The role of referentiality in Renaissance neo-Latin culture, with special focus on fifteenth-century Rome:
In connection with the preparation of a critical edition of Niccolò Perotti's letters, the project concentrates on the theory and practice of the humanist letter. Special attention is paid to the way in which fifteenth-century Italian humanists used the conventions of the epistolographic genre and intertextuality with classical literature as a means of expression, as a subtle textual strategy to re-enforce or convey the message. Contemporary theory of imitation, found e.g. in letter manuals, is a major source for the metadiscourse on referentiality, which appears to be articulated differently in different semantic areas (e.g. politics, poetics, philosophy).
The first results of the project are presented in the articles "Intertextuality as a stylistic device in Niccolò Perotti's dedicatory letters," in Niccolò Perotti. The Languages of Humanism and Politics, edd. Marianne Pade and Camilla Plesner Horster, Renæssanceforum 7 (2011), 121-146 (www.renaessanceforum.dk/rf_7_2011.htm), "Le Noctes Atticae di Gellio e la prefazione del Cornu copiae di Niccolò Perotti," Studi umanistici piceni 32 (2012), 21-28, and "Niccolò Perotti's Cornu Copiae: the Commentary as a Repository of Knowledge," Neo-Latin Commentaries and the Management of Knowledge in the Late Middle Ages and the Early Modern period (1400-1700), edd. Karl Enenkel and Hank Nellen, Humanistica Lovaniensia, Supplementum 33. Leuven University Press 2013, 241-62. Further results were presented at the opening congress of Nordic Network for Renaessance Studies, Copenhagen, October 2012, and at the international conference "Fiction and Figuration in high and late medieval literature" held at the Danish Academy in Rome, January 2013.
Another project regards material intertextuality in Roman humanist book- and epigraphic culture. In the second half of the fifteenth century one encounters a new style in public inscriptions in Rome, where both the text, the lettering and the setting are designed to evoke the monumental style of earlier periods. The project examines the intricate interplay of text, lettering and monument in the work of Bartolomeo Sanvito (1435-1511) and Andrea Bregno (1418-1503), the two men primarily responsible for the initial appearence and maturation of the scriptura monumentalis in Rome. Findings will be placed in the context of the antiquarian interests and book culture of the Roman Academy.
Results have been presented at the congresses of the Renaissance Society of America in Washington in March 2012, of the International Association of neo-Latin Studies in Münster in August 2012 and at the XIV Congressus Internationalis Epigraphiae Graecae et Latinae in Berlin in August 2012 – and during on the Academy's Summer School "Text – Memory – Monument. The use of the past in Italian Renaissance culture".