Eva Del Soldato

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Assistant Professor of Romance Languages
Graduate Chair, Italian
Graduate Group Member, Program in Comparative Literature & Literary Theory
Contact Information
Office Location: 
534 Williams Hall
Office Hours: 
Fall 2018: W 2-4

Eva Del Soldato was trained in Philosophy and Intellectual History at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. Her research is primarily devoted to Renaissance thought and culture, with a special attention to the Aristotelian and Platonic traditions. She also cultivates interests in history of book, history of libraries and universities, and in Twentieth-century cultural institutions. She is the author of the monograph Simone Porzio (Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura 2010), and of several articles and editions, including the Italian translation of Bessarion's In calumniatorem Platonis (2014). She has recently co-edited the volume City, Court, Academy. Language Choice in Early Modern Italy (Routledge 2017). She is currently completing two books, one devoted to the strategic uses of Plato and Aristotle as authorities in the Early Modern Period (under contract with University of Pennsylvania Press), and the other one focused on Antonio Brucioli and the Venetian printing world, which takes into consideration the spread of the vernacular as a language of elevated discourse. Before joining Penn, she received - among others - fellowships from the Scuola Normale Superiore, Villa I Tatti, the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbuettel, the Huntington Library in Pasadena and she has been Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Warwick, UK. She is one of the coordinators of the project “Biblioteche filosofiche private in età moderna e contemporanea” (http://www.picus.unica.it/), a member of the editorial board of Rinascimento (https://rinascimentorivistainsr.wordpress.com) and an editor of the Giornale Critico della Filosofia Italiana (http://www.lelettere.it/site/d_Page.asp?IDPagina=42).


Recent Awards

Senior Visiting Professorship, Università Statale di Milano, Dipartimento di Filosofia "Piero Martinetti" (Summer 2019)

SAS Conference Grant-URF Conference Grant (2018)

Huntsman Program Faculty Award (2017)

Trustees’ Council of Penn Women Faculty Research Fellowship, Alice Paul Center, University of Pennsylvania (Academic Year 2016-2017)

Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society (Summer 2015)

Salvatori Research Grant, Center for Italian Studies, University of Pennsylvania, (Summer 2014 and 2016)