Helena Sanson
University of Cambridge
Department of Italian

Helena Sanson is Senior Lecturer in post-Medieval Italian studies at the Department of Italian. Her interdisciplinary research combines the history of linguistic thought and women’s history in Italy. Her forthcoming monograph Women, Language and Grammar in Italy, 1500-1900 investigates the role played by women in the Italian linguistic tradition as addressees, readers or authors of grammatical texts from the sixteenth century until the end of the nineteenth. She studied Modern and Medieval Languages in Italy and specialized in Comparative Philology with a thesis on the influences of Old Norse on Old English. She then became interested in the linguistic debates of Renaissance Italy and in gender issues and she combined these subjects in her PhD project at the University of Reading. Her doctoral dissertation was published in 2007 with the Accademia della Crusca in Florence, the oldest linguistic academy in Europe, founded in 1582. She has been at the University of Cambridge since 2003, first as a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow (2003-5) and then in her current role as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer.
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