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Dr Tristan Kay

Dr Tristan Kay

Dr Tristan Kay
BA (Leeds), MA (Leeds), DPhil (Oxford)

Senior Lecturer in Italian

Area of research

Medieval Italian culture

Office G111, 21 Woodland Rd
19 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1TE
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 928 7589

Research summary

My research so far has focused predominantly on medieval Italian literary culture, especially Dante and early Italian lyric poetry. My first book, Dante’s Lyric Redemption: Eros, Salvation, Vernacular Tradition (Oxford University Press, 2016), re-evaluates Dante’s relationship to his vernacular lyric heritage and his commitment to eros as a redemptive force. I have also published a number of articles that examine from different perspectives Dante’s complex and evolving notion of desire, in relation to both medieval and classical literary cultures, and have co-edited the volumes Desire in Dante and the Middle Ages (2012) and Dante in Oxford: The Paget Toynbee Lectures (2011 ...

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Biography

I grew up in the North West of England and studied Italian and Spanish as an undergraduate at the University of Leeds (BA, 2005), where I remained to complete an MA by Research on Dante and the troubadours (2006). In 2006 I began a doctorate at the University of Oxford, under the supervision of Manuele Gragnolati, writing a thesis on the relationship between eros, spirituality and vernacular language in Dante. Before coming to Bristol in 2012, I held a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Dartmouth College, USA, where I taught courses on medieval and modern Italian culture. I am currently ...

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