Elena Lombardi (Paget Toynbee Lecturer in Italian Medieval Studies, Fellow and Tutor in Italian) has been awarded Recognition of Distinction to the title of Professor. She is now Professor of Italian Literature.
At Balliol she teaches Italian medieval poetry and Dante. Her main area of research is Dante and the Middle Ages. Her first book explores the interrelations between the notions of syntax and desire in medieval theology (Augustine), grammar (Modistae) and poetry (Dante). Her second book explores concepts of love and desire in the Middle Ages with focus on the episode of Francesca in Inferno 5. She has also published on early Italian poetry (the Sicilian School. Guido Cavalcanti, Petrarca). Other areas of interest are idea of the book in the Middle Ages, and the theme of intertextuality in the Renaissance epic-chivalric poem. There is more information about her publications on her departmental web page.
Recognition of Distinction Awards<b> </b>are assessed using three criteria:
- an ongoing research record which is characterised by a significant influence on the field of study and is of a high order of excellence and of international standing, and the quality of which in terms of research distinction is at least equal to that expected of those appointed to full professorships at other leading international research universities.
- a record of effective teaching for the University and for colleges, concomitant with the duties of the University post and the college fellowship, where one is held.
- a record of involvement in University and/or college administration and demonstrable competence in such administration.