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Dr Tristan J KayBA (Leeds), MA (Leeds), DPhil (Oxford)

Senior Lecturer in Italian

Tristan Kay

Dr Tristan J KayBA (Leeds), MA (Leeds), DPhil (Oxford)

Senior Lecturer in Italian

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Research interests

My research focuses on medieval Italian literary culture, especially Dante and lyric poetry. My recently published 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 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). My other interests include Franco-Italian relations in medieval culture and modern appropriations of Dante. I am currently working on the use of Dante in Primo Levi's Holocaust writings, with a particular focus on questions of language and representation. 

Monograph:

Dante’s Lyric Redemption: Eros, Salvation, Vernacular Tradition (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2016)

Edited volumes:

Desire in Dante and the Middle Ages, ed. and with an introduction by M. Gragnolati, T. Kay, E. Lombardi and F. Southerden (Oxford: Legenda, 2012)

Dante in Oxford: The Paget Toynbee Lectures, ed. and with an introduction by T. Kay, M. McLaughlin and M. Zaccarello (Oxford: Legenda, 2011)

Essays:

‘Dante Studies and the Transnational Turn’, in Transnational Italian Studies, ed. by C. Burdett, L. Polezzi, and M. Santello (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, forthcoming)

Inferno XXXII’, in Lectura Dantis Andreapolitana: Inferno, ed. by R. Wilson and C. Rossignoli (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, forthcoming)

‘Vernacular Literature and Culture’, in The Cambridge Companion to Dante’s ‘Commedia’, ed. by Z. G. Baranski and S. Gilson (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), pp. 140-57

‘Dante’s Ambivalence towards the Lustful’, in Dante and the Seven Deadly Sins, ed. by J. C. Barnes and D. O’Connell (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2017), pp. 271-302

‘17. Seductive Lies, Unpalatable Truths, Alter Egos’, in Cambridge Vertical Readings in Dante’s ‘Comedy’, ed. by G. Corbett and H. Webb, 3 vols (Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, 2016), pp. 127-49 [open access]

‘Dante’s Cavalcantian Relapse: The “Pargoletta” Sequence and the Commedia’, in New Voices in Dante Criticism, ed. by J. Luzzi. Special issue of Dante Studies, 131 (2013 issue; published 2014), 73-97

‘Desire, Subjectivity, and Lyric Poetry in Dante’s Convivio and Commedia’, in Desire in Dante and the Middle Ages, ed. by Gragnolati et al (Oxford: Legenda, 2012), pp. 164-84

‘Transforming Desire’, in Desire in Dante and the Middle Ages, ed. by Gragnolati et al (Oxford: Legenda, 2012), pp. 1-11; with M. Gragnolati, E. Lombardi, and F. Southerden

‘Dido, Aeneas, and the Evolution of Dante’s Poetics’, Dante Studies, 129 (2011), 135-60

‘”Una modesta Divina Commedia”: Dante as anti-model in Cesare Pavese’s La luna e i falò’, in Metamorphosing Dante: Appropriations, Manipulations and Rewritings in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries, edited by M. Gragnolati, F. Camilletti, and F. Lampart (Berlin and Vienna: Turia und Kant, 2011), pp. 101-22

‘Redefining the “matera amorosa”: Dante’s Vita nova and Guittone’s (anti-)courtly “canzoniere”’, The Italianist, 29 (2009), 369-99 

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Postal address:
19 Woodland Road
Clifton
Bristol
United Kingdom

Selected research outputs

  1. Published

    'Dante's Cavalcantian Relapse: The "Pargoletta" Sequence and the Commedia'

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Published

    Desire in Dante and the Middle Ages

    Research output: Book/ReportEdited book

  3. Published

    'Desire, Subjectivity, and Lyric Poetry in Dante's Convivio and Commedia'

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

  4. Published

    Dido, Aeneas, and the Evolution of Dante's Poetics

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  5. Published

    Dante in Oxford: The Paget Toynbee Lectures

    Research output: Book/ReportEdited book

  6. Published

    "Una modesta Divina Commedia": Dante as anti-model in Cesare Pavese's La luna e i falo'

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

  7. Published

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