The Role of the Poligrafi as Cultural Intermediaries in Sixteenth-Century Italy
Supervisor: Nicholas Davidson
I study the circulation of knowledge in printed books and manuscripts in sixteenth-century Italy. My doctoral research is specifically concerned with the role of the poligrafi – a group of writers, editors and translators – in said circulation. I am especially fascinated by their importance in the spread of religious deviance, obscenity, and humanist culture (broadly speaking), as well as the relationships between poligrafi and their patrons, printers, and audiences. More generally, I am interested in the intersections between the social, intellectual, and religious history of the book in early modern Italy and Europe.