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Dr Mark Davie

Honorary University Fellow


Mark Davie was Senior Lecturer in Italian and Head of the School of Modern Languages until his retirement in 2006. He was the Italian Editor of Modern Language Review, 2003-10.

He has published studies on various aspects of Italian literature, mainly in the period from Dante to the Renaissance, with a particular focus on the relations between learned and popular culture, and between Latin and the vernacular, in Italy in the Renaissance. His work on Dante includes two studies of the Fiore, a sequence of 232 sonnets written in Florence at the end of the 13th century which many scholars attribute to Dante.

His recent publications include the introduction and notes to Torquato Tasso, The Liberation of Jerusalem, translated by Max Wickert (Oxford World's Classics, 2009), and a new translation (with William R. Shea) of Galileo, Selected Writings (Oxford World’s Classics, 2012).