Dr Guyda Armstrong

Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies

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In 2016/17 I am convening my final year book history module, ITAL30431, Beyond The Text: The Book and its Body (Semester 1), and and my second year medieval literature module ITAL20612, Gendering the Canon: Women, Authorship, and Voice in the Italian Trecento. I also teach on other team-taught courses in the department of Italian, and the Level 1 course SALC 10112, The Medieval World: An Introduction. At the postgraduate level I am currently involved with the supervision of 4 PhD students, and also contribute to MA teaching across the School, in the MA in Translation and Intercultural Studies and medieval and book historical studies. In the past few years I have 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; the translation of business reports; 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 was a JISC-funded collaboration between academics in the departments of Italian, English, and Classics, the University's Research Computing unit MIMAS, and the John Rylands Library of the University of Manchester, and has 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 (2002) and the University of Manchester (2010).