Dr Guyda Armstrong

Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies

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In 2020/21 I am convening my final year unit, ITAL30431, Introduction to Book History (Semester 1), and and my second year culture unit ITAL20622, Renaissance Florence: Culture, History, Art. I also teach on other team-taught undergraduate culture and language courses in Italian. At the postgraduate level I am currently involved with the supervision of 5 PhD students, and also contribute to MA teaching in medieval and book historical studies. My former PhD students have worked on topics including Boccaccian textual studies, the cultural history of Dante studies in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Britain, the manuscript collections of the Earls of Crawford, and the early modern translation history of the Orlando Furioso in English. In the past few years I have also supervised UG and PG dissertations on a range of topics, including representations of gender in Boccaccio; chastity in Boccaccio; Moderata Fonte's Il merito delle donne; Italian entrants to the Eurovision Song Contest; subtitling Roberto Benigni into English, and subtitling Armando Iannucci's In the Loop into Italian.

My award-winning course ITAL30431 deals with the technological and cultural history of Dante's Divine Comedy in its many forms from manuscript to new media. In 2011/12 this course was a pilot for a major new digital teaching initiative, the SCARLET project, which aimed to bring Special Collections into the age of the app. SCARLET received a number of awards for innovation in teaching, including runner-up for the ALT-C Learning Technology of the Year in 2012, and the Innovation in Higher Education award 2013. We were also nominated for the Outstanding Higher Education Technology of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards 2013. 

I have received teaching awards from Harvard University and the University of Manchester.