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Giovanna Di Martino

Leventis Research Fellow

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Email:  g.martino@ucl.ac.uk

Research interests: Greek literature, ancient drama (especially tragedy), classical reception, the reception of ancient tragedy in Italy and the United States, translation studies, early modern literature and drama, neo-Latin studies

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I completed my undergraduate (2012) and Master’s (2014) degrees in Classics at the University of Milan, with a period of study at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana), where I wrote a thesis (now a book) on the reception of Aeschylus’ Seven Against Thebes in the US. I came to the UK in 2015 as a postgraduate student in Classical Languages and Literature at St Hilda’s (Oxford), with a project on the reception of Aeschylus’ tragedies in Italy (1550-1960), supervised by Fiona Macintosh and in collaboration with the APGRD (Oxford). I was lecturer in Classics at St Hilda’s (2017-2019) and St Anne’s (2019-2020) before coming to UCL. 

My main research interests fall into ancient Greek drama and its reception, translation and performance of ancient Greek drama from the 16th to the 21st centuries, and the history of theatre and scholarship in Europe and in the United States. 

My current research project focuses on early modern translations of ancient Greek drama in Italy (1400-1600). It fills a gap in the history of theatre translation theory and practice, of ancient Greek drama, and of the Italian vernacular and Latin as they both developed through, and were influenced by, translation practice. I am particularly interested in the relationship not just of ancient Greek with Latin and the Italian vernacular, but also between Latin and the vernacular themselves and on how each language impacted on, and influenced, the other. 
I am also interested in the reception of ancient Greek drama in Italy during Fascism and am currently preparing the edition of an unpublished translation of Aeschylus’ Oresteia during Fascism.

In these years, I have also been involved in and led theatre and outreach projects on Greek theatre and the ancient world more generally (Oxford Greek Play, 2017; APGRD Blog and APGRD Podcast (2019-present); Theatre Workshop on the Agamemnon with Estelle Baudou (2019-2020); Theatre Workshop on Epic Fragments with Estelle Baudou (forthcoming 2020-2021)); I am particularly looking forward to contributing to UCL Classical Play and outreach activities.

Publications

Books:

In preparation

G. Di Martino, The Reception of Aeschylus in Italy: Translation, Performance and Adaptation (under revision). 

G. Di Martino, Aeschylus’ Oresteia in 1942. Greek Tragedy and Theatre under Fascism (under contract with Skenè, forthcoming 2023). 

Published

G. Di Martino, Translating and Adapting Aeschylus’ Seven Against Thebes in America, Skenè: Verona (2020). 

 

Co-Edited Volumes:

In preparation: 

G. Di Martino, C. Dudouyt, M. Bastin-Hammou, L. Jackson (eds.), Translating Greek Drama in the Early Modern Period: Theory and Practice in 14th-16th-century Europe, Berlin: De Gruyter (2022). 

 

Book chapters:

In preparation

G. Di Martino, ‘Translating (Greek) Tragedy in Sixteenth-century Italy’, in G. Di Martino, C. Dudouyt, M. Bastin-Hammou, L. Jackson (eds.), Translating Greek Drama in the Early Modern Period: Theory and Practice in 14th-16th-century Europe, Berlin: De Gruyter (2022). 

G. Di Martino, E. Baudou, ‘Iphigenia at Aulis in Sixteenth-century Translations’, in G. Di Martino, C. Dudouyt, M. Bastin-Hammou, L. Jackson (eds.), Translating Greek Drama in the Early Modern Period: Theory and Practice in 14th-16th-century Europe, Berlin: De Gruyter (2022).  

Published: 

G. Di Martino, ‘The Reception of Aeschylus in sixteenth-century Italy: the case of Coriolano Martirano’s Prometheus Bound (1556)’, in S. Harrison and G. Abbamonte (eds), Making and Rethinking Renaissance. Between Greek and Latin in 15th-16th-century Europe, De Gruyter: Berlin (2019), 125-42. 

 

Journal Articles:

In preparation: 

G. Di Martino, E. Ioannidou, S. Troiani (eds.), Performing Ancient Greece in Fascist Italy: Modernism and the Classical (special issue under contract with Classical Receptions Journal, OUP). 

G. Di Martino, ‘Aeschylus at the Crossroads between ‘Modernities’, in: Performing Ancient Greece in Fascist Italy: Modernism and the Classical in CRJ (OUP) (forthcoming 2022). 

G. Di Martino, ‘Introduction’, in: Performing Ancient Greece in Fascist Italy: Modernism and the Classical in CRJ (OUP) (forthcoming 2022). 

G. Di Martino, E. Ioannidou, S. Troiani (eds.), Re-Living the Classical Past: Performative Uses of Antiquity under Fascism, Fascism: Comparative Fascist Studies (forthcoming 2022). 

G. Di Martino, ‘Archiving and Documenting Classical Performance during and after Fascism’, in: Re-Living the Classical Past: Performative Uses of Antiquity under Fascism, Fascism: Comparative Fascist Studies (forthcoming 2022). 

G. Di Martino, E. Baudou, ‘Conceptualizing commonality: dramaturgical and translational processes in the parodos of Aeschylus’ Agamemnon’ (in preparation). 

G. Di Martino, G. Fiore, ‘Cataloguing Volgarizzamenti/Tragedie between 1450 and 1600 in Italy’ (in preparation). 

In press

G. Di Martino, ‘Tradurre il teatro per il teatro: presenza e assenza di dialoghi in due adattamenti cinquecenteschi del Prometeo incatenato di Eschilo’, Classiques Garnier (forthcoming 2021). 

G. Di Martino and F. Macintosh, ‘Archiving and Interpreting Greek Theatre: the archive as engine room and digital hub’, FuturoClassico (forthcoming 2021).                     

Published

G. Di Martino, ‘L’Agamennone di Eschilo. Italianità e Sicilianità alla vigilia della Grande Guerra’, FuturoClassico 5 (2019) 174-208. 

G. Di Martino, Vittorio Alfieri’s tormented relationship with Aeschylus: Agamennone between Tradition and Innovation’, Anabases 29 (2019), 121-133. 

G. Di Martino, ‘Tradurre (e interpretare) Alcesti. La versione di Massimiliano Civica’, in Stratagemmi 32 (2015) 59-102. 

G. Di Martino and F. Macintosh, ‘Alcestis on the British Stage. Interview with Fiona Macintosh’, in Stratagemmi 32 (2015) 139-151. 

 

Reviews:

G. Di Martino, ‘Luis Alfaro, The Greek Trilogy of Luis Alfaro. Edited by Rosa Andújar, Methuen Drama series, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020, pp. 304’, Skenè Journal of Theatre and Drama Studies 7:1 (2021), 231-8. 

G. Di Martino, ‘Troiane classiche e contemporanee, ed. Francesco Citti, Alessandro Iannucci and Antonio Ziosi, Spudasmata, 173’, IJCT (2019) (https://ezproxy-prd.bodleian.ox.ac.uk:4563/10.1007/s12138-019-00516-4).