Dr Jane Everson

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Honorary Fellow in Italian

Dr Jane Everson

Email: je163@leicester.ac.uk

Personal Details

Biography

My research is focussed on two main areas: the chivalric epic tradition; and the learned Academies of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. In addition to the range of topics discussed in my articles and essays on the chivalric literary tradition, my Oxford monograph The Italian Romance Epic in the Age of Humanism: the matter of Italy and the world of Rome, an innovative study of the development of the romance epic in Italy from Boccaccio to Ariosto, addresses the paradox of the flowering of the romance epic genre in Italy alongside the revival of classical culture traditionally considered unfavourable to it. Most recently my interests in this area led to the 2016 conference on Ariosto and English culture, hosted by the British Academy, and now published in a co- edited volume, Ariosto, the ‘Orlando Furioso’ and English Culture.The Italian learned Academies were the subject of two major AHRC Research grants: The Italian Academies 1530-1700: a themed collection database (2006-2009) which established the dedicated database at the British Library; and The Italian Academies 1525-1700: the first intellectual networks of early modern Europe, which developed further the electronic resource, organised workshops and hosted a major conference, with proceedings published in The Italian Academies 1525-1700. Networks of Culture, Innovation and Dissent. I am currently working on a critical edition of a chivalric epic poem, Il Mambriano, and co-editing a volume of essays on the Charlemagne narratives in Italy.

I have held academic posts in the Universities of Reading, Leicester and Royal Holloway University of London, and Visiting Fellowships, St. John’s College, Oxford, and Magdalen College, Oxford, and a Visiting Professorship at the Università di Padova.

Qualifications

  • M.A.Hons, French and Italian, University of Edinburgh
  • D.Phil, Italian, University of Oxford
  • Emeritus Professor, Royal Holloway University of London
  • Associate Fellow, IMLR, School of Advanced Studies, University of London

Publications

Books and Edited Volumes

  • The Italian Romance Epic in the Age of Humanism: The Matter of Italy and the World of Rome, (Oxford University Press, 2001).
  • Bibliografia delle edizioni del ‘Mambriano’ di Francesco Cieco da Ferrara, (Alessandria Edizioni dell'Orso, 1994)
  • Ariosto, the ‘Orlando Furioso’ and English Culture, ed. by J. E. Everson. A. Hiscock and S. Jossa, Proceedings of the British Academy 221 (Oxford University Press, 2019).
  • The Italian Academies 1525-1700. Networks of Culture, Innovation and Dissent, ed.by J. E. Everson, D. V. Reidy and L. Sampson, (Cambridge-Abingdon: Legenda, MHRA-Routledge, 2016).
  • Italy in Crisis: 1494, ed. by J. E. Everson and D. Zancani, (Oxford:Legenda, 2000), 200 pp.
  • Scenes of Change: Studies in Cultural Transition, ed by C. Dente Baschiera and J. E. Everson (Pisa,1996).
  • Writers and Performers in Italian Drama from the time of Dante to Pirandello. Essays in honour of G.H.McWilliam, , J. R. Dashwood and J. E. Everson, (Lampeter/Lewiston N.Y.,1991).

On-line publication:

J.E.Everson et al., The Italian Academies 1530-1700: a themed collection database, London, British Library, 2009-; http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/ItalianAcademies/Default.aspx ; also available as downloadable dataset: https://data.bl.uk/iad/

Selected articles and book chapters:

(for a complete list of publications, and all publications before 2007, please see http://pure.rhul.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/jane-everson)

  • ‘Ariosto in England in the Eighteenth Century: from antipathy and ambivalence to enthusiasm’ in Ariosto, the ‘Orlando Furioso’ and English Culture, eds J. E. Everson, A. Hiscock and S. Jossa (Oxford University Press, 2019).
  • ‘Storia antica, storia contemporanea, storia/e inventata/e: il Mambriano e la crisi degli anni ‘90’ in Letteratura cavalleresca italiana, 1 (2019).
  • ‘“Orlando Furioso” 1516: Something old, something new’, Proceedings of the conference Orlando Furioso at 500, Baltimore, MY 13-15 October 2016, in Modern Language Notes 133.1 (2018).
  • ‘L’Accademia degli Infecondi e la letteratura d’occasione: Ecfrasi e attualità’ in Intrecci virtuosi. Letterati, artisti e accademie nell’Italia centrale tra Cinque e Seicento. Roma e Firenze, eds C. Chiummo, A. Geremicca and P. Tosini (Rome, 2017).
  • ‘Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo: figure di regnanti non-cristiani nel Mambriano di Francesco Cieco da Ferrara’, Rassegna europea di letteratura italiana, 44 (2014 [2016]).
  • ‘Lettore’ in Lessico critico ariostesco, ed Annalisa Izzo (Florence,2016).
  • ‘Canto XXI’ in Lettura dell’‘Orlando Furioso’, eds G. Bucchi and F. Tomasi, (Firenze, 2016).
  • ‘“E più e men che re”: Carlo Magno nel Mambriano’, in Carlo Magno in Italia e la Fortuna dei Libri di Cavalleria, eds J. Bartuschat and F. Strologo (Ravenna, 2016).
  • ‘Critical authorities, canonical traditions and occasional literature: the case of the early modern Italian Academies’, in Authority, Innovation and Early Modern Epistemology. Essays in Honour of Hilary Gatti, eds Martin McLaughlin, Ingrid D. Rowland and Elisabetta Tarantino (Oxford: Legenda, 2015).
  • ‘Le Accademie italiane del Cinque e Seicento: nuove ricerche e una nuova risorsa on-line’ in Le Virtuose Adunanze: la cultura accademica tra XVI e XVIII secolo, eds Clizia Gurreri and Ilaria Bianchi (Avellino, 2015).
    • 'Storie di Alessandro Magno nella tradizione volgare: Medioevo, Rinascimento e tempi moderni',  Rassegna europea di letteratura italiana, 41 (2013 [2014]).
    • ‘Propaganda, dibattito scientifico o autori e pubblicazioni a proprie spese (APS): le Accademie del Cinque e Seicento e il mondo della stampa.’ in Dissonanze concordi. Temi, questioni e personaggi intorno ad Anton Francesco Doni, ed. G.Rizzarelli, (Bologna, 2013).
    • ‘Il linguaggio di Venere e il linguaggio del vero amore: la disputa per l’anima di Sinodoro (Mambriano XXIX, 22-69)’, in ‘D’un parlar ne l’altro.’ Aspetti dell’enunciazione dal romanzo arturiano alla ‘Gerusalemme liberata’, ed. Annalisa Izzo, (Pisa, 2013).
    • ‘The melting pot of science and belief: studying Vesuvius in seventeenth-century Naples’, Renaissance Studies, vol XXVI n.5 (2012).
    • ‘Il Mambriano di Francesco Cieco da Ferrara – fra tradizione cavalleresca e mondo estense’, in L’uno e l’altro Ariosto. In corte e nelle delizie, ed. G. Venturi, (Florence, 2011).
    • ‘From Dante to Dante Sonata’, in Dante on View. The Reception of Dante in the Visual and Performing Arts, eds Antonella Braida and Luisa Calé, (Aldershot-Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2007).

Reviews

I have published reviews in the major scholarly journals and literary periodicals in the disciplines of Italian literature, medieval and Renaissance studies, and book history. The reviews deal with authors and topics ranging from Dante to Umberto Eco, and from medieval literary genres and lyric poetry to the history of the book and printing. From 2010-2014 I was Italian editor for Modern Language Review.

Selection of recent reviews:

  • Alexandre le Grand à la lumière des manuscrits et des premiers imprimés en Europe (XIIe-XVIe siècle): Materialité des textes, contextes et paratexte; des lectures originales, ed. Catherine Gaullier-Bougassas, in Speculum 92, n. 3 (2017).
  • The Arthur of the Italians: The Arthurian Legend in Medieval Italian Literature and Culture, eds G. Allaire and R. Psaki, in Modern Language Review, 111.1 (2016).
  • Virginia Cox, The Prodigious Muse. Women’s writing in Counter-Reformation Italy and Helena Sanson, Women, Language and Grammar in Italy 1500-1900, in Times Literary Supplement (8 March 2013)
  • Rhiannon Daniels, Boccaccio and the Book: Production and Reading in Italy 1340-1520, in Modern Language Review, 106.2 (2011).
  • Espaces chevaleresques et héroiques de Boiardo au Tasse, ed. Matteo Residori, in Renaissance Studies 24.2 (2010).
  • Virginia Cox, Women’s Writing in Italy 1400-1650, in Times Literary Supplement (9 January  2009).

Research

My principal research interests are in the literature and culture of Italy from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, in particular:

  • narrative poetry and the romance epic genre from the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries including the Carolingian tradition in Italy, narratives about Alexander the Great, and the fusion of classical, romance and chivalric material in epic texts.
  • Ariosto and the Orlando furioso, including its legacy in European literature and culture.
  • aspects of lyric poetry of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, on which I contributed to the Oxford Companion to Italian Literature
  • the textual bibliography of early printed narrative and poetic texts in Italy.
  • the history of the book in Italy
  • The Italian learned Academies of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

 

Current projects include:

  • A new critical edition Il Mambriano of Francesco Cieco da Ferrara, to be published by the Commissione per i Testi di Lingua, Bologna.
  • Charlemagne in Italy, a co-edited volume on the continuing tradition of narratives about Charlemagne in Italian literary culture, for the series Charlemagne in…, publications of the Charlemagne. A European Icon project (http://www.charlemagne-icon.ac.uk/research-groups/).
  • The Italian learned Academies of the 16th and 17th centuries. Further developing the research arising out of the two AHRC-funded projects, and in particular developing, updating and internationalising the Italian Academies database.

I have served as Italian Editor for Modern Language Review (2010-2014), and on the editorial boards of Olifant (the international journal for studies on vernacular epic), Studi Italiani, and the Journal of Romance Studies. I was Associate Editor (Italian) of the 7th edition of the Oxford Companion to English Literature, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2009.

Research grants awarded include:

  • Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship. Chivalric Literature in the European Renaissance £270,000, 2009-2011.
  • AHRC Research Grant: £780,690 plus PhD studentship, 2010-2014, for the collaborative project with the British Library and the University of Reading, The Italian Academies 1525-1700: the first intellectual networks of early modern Europe.
  • AHRC Resource Enhancement grant, £350,000, 2006-2009, for the collaborative project with the British Library The Italian Academies 1530-1700: a Themed Collection database.
  • British Academy Small Research Grant, £6,650, 2006-07, towards the preparation of a new critical edition of “Il Mambriano” di Francesco Cieco da Ferrara

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