Dr Shanti Graheli

  • Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Research Fellow Comparative Literature and Translation (School of Modern Languages and Cultures)

Research interests

My academic work is a combination of literary and historical studies, with a focus on the materiality of Renaissance books and texts. I have published various studies exploring different aspects of print culture, from the production, to the dissemination and reception of texts in early modern Europe, especially across the borders between Italy and France. I am particularly interested in early publishing firms that managed to establish a strong connection with their anonymous public, such as the Manuzio and the Giolito ateliers in Renaissance Venice. 

As Lord Kelvin Adam Smith fellow in Comparative Literature and Translation, I am undertaking a project entitled "A European Bestseller: The Orlando Furioso and Its Readers", which investigates how the mutual influence between publishers and readers shaped the marketplace of print and, in this particular case, the popularity of a specific text. Thanks to the printing press and its formidable networks, Ludovico Ariosto's epic poem Orlando Furioso achieved a remarkable popularity short after its first redaction (1516). Readers’ appetite for the intricate story led to the publication of many complete editions, abridgements, translations, and spin-offs of the original text. My project aims to evaluate the relationship between production, distribution, and consumption of the Furioso in early modern Europe, in order to assess how the text was used and perceived by its contemporaries. This printed corpus offers exceptional insights into the emerging relationship between publishers and readers in the Renaissance, fostered by marketing strategies such as serialisation, branding, and re-adaptation. The same dynamics still apply to today’s readership, and are key to understanding how readers relate to fiction, of all types and of all times. 

While I pursue this project, I am currently completing my first monograph, Italian Books and the French Renaissance. This study will offer a substantial new contribution to understand the fortune and dissemination of Italian culture in early modern Europe, by taking into account issues of cultural and linguistic integration, translation practices and readership, and proto-national identity. 


Grants

2017-2018 Short-term visiting fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC, for the project "A European Bestseller: The Orlando Furioso and Its Readers".

2016-2017 Major Grant from the Bibliographical Society, Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association Award, for the project “French Libraries in the Long Renaissance”.

2016-2017 Residential postdoctoral fellowship “Andreazza” awarded by the Cini Foundation in Venice, for the project “L’antiquariato italiano nei secoli XX-XXI e la rarità del libro antico” (Italian antiquarian booksellers in the 20th and 21st century and the rarity of the book). 

 


Supervision

Any aspects of Renaissance literature and culture, with a particular focus on issues related to print culture, knowledge exchange, the transmission and reception of texts.


Teaching

I contribute to the following modules:

- Comparative Literature 1A - Heroes;

- Italian Culture 2.

 

Office hours: by email appointment.


Additional Information

Recent invited talks and lectures

27 June 2017   Knowledge, Print, and Power: The Rise and Fall of the Accademia Veneziana, invited talk, University of Warwick.

6 December 2016   Dove i libri sono tutti monadi. Benvenuti a The World’s Rarest Books, Guest lecture for students of Material Bibliography at the University of Udine.

5 December 2016   Il mondo del libro antico in un guscio di noce: introduzione all’USTC, Guest lecture for students of Catalogue Techniques at the University of Udine.

21 April 2016   Il friulano Giulio Camillo. Dal computer rinascimentale alla tipografia, Public lecture. Udine, Biblioteca Civica Vincenzo Joppi.

19 April 2016   Big Data e piccoli progetti. Dove va la storia del libro?, Guest lecture for students of Catalogue Techniques at the University of Udine.

16 October 2015   Lo Universal Short Title Catalogue e la bibliografia nell’era digitale, Guest lecture for students of Material Bibliography at the University of Udine.

15 October 2015   Aldo Manuzio, i suoi lettori e il mercato internazionale del libro, Lecture for the general public. Venice, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana.

6 February 2015   The Accademia Veneziana: Strategies and Failures of a Renaissance Publishing Venture, International Conference: The Afterlife of Aldus, Warburg Institute.

 

International Collaborations

Participant to EDPOP: The European Dimensions of Popular Print Culture (https://edpop.wp.hum.uu.nl/). 

Associate of the USTC - The Universal Short Title Catalogue, directed by Andrew Pettegree, University of St Andrews (http://ustc.ac.uk/).

Participant to EDITEF - L’édition italienne dans l’espace francophone à la première modernité, directed by Chiara Lastraioli, Université F. Rabelais, Tours (http://www.editef.univ-tours.fr/).

Participant to the Daniele Barbaro (1514-70): In and Beyond the Text project, directed by Laura Moretti, University of St Andrews (https://arts.st-andrews.ac.uk/danielebarbaro/); co-ordinator of the census of early modern editions and copies.

 

Learned Societies

The Bibliographical Society (http://www.bibsoc.org.uk/ )

Society for Italian Studies (http://italianstudies.org.uk/ )

 


Publications

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2018

Graheli, S. (2018) The Accademia Veneziana and the myth of Aldus. In: Kraye, J. and Sachet, P. (eds.) The Afterlife of Aldus. The Warburg Institute and The Bibliographical Society. ISBN 9780908590558 (In Press)

Graheli, S. (2018) Aldine editions in early modern French collections. In: Kraye, J. (ed.) The Afterlife of Aldus: Posthumous Fame, Collectors and the Book Trade. The Warburg Institute and The Bibliographical Society. ISBN 9780908590558 (In Press)

2017

Graheli, S. (2017) Italian books and French medical libraries in the Renaissance. In: Bellingradt, D., Nelles, P. and Salman, J. (eds.) Books in Motion in Early Modern Europe: Beyond Production, Circulation and Consumption. Series: New directions in book history. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, pp. 243-266. ISBN 9783319533650 (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-53366-7_11)

Graheli, S. (2017) Collections of Italian ordinance broadsheets in Parisian libraries c. 1500-1650. In: Pettegree, A. (ed.) Broadsheets: Single-sheet Publishing in the First Age of Print. Series: Library of the written word (60). Brill: Leiden ; Boston, pp. 188-206. ISBN 9789004340305 (doi:10.1163/9789004340312_009)

Graheli, S. (2017) Daniele Barbaro e la Repubblica delle Lettere. In: Caye, P., Lemerle, F., Moretti, L. and Zara, V. (eds.) Daniele Barbaro: vénitien, patricien, humanist. Brepols. ISBN 9782503575513

2016

Graheli, S. (2016) Aldo Manuzio e il Rinascimento Francese. In: Infelise, M. (ed.) Aldo Manuzio: la costruzione del mito = Aldus Manutius : the Making of Myth. Marsilio: Venice, pp. 259-274. ISBN 9788831725941

Graheli, S. (2016) Aldo, i suoi lettori e il mercato internazionale del libro. In: Plebani, T. (ed.) Aldo al Lettore. Viaggio intorno al mondo del libro e della stampa in occasione del V Centenario della morte di Aldo Manuzi. Series: Miscellanea marciana (21). Edizioni Unicopli: Milano, pp. 151-172. ISBN 9788840019307

Graheli, S. (2016) How to build a library across early modern Europe: The network of Claude Expilly. In: McLean, M. and Barker, S. (eds.) International Exchange in the European Book World. Series: Library of the written word (51). Brill: Leiden, pp. 171-213. ISBN 9789004316447

2015

Graheli, S. (2015) Daniele Bárbaro e le accademie venete del Cinquecento. In: Marcon, S. and Moretti, L. (eds.) Daniele Barbaro, 1514-70: letteratura, scienza e arti nella Venezia del Rinascimento. Antiga Edizioni: Venice, pp. 65-68. ISBN 9788897784876

Graheli, S. (2015) La circolazione libraria lungo la Loira nel Rinascimento: il caso del libro italiano. In: Baldacchini, L. (ed.) Il libro e le sue reti: la circolazione dell'edizione italiana nello spazio della francofonia (sec. XVI-XVII). Series: Studi sul patrimonio culturale (2). Bononia University Press: Bologna, pp. 73-92. ISBN 9788869230868

2013

Graheli, S. (2013) Reading the history of the Academia Venetiana through its booklists. In: Walsby, M. and Constantinidou, N. (eds.) Documenting the Early Modern Book World: Inventories and Catalogues in Manuscript and Print. Series: Library of the written word (31). Brill: Leiden, pp. 283-319. ISBN 9789004258891

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Book Sections

Graheli, S. (2018) The Accademia Veneziana and the myth of Aldus. In: Kraye, J. and Sachet, P. (eds.) The Afterlife of Aldus. The Warburg Institute and The Bibliographical Society. ISBN 9780908590558 (In Press)

Graheli, S. (2018) Aldine editions in early modern French collections. In: Kraye, J. (ed.) The Afterlife of Aldus: Posthumous Fame, Collectors and the Book Trade. The Warburg Institute and The Bibliographical Society. ISBN 9780908590558 (In Press)

Graheli, S. (2017) Italian books and French medical libraries in the Renaissance. In: Bellingradt, D., Nelles, P. and Salman, J. (eds.) Books in Motion in Early Modern Europe: Beyond Production, Circulation and Consumption. Series: New directions in book history. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, pp. 243-266. ISBN 9783319533650 (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-53366-7_11)

Graheli, S. (2017) Collections of Italian ordinance broadsheets in Parisian libraries c. 1500-1650. In: Pettegree, A. (ed.) Broadsheets: Single-sheet Publishing in the First Age of Print. Series: Library of the written word (60). Brill: Leiden ; Boston, pp. 188-206. ISBN 9789004340305 (doi:10.1163/9789004340312_009)

Graheli, S. (2017) Daniele Barbaro e la Repubblica delle Lettere. In: Caye, P., Lemerle, F., Moretti, L. and Zara, V. (eds.) Daniele Barbaro: vénitien, patricien, humanist. Brepols. ISBN 9782503575513

Graheli, S. (2016) Aldo Manuzio e il Rinascimento Francese. In: Infelise, M. (ed.) Aldo Manuzio: la costruzione del mito = Aldus Manutius : the Making of Myth. Marsilio: Venice, pp. 259-274. ISBN 9788831725941

Graheli, S. (2016) Aldo, i suoi lettori e il mercato internazionale del libro. In: Plebani, T. (ed.) Aldo al Lettore. Viaggio intorno al mondo del libro e della stampa in occasione del V Centenario della morte di Aldo Manuzi. Series: Miscellanea marciana (21). Edizioni Unicopli: Milano, pp. 151-172. ISBN 9788840019307

Graheli, S. (2016) How to build a library across early modern Europe: The network of Claude Expilly. In: McLean, M. and Barker, S. (eds.) International Exchange in the European Book World. Series: Library of the written word (51). Brill: Leiden, pp. 171-213. ISBN 9789004316447

Graheli, S. (2015) Daniele Bárbaro e le accademie venete del Cinquecento. In: Marcon, S. and Moretti, L. (eds.) Daniele Barbaro, 1514-70: letteratura, scienza e arti nella Venezia del Rinascimento. Antiga Edizioni: Venice, pp. 65-68. ISBN 9788897784876

Graheli, S. (2015) La circolazione libraria lungo la Loira nel Rinascimento: il caso del libro italiano. In: Baldacchini, L. (ed.) Il libro e le sue reti: la circolazione dell'edizione italiana nello spazio della francofonia (sec. XVI-XVII). Series: Studi sul patrimonio culturale (2). Bononia University Press: Bologna, pp. 73-92. ISBN 9788869230868

Graheli, S. (2013) Reading the history of the Academia Venetiana through its booklists. In: Walsby, M. and Constantinidou, N. (eds.) Documenting the Early Modern Book World: Inventories and Catalogues in Manuscript and Print. Series: Library of the written word (31). Brill: Leiden, pp. 283-319. ISBN 9789004258891

This list was generated on Tue Feb 20 07:50:03 2018 GMT.