Clara Stella

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Postal address Postboks 1020 Blindern 0315 OSLO


Women Writing Saints explores the religious production authored by different categories of modern women writers in Post-Tridentine Italy. The project will explore the depiction of female sanctity and the impact and continuities of the Reformation era in hagiographical representations. The project sees female saint-philosophers to have been models of knowledge, agency, and ethics for many of the women writers who lived in the watershed years before and after the Council of Trent.


This project has received funding from the European Union´s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement 840913.

Academic interests

  • Early modern women writers in Italy
  • Circulation of texts books
  • Hagiography, spiritual poetry, hagiographical narratives
  • Women's contribution to early modern history of knowledge
  • The nexus between literary production and Christian humanism.


  • 2018 Short-Term Postdoctoral Fellow, Leeds Humanities Research Institute (University of Leeds, UK)
  • 2017 PhD in Italian Literature, School of Languages, Cultures and Societies (University of Leeds, UK). Dissertation: Publishing Renaissance Women Poets: The contribution of Domenichi’s Rime diverse d’alcune nobilissime et virtuosissime donne (1559). Funded by University of Leeds 110 Anniversary Scholarship
  • 2014 MA degree in Modern Philology and Criticism, Faculty of Lettere (University of Padua, IT). Thesis: Giovan Battista de’ Calderari: Le Rime Rustiche di Braghin Caldiera di Forabusi da Bolzan. Edizione critica e commento
  • 2012 - 2013: Erasmus Exchange Programme at the University of Chester (UK) 

  • 20011 BA degree in Modern Italian Literature, Faculty of Lettere, University of Padua (IT). Thesis: La sintassi in ‘Versi e Poesie’ di Giacomo Noventa


The project is in collaboration with The Legacy of Birgitta of Sweden: Women, Politics, and Reform in Renaissance Italy funded by The Research Council of Norway (FRIPRO)


  • ‘Il ruolo di Vittoria Colonna nelle “Rime diverse d’alcune nobilissime et virtuosissime donne”’, Italian Studies, 74.3 (2019), 1-18
  • ‘Un’“ardita roca augella” del Rinascimento: Lucia Bertani dell’Oro (1521-1567)’, Schede Umanistiche, 31 (2018), 103-27
  • ‘Tra “Vinegia” e Arno: la biografia in versi di Olimpia Malipiero’, Il Campiello, 2 (2017), 7- 31
  • ‘Dal prò fiorio d’amore. Le Rime rustiche di Giovan Battista Calderari’, in Parole assassonè, paìe, slettrane. Omaggio a Marisa Milana, ed. by Ivano Paccagnella (Cleup: Padova, 2018) pp. 337-54

  • ‘La parola d’autrice tra propaganda e dissenso: alcuni appunti sulla questione politica nelle “Rime diverse d’alcune nobilissime et virtuosissime donne”’, in Vincenzo Busdraghi (1524?-1601): uno stampatore europeo a Lucca, ed. by Davide Martini, Tommaso Maria Rossi, Gaia Elisabetta Unfer Verre (Comune di Lucca: Lucca, 2017), pp. 42-53

  • ‘Italian Studies: Cinquecento (1500–1599)’, The Year's Work in Modern Language Studies,  76 (2016), 276–83;  77 (2017), 105–2;  78 (2018), 271–78 

Tags: History of ideas, History of the Book, Italian Renaissance, Italian Literature
Published Sep. 2, 2019 10:09 AM - Last modified Jan. 30, 2020 9:36 AM