In 2018-19, the MHRA expanded its Research Scholarship programme, making four awards in total. Applications are now open for academic year 2020-21. Full details can be found on our Funding page.

The Research Scholarships support early career researchers who, having completed a Ph.D., are developing their thesis into what will become their first book. The four scholars who received awards in 2019-20 are:

Dr Sara Delmedico (Italian, University of Cambridge) for Opposing Patriarchy: Women and the Law in Action in Pre-Unification Italy (1815-1865). In the context of a changing political landscape, where shifts in state boundaries and socio-economic structures deeply affected the Italian peninsula and its people, Dr Delmedico’s monograph will analyse women and the law in action in the years from the Restoration up to the enactment of the Pisanelli code (1815-1865), with particular reference to the Kingdom of Sardinia and the Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia.

Dr Caterina Paoli (Italian, University of Warwick) for Greek tragedy in twentieth-century Italian literature: the poetic translations of Camillo Sbarbaro and Giovanna Bemporad. Dr Paoli’s monograph will deal with poetic translations of Greek tragedy in twentieth-century Italian literature. It will aim to intertwine the discourse on poetics with the practice of translation and, in particular, to explore specimens of translations from the Greek tragedies of two twentieth-century Italian authors: Camillo Sbarbaro (1888-1967) and Giovanna Bemporad (1923-2013).

Dr Lucy Rayfield (French/Italian, University of Warwick) for The Poetics and Politics of French and Italian Renaissance Comedy. Dr Rayfield’s monograph (forthcoming from Legenda) will document the complex development of comic theatre from classical comedy regarded as a scholarly exercise, to drama reinvented in print and performance, to comedy eventually being employed as a propagandist weapon against Italian sources.

Dr Abigail Rowson (Italian, University of Leeds) for Theologians as Persons in Dante’s Commedia. Dante chooses to represent theology through a series of personal encounters with individuals and individual theologians. Dr Rowson’s monograph will ask how Dante transforms or incorporates perceptions of real theologians in the Commedia.

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