Professor Brian Richardson

Professor Brian Richardson


I studied Italian at the universities of Oxford and London. Before moving to Leeds in 1977, I taught at the universities of Strathclyde and Aberdeen.

Research interests

My research has centred on the history of the Italian language and the history of the circulation of texts in the early modern period. I held a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship in 1999–2000 and a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship from 2005 to 2008. In 2009 I was co-investigator in an AHRC Workshops project on Scribal Culture in Italy 1450–1650. I gave the Panizzi lectures for 2012 at the British Library on the topic of Women, Books and Communities in Renaissance Italy. In 2011–15 I was principal investigator of a project, funded by the European Research Council, entitled Oral Culture, Manuscript and Print in Early Modern Italy, 1450–1700. From 1996 to 2000 I was Senior Editor of the journal Italian Studies, and from 2003 to 2013 I was general editor of the Modern Language Review. I was elected as a fellow of the British Academy in 2003 and as a foreign corresponding fellow of the Accademia della Crusca in 2017. I was appointed Commendatore dell'Ordine della Stella d'Italia in 2006.

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