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Professor Judith Bryce

Professor Judith Bryce

Professor Judith Bryce
M.A., Ph.D.(Aberd.)

Emeritus Professor

Senior Research Fellow in Italian

19 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1TE
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Her early research interests focused on mid-sixteenth-century Florentine cultural history, specifically  the milieu of the Accademia Fiorentina and the figure of the academician and polymath,  Cosimo Bartoli. She has also published on modern Italian literature, particularly the feminist author, Dacia Maraini. In the last twenty years, however, her work has centred on mid- to late-fifteenth-century Florence with a series of studies on issues of gender and culture. These include : the cultural politics of Lorenzo de’ Medici; epistolary relations between Lorenzo and Ippolita Sforza, Duchess of Calabria; the work of the religious dramatist Antonia Pulci; women’s literacy; women and performance; the correspondence of Archbishop Antonino Pierozzi with Dada degli Adimari in the 1450s, and the figure of Ginevra de’ Benci.  She is currently working on other epistolary topics, not least a volume of Alessandra Macinghi Strozzi’s letters for the series ‘The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe’.


Judith Bryce went on from Inverness Royal Academy to study Italian and French at the University of Aberdeen (MA, 1970), completing a PhD, also at Aberdeen, in 1977. She was appointed to a lectureship at the University of Hull in 1973, going on to become head of department before taking up the first chair of Italian at the University of Bristol in 1994. She was head of department from 1994 to 2000 and chair of the School of Modern Languages from 2003-06. A former editor of the Journal of Gender Studies, she completed five years as editor of Italian Studies in 2006. She is currently Chair of the Society for Renaissance Studies.



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