Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Laurea in Lettere Moderne summa cum laude from the University Pisa in Philology
Areas of Focus:
Philology, Paleography, History of the Manuscript, Medieval, Renaissance Studies, Film Studies, Comparative Literature.
Roberta Ricci is the author of Scrittura, riscrittura, autoesegesi: voci autoriali intorno all’epica in volgare by ETS, Pisa, 2011, editor of Poggio Bracciolini and the Re(dis)covery of Antiquity: Textual and Material Traditions. Proceedings of the Symposium Held at Bryn Mawr College on April 8-9, 2016. Firenze Uiversity Press, 2020, and co-editor of two volumes: Approaches to Teaching the Work of Primo Levi, MLA Press, 2014; The Renaissance Dialogue, NeMLA Italian Studies Special Issue, 2016 .
She is the recipient of research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Renaissance Society of America, The Bogliasco Foundation and most recently Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard University, for a project dedicated to early-modern Byzantine society and its extensions, both physical and imagined, in mapping the presence of the Greek East within the Latin West. Embracing the early humanist tradition of language immersion of Greek in loco and learning spaces in Constantinople, the project looks at transculturality that stems from migration of portabilia and memorabilia, aiming to contribute to scholarship that breaks new ground concerning Byzantium beyond and after Byzantium.
Poggio Bracciolini and the Re(dis)covery of Antiquity: Textual and Material Traditions. Proceedings of the Symposium Held at Bryn Mawr College on April 8-9, 2016. Firenze University Press, 2020 (editor).
Scrittura, riscrittura, autoesegesi: voci autoriali intorno all’epica in volgare. Boccaccio, Tasso,
2011, pp. 260, € 23,00, Pisa, ETS Press 978-884672575-2
Tasso --ETS Press, Pisa, 2011--Ricci has been awarded national grants (NEH, Renaissance Society of America), as well as fellowships (Bogliasco Foundation) and summer research grants from Bryn Mawr College (Faculty Grant, Center for International Studies). The book has received reviews in Renaissance Quarterly, Symposium, Rassegna della letteratura italiana, Studi italiani, and Nemla Italian Studies.
Ricci has also contributed with an essay titled: Umanesimo letterario, riforma grafica: Poggio Bracciolini editore, filologo e copista, pp. 2-38, Renaissance Dialogue. For the project on Bracciolini she has been awarded the Renaissance Society 2013 Summer Grant, the BMC Faculty Grant, and the Goodhart Gordan Fellowship at BMC. Ricci describes her research in the below post and video:http://news.brynmawr.edu/2013/07/30/italian-chair-roberta-ricci-travels-to-italy-to-study-the-work-of-poggio-bracciolini/
Approaches to Teaching the Works of Primo Levi
2014, pp. 200, $24,00, New York, MLA Press, B00P60DYC0
The first part of this volume provides instructors with an overview of the available editions, anthologies, and translations of Levi’s work and identifies other useful classroom aids, such as films, music, and online resources. In the second part, contributors describe different approaches to teaching Levi’s work. Some, in presenting Survival in Auschwitz, The Reawakening, and The Drowned and the Saved, look at the place of style in Holocaust testimony and the reliability of memory in autobiography. Others focus on questions of translation, complicated by the untranslatable in the language and experiences of the concentration camps, or on how Levi incorporates his background as a chemist into his writing, most clearly in The Periodic Table.
Conference Brings Scholars to Campus to Discuss Poggio Bracciolini's Legacy
A symposium on Florentine Humanist Poggio Bracciolini brought more than 60 guests to campus on April 8 and 9, 2016, including Bryn Mawr College President Emeritus and Italian Renaissance Scholar Nancy Vickers. “The conference was excellent with many distinguished scholars presenting new contributions on Bracciolini, this extraordinary figure, and a wonderful way to show our strong intellectual tradition in the humanities here at Bryn Mawr College,” says symposium organizer and Associate Professor of Italian Roberta Ricci. The conference was held in honor of Goodhart, who was a member of the class of 1935.
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