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Dr Lisa Sampson

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Dr Lisa Sampson

Dr Lisa Sampson

Address

FC 344 Italian Department (SELCS)
London
WC1E 6BT

Appointments

  • Reader in Early Modern Italian Studies
    SELCS
    Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL

2016-10-01

Dr Lisa Sampson works on early modern Italy, focusing on theatre and literary culture, women’s writing, academies and court culture. She is the author of Pastoral Drama in Early Modern Italy: The making of a new genre (2006). Her co-edited Italian Academies 1525-1700: Networks of Culture, Innovation and Dissent (2016) results from a major AHRC collaborative project on Italian Academies, 1525-1700: The first intellectual networks of Early Modern Europe, on which she was a Senior Investigator (CI), with partners from Royal Holloway, London, and the British Library. She is currently preparing a monograph on Theatre in the Academies of Early Modern Italy: Festivity, Learning and Cultural Transformations, for which she has benefitted from the recent award of a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship (2016). She is also working on a co-edition of “Gentlewoman of Lucca” (Leonora Bernardi), A Pastoral Tragicomedy for ‘The Other voice in Early Modern Europe’ series. This presents a fascinating and barely known example of female-authored drama from the late sixteenth century. Lisa Sampson is the co-editor also of two more of the earliest known full-length secular plays by women writers for the same series: (with Virginia Cox) Maddalena Campiglia, Flori. A pastoral play (2004; Best Scholarly Edition award 2004, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women) and (with Barbara Burgess-Van Aken) Barbara Torelli Benedetti, Partenia. A pastoral play (2013; Best Scholarly Edition award 2013, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women). Dr Sampson is also Senior Co-Editor of The Italianist, and serves on the editorial board of the book series ‘Women and Gender in Italy (1500-1900)/Donne e gender in Italy (1500-1900)’ (Classiques Garnier) and ‘La Scena e l’Ombra’ (Vecchiarelli). 


I gained my PhD in 2000 from the University of Cambridge, where I also took my BA (Italian and French) and M.Phil. (European Literature). I have also studied at the Conservatorio "Cherubini", Florence (Diploma, violin).

I held a British Academy Post-doctoral Research Fellowship (Cambridge) concurrently with a Junior Research Fellowship (Wolfson College, Cambridge) in 2000-2003. Recently, I have been awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship (2016).

Prior to joining UCL in Autumn 2016 I taught for several years at the University of Reading, and also at the University of Bristol.