Dr Guyda Armstrong

Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies

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I completed my undergraduate MA in Modern European Languages (French and Italian) at the University of Edinburgh, before obtaining my PhD in Italian Studies from the University of Leeds in 2000. From 2001-2003, I was Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Italian Studies and New Media at Brown University, USA. During my time in America I also taught at Harvard University. I held a Centre for the History of the Book postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Edinburgh in 2004, and lectured in Italian at Cardiff University from 2005 to 2007. I joined the Italian department of the University of Manchester in September 2007. Since September 2014 I have been Academic Lead for Digital Humanities for the Faculty of Humanities.

Member of the Worldwide Advisory Board of Brown University's Virtual Humanities Lab

Associate Editor of the MHRA Tudor & Stuart Translations series

Reviews Editor of Italian Studies, 2007-2013

Co-editor of New Readings, 2005-2007

Member of the Editorial Board of Heliotropia, 2003-05

Member of the Editorial Board of the Decameron Web , 2001-03

Collaborator on online edition of Boccaccio's Esposizioni, at Brown University's Virtual Humanities Lab, 2003-06

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My teaching reflects my research interests in medieval literature, the history of the book, and translation studies. In 2009/10 I was awarded a University Teaching Excellence Award for my innovative teaching practice, and have used the award money to develop further digital initiatives for the teaching of medieval studies and the history of the Italian book.

I teach across the School on undergraduate and postgraduate medieval and book history modules, and currently offer an Italian Level 3 module on the history of Dante's Divine Comedy. I also teach on various language and cultural courses within the department and School. 

In 2006/07 I successfully completed a 30-credit module in University Teaching and Learning for the Cardiff University Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning.

In 2002 I was awarded a Certificate of Distinction in Teaching from Harvard University.

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I am currently involved in the supervision for four PhDs in the fields of translation and the history of the book, and have also supervised undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations in medieval studies, translation studies, and modern Italian narrative. I am available to supervise doctoral research in any of my areas of expertise, especially textual studies from manuscript to digital media, Boccaccio and Italian premodern literature, and translation and literature.


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