Dr Guyda Armstrong

Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies

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Research interests

My research focuses primarily on Boccaccio and medieval Italian literature, and its transmission across languages and cultures from the medieval period to the present day. I am interested in the material, textual, and visual forms of the book and how they mediate and remake the text for multiple audiences, from medieval manuscripts up to digital media. I have published widely on Boccaccio and Dante and early modern translated print cultures, and my wider research interests include the information design of the translated book, digital humanities, translation studies, and gender. 

My monograph, Boccaccio in English: A History in Books (UTP, 2013) reads 500 years of Boccaccio's reception through the material forms of his translated book-objects. I am currently completing a critical edition of 16th- and 17th-century translations of Boccaccio for the MHRA New Tudor and Stuart Translations series, and developing a new research project on the previously unstudied French Boccaccio manuscript I identified in the University's John Rylands Library. I am also one of the co-editors of the Cambridge Companion to Boccaccio (CUP, 2015).

I am Co-Investigator on the AHRC-funded grant Petrarch Commentary and Exegesis in Renaissance Italy, c. 1350- c.1650, with Professor Simon Gilson (PI, Warwick) and Dr Federica Pich (Co-I, Leeds). The project is reconstructing the corpus of exegetical material around Petrarch's vernacular poetic outputs, and I am directing the digital library component of the project, which will digitize all the Petrarch editions held in the Special Collections of the John Rylands Library and partner libraries.

With my colleagues Steve Milner (Manchester) and Rhiannon Daniels (Leeds), I organized the major UK conference on Boccaccio to commemorate his septcentenary, 'Locating Boccaccio in 2013', and curated the accompanying exhibition at the John Rylands Library. You can access the archived conference blog here. 

I am also the PI for the British-Academy funded Manchester Digital Dante project, which has digitized culturally significant incunable editions of the Divine Comedy from the holdings of the John Rylands Library. You can read the project blog here.

Research awards

  • 2013 Short-Term Research Fellowship, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C.
  • 2008/09 British Academy Small Research Grant, for Manchester Digital Dante Project
  • 2006/07 AHRC Research Leave Scheme
  • 2006 Cardiff University Early Career Travel Grant (Visiting Researcher, Brown University)
  • 2004 University of Edinburgh, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Centre for the History of the Book Visiting Fellowship
  • 2001-2003 Brown University, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Early Modern Italian and New Media


Research and projects

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