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Valentina Varinelli

Valentina Varinelli

Doctoral Student in Literature.

Email: v.varinelli2@newcastle.ac.uk

Supervisors

Professor Michael Rossington, Dr Laura Kirkley, and Professor Francis Jones (SML)

Research project

Percy Bysshe Shelley and the Italian Language: A Literary and Linguistic Analysis, and a New Edition of His Writings in Italian

Percy Bysshe Shelley’s writings in Italian include self-translations, original verse and prose compositions, and letters. Scholars have largely overlooked them on the assumption that they were written for, or as a result of Shelley’s infatuation with, Teresa ‘Emilia’ Viviani, the dedicatee of Epipsychidion, and have reduced them to a by-product of ‘Shelley’s Italian Platonics’. I maintain that this is a reductive reading, which accounts neither for the complexity of Shelley’s works in Italian and their interrelationships with his contemporary works in English, nor for the unusualness of a poet translating himself into a foreign language. Drawing on the evidence of the extant manuscripts, which I have transcribed and edited afresh, my thesis addresses the following questions: how proficient was Shelley in written Italian? What was his approach when translating himself and what does it tell us about his views on translation? Why did he translate a variety of his works into Italian? What prompted him to compose original poetry and prose in that language? Were these writings personal exercises or were they meant for publication? If so, who was his intended audience? What is the place of these writings within the poet’s canon?

Research interests

  • the work of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley
  • romantic theories and practice of translation
  • anglo-Italian literary relations
  • travel writing in Italy
  • textual editing
  • manuscript studies
  • bibliography

Research activities

Publications

Journal articles

  • 'Return to Paradise. Lake Como in the Works of Mary Shelley', in The Shelleys in Milan, 1818-2018, ed. by Marco Canani and Valentina Varinelli (=L'analisi linguistica e letteraria, 27.3 (2019)), 71-80
  • '"[A]ccents of an unknown land": Percy Bysshe Shelley's Writings in Italian', European Romantic Review, 30 (2019), 255-63
  • 'Shelley's Translation from an Italian Canzonetta', Keats-Shellet Journal, 66 (2017), 29-33

Book chapters

  • 'Mourning in Mary Shelley's "The Choice", and the Work of Editing', in Mary Shelley and Europe: Essays in Honour of Jean de Palacio, ed. by Antonella Braida, Studies In Comparative Literature, 55 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2020) (forthcoming)
  • 'Echi e memorie. Este nell'opera di Mary Shelley', in Isole in fiore. Mary e Percy Shelley tra Este, Venezia e i Colli Euganei, ed. by Francesco Selmin (Sommacampagna: Cierre edizioni, 2017), pp. 49-66

Editions

  • The Shelleys in Milan, 1818-2018, ed. by Marco Canani and Valentina Varinelli (=L'analisi linguistica e letteraria, 27.3 (2019))
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley, Teatro, prose e lettere, ed. by Francesco Rognoni with the assistance of Valentina Varinelli, I Meridiani (Milan: Mondadori, 2018). Solely responsible for the edition of the following items: 'L'arco di Tito' (pp.774 and 1215-16); Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley, Storia di un viaggio di sei settimane (pp.821-96 and 1245-85); 'Diario di Ginevra' (pp.887-96 and 1263); 'Lettera di Mary Shelley a Maria Gisborne' (pp. 1066-77 and 1292-93)
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley, Opere poetiche, ed. by Francesco Rognoni with the assistance of Valentina Varinelli, I Meridiani (Milan: Mondadori, 2018). Solely responsible for the edition of the following item: 'Appendice. Versi Italiani' (pp. 1173-95 and 1536-49)

Translations

  • ‘Gli Assassini’; ‘Catalogo dei fenomeni del sogno quale legame fra il sonno e la veglia’; ‘Difficoltà di analizzare la mente umana’; ‘Sull’amicizia’; ‘Uno stato futuro’; ‘Il Colosseo’; ‘L’arco di Tito’; Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley, Storia di un viaggio di sei settimane; ‘Diario di Ginevra’; ‘Lettera di Mary Shelley a Maria Gisborne’, in Percy Bysshe Shelley, Teatro, prose e lettere, ed. by Francesco Rognoni with the assistance of Valentina Varinelli, I Meridiani (Milan: Mondadori, 2018), pp. 559-78, 579-81, 582, 630-31, 632-37, 638-46, 774, 821-85, 887-96, 1066-77

Placements, funding and awards

  • AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership Placement at Keats-Shelley House, Rome, October-December 2019
  • AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship Award
  • NASSR 2018 Graduate Student Paper Prize (awarded by the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism and European Romantic Review to the best postgraduate student paper presented at the 2018 NASSR conference)
  • LVI Premio ‘Agostino Gemelli’ – Facoltà di Scienze Linguistiche e Letterature Straniere (awarded by the alumni association of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, ALUMNI CATTOLICA - Associazione L. Necchi, to the best student of each faculty who graduated in 2015)

Conference presentations and invited talks

  • Percy Bysshe Shelley and the Italian Language. An exploration of the poet’s writings in Italian: invited public talk at Keats-Shelley House, Rome, 15 November 2019
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley and the Fantasy of an Italian Audience: paper presented at the British Association of Romantic Studies 16th International Conference, University of Nottingham, 25-28 July 2019
  • [T]he accents of an unknown land’: Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Writings in Italian: paper presented at the annual meeting of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Brown University, 22-25 June 2018, and at the North East Forum in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, 8 February 2019
  • Return to Paradise. Lake Como in the Works of Mary Shelley: paper presented at ‘The Shelleys in Milan, 1818-2018’ conference, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – Università degli Studi di Milano, 12-13 April 2018
  • New Lights on the Shelleys’ Pisan Circle: paper presented at ‘The Shelley Conference 2017’, Institute of English Studies, University of London, 15-16 September 2017
  • Mary Shelley’s ‘The Choice’ and Her ‘Italian Scenes’: paper presented at the ‘Beyond Frankenstein’s Shadow’ conference, Université de Lorraine, Nancy, 29 April 2016

Conferences organised

  • ‘Humour and Satire in British Romanticism’, Durham University, 13-14 September 2019, https://romantichumourandsatire.wordpress.com/ (with Daniel Norman and Jake Phipps)
  • ‘The Shelleys in Milan, 1818-2018’, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – Università degli Studi di Milano, 12-13 April 2018 (with Marco Canani)

Research groups

  • Newcastle University Middle Modern Group
  • Newcastle University Translation and Interpreting Research Forum

Memberships

  • British Association of Romantic Studies (BARS)
  • Associazione Italiana di Anglistica (AIA)
  • The North-East Forum in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies
  • The Durham University Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies

Academic background

  • MA in Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Universita' Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Brescia
  • BA in Foreign Languages and Literatures, Universita' degli Studi di Bergamo

Website

https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8231-0413