Paola D’Andrea

Postdoctoral Fellow - IFIKK
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Room GM 517
Visiting address Blindernveien 31 Georg Morgenstiernes hus 0313 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1020 Blindern 0315 Oslo

Academic interests

Classical Reception, Comparative Literature, Neo-Latin, Translation


Born and raised in Milan, I first learnt Ancient Greek and Latin at secondary school. I hold a BA in Humanities and an MA in Modern Humanities (Italian and Romance Literature, Linguistics and Philology) from the State University of Milan. After one academic year as an Erasmus student in Grenoble, I moved to Oxford, where I took a D.Phil. in Classical Languages and Literature with specialisation in Classical Reception. My thesis is entitled Classical Reception in Sir Walter Scott's Scottish Novels. The Role of Greece and Rome in the Making of Historic-National Fiction. The work assesses the function of Graeco-Roman intertexts that Walter Scott includes in a selection of his historical fiction, which I interpret as a way to renegotiate the controversial question of Scottish national identity within the framework of the British Empire. Before coming to Oslo, I obtained a lectureship in Comparative Literature at NTNU Trondheim, where I taught for two and a half years. After that, I have joined the Department of Philosophy, Classics, and History of Art and Ideas (IFIKK), where I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Classical Reception Studies, within the project "New Signs of Antiquity. The Uses of Latin in the Public Culture of Fascist Italy (1922–1943). My academic monograph Il latino allo specchio. Riflessi dell’antico nel romanzo di Stendhal, is currently under revision for publication (Quodlibet Studio. Lettere. Macerata, Italy).


  • D. Phil. Classical Languages and Literature, University of Oxford, 2016

  • MA Modern Humanities (Italian and Romance Literature, Linguistics and Philology), Università degli Studi di Milano, 2010, summa cum laude
  • Erasmus visiting student, Université Stendhal Grenoble 3, 2008–2009
  • BA Humanities, Università degli Studi di Milano, 2007, summa cum laude
  • High School Diploma, Liceo Classico Statale "Alessandro Manzoni", Milano, 2004, grade: 100/100


My academic teaching portfolio spans across three main fields: Classical Languages; General and Comparative Literature; Literary Theory and Criticism. I have taught on these subjects at both undergraduate and graduate level, in the UK and, more recently, Norway.

  • as University Lecturer at NTNU, Trondheim (2018–2020) I taught all the fundamental modules in the ALIT Literature, namely: Epic, Lyric, Drama and Poetics. I also taught Advanced Specialisation Courses, amongst which: Literature before the 1800s; General Literary Theory. I also supervised both bachelor's and master's theses in the subjects above. Furthermore, I was given full responsibility for a pilot project aiming to implement a new concept for group lessons, by combining together individual essay writing and focus group discussions.
  • as Graduate Instructor and Tutor at the University of Oxford (2013–2015) I taught Latin language and Literature in the form of Reading Classes (Catullus and Propertius; Seneca); Tutorials (Ovid); Unseen Translation.



D'Andrea, Paola (2021). Longum Bibebat amorem: Virgilian Adaptation of Sympotic Poetry. In Harrison, Stephen J.; Thorsen, Thea S. & Brecke, Iris (Ed.), Greek and Latin Love. The Poetic Connection. Walter de Gruyter (De Gruyter). ISBN 978-3-11-063059-6. pp. 125–144.


Tags: Classics, Classical tradition, Reception Studies, History of ideas, Comparative literature


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