The Social World of the Poligrafi and their Role in the Circulation of Disinformation, Obscenity and Slander in Sixteenth-Century Italy
Supervisor: Nicholas Davidson
I am a doctoral candidate at New College, Oxford, where I hold the Robert Oresko Memorial Scholarship.
I study the social history of ideas in Renaissance Italy. My current research is on Pietro Aretino and the poligrafi, an amorphous group of writers, editors, and translators, and their role in the circulation of disinformation, slander, and obscenity in the public sphere in sixteenth-century Venice and Rome. More generally, I am interested in humanist culture in the Italian Renaissance; the history of sex and sexuality; satire, especially where it pertains to the pasquinade genre; the history of communication, particularly through the lenses of social network analysis and the study of material texts & paratexts; and historiography from the late medieval period to the present. I am also interested in the application(s) of social theory to the study of the Renaissance and early modern world.
In 2018, I am co-organising the conference 'Beyond Truth: Fiction and (Dis)information in the Early Modern World', which will take place from 17-18 September at New College, Oxford. For more information, please see our website: oxdisinfo.wordpress.com.