With an M.A. (Literature and Language) and a B. A. (Italian Studies) from the University of Rome “La Sapienza,” Vincenzo Allegrini is a visiting graduate student in the UCLA Department of Italian (Spring Quarter 2017). He comes from the Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS) in Pisa, where he is currently pursuing his third year of the PhD program in Modern Literature and Philology. Vincenzo is interested in 18th and 19th-century Italian literature and philosophy, with particular emphasis on Giacomo Leopardi’s oeuvre. More specifically, for his PhD research he plans to study how – in the era of modern print and the decline of traditional rhetoric – new mnemonic techniques and innovative philosophical theories of memory interact with the processes of writing and literary creation. His research interests also include Renaissance authors Ludovico Ariosto and Teofilo Folengo.
Department of Italian
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