internazionale di studi su Dante, vol. 8, Forthcoming, February 2021.

‘The First Victorian Dantista? Matthew Arnold’s Criticism between Essays and Commonplace Books’, Nineteenth-Century Prose, Forthcoming, 2022. 

Special Issue

‘Mediating Dante’, Special Issue of Italian Studies, Federica Coluzzi and David Bowe Eds., Forthcoming, 2022.

Selected Reviews

Erminia Ardissino, L’umana “Commedia” di Dante, Forum Italicum 51.3, 2017: 817-819.


Dr Valentina Mele

Valentina received her BA in Italian Literature and her MA in Philology from the Università degli Studi di Padova, during which time she spent a year at the University of Warwick as a visiting student. She mainly considered intersections between Italian, English and American literature, working on the reception of Dante in nineteenth and twentieth century Anglo-American poetry. She continued her studies at Somerville College, University of Oxford, earning an MSt in Medieval and Modern Languages. Her thesis analysed textual representations of feminine figures in the Italian Duecento love lyric. Valentina holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Her doctoral research focusses on the poetry of Guido Cavalcanti (c.1258-1300). Valentina is currently IRC Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Cork, where she is working on her first monograph, based on her PhD research. Valentina’s broader interests mostly lie in the relationship between language and subjectivity.

(in preparation) Mario Luzi’s Il Purgatorio. La notte lava la mente, Quaderni d'italianistica, Special Issue: Purgatori della letteratura italiana – Purgatories of Italian Literature – Purgatoires de la littérature italienne – Forthcoming 2021.

(in preparation) ‘The interjections of the Vita Nuova’, Quaderni di Gargnano, vol. IV (2021) – Forthcoming 2021.

(forthcoming) ‘Chapter XXXII’, in Rereading Dante’s Vita Nova: A Collaborative Research Project, ed. by Z. G. Baranski, D. Bowe, and H. Webb (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press) – Forthcoming 2021.

(forthcoming) ‘Spatial Deixis and Subjectivity in the Medieval Love lyric’. Paper submitted to The Mediæval Journal – Under consideration for publication.

(forthcoming) ‘La voce dolente degli oggetti. Lettura di Cavalcanti, Rime, XVIII’, «Con Altra Voce». Echi, variazioni e dissonanze nell’espressione letteraria. Atti del Seminario dottorale internazionale (Pisa, 8-9 ottobre 2018), (Pisa: Edizioni della Normale) – Forthcoming January 2021.

‘“I have in my translations tried to bring over the qualities of Guido”. Il Cavalcanti di Ezra Pound’, L’Ulisse, vol. XXIII (2020), 326-338.


Dario Galassini (Eduardo Saccone PhD Scholar)

I was born in Ravenna, Dante’s last haven, in 1995, and received my BA in Humanities and MA in Italian Studies, European Literary Cultures & Linguistics from the Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna. My thesis explored Giorgio Caproni’s poetic works from 1965 to 1986 and its ties to Dante’s Inferno, canto I. Starting from the 2020/2921 Academic Year, I was awarded the “Eduardo Saccone PhD Scholarship” by the UCC Department of Italian, and I am currently teaching undergraduate Italian language and Beginners’ Italian evening classes. Beyond my academic experiences, I have been studying bassoon since 2008, and I am completing a secondary BA in Musical Studies at the Conservatorio di Musica G. B. Martini, in Bologna.

My research project is entitled “«Poeta che mi guidi»: Dantean Afterlives in the Poetry of Giorgio Caproni, Antonia Pozzi, Vittorio Sereni and Mario Luzi”, and I am supervised by Dr Daragh O’Connell. My thesis studies the Dantean presence in twentieth-century Italian poetry, focusing on a generation of Lombard and Tuscan authors, born between 1912 and 1914. My perspective pivots on the sedimentations of textual echoes, rather than proceeding with the isolation of individual elements of Dante’s texts. Employing reading and literary theories of intertextuality and parody, I avail of a theoretically informed anglophone framework of research, coupling it with the critical-philological approach predominant in Italy. Thus I hope to create an original and dynamic reading of Dantean influence in twentieth-century Italian literature and incorporate the international critical dimension into the Italian model.