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Professor Claire Honess

Leeds-HKU Conference: Moving Beyond Research to Engagement and Impact

Speakers and Panelists

Professor Claire Honess


Professor Claire Honess
Professor of Italian Studies, and Co-Director of the Leeds Centre for Dante Studies, University of Leeds

Panel Discussion: Impact Case Studies as Food for Thought in Shaping the Faculty or Institutional Impact Agenda


Claire Honess graduated in 1989 with a degree in Italian and French from the University of Reading. She went on to do a PhD on the image of the city in Dante's writing, and Dante is still her main area of research interest. Her book, From Florence to the Heavenly City: The Poetry of Citizenship in Dante, appeared in 2006; she has a continuing interest in medieval political poetry and, in particular, in the way in which Dante uses political ideas and imagery. She has recently translated four of Dante's Latin letters on political themes into English. She is co-investigator on the AHRC-funded project, Dante and Late-Medieval Florence: Theology in Poetry, Practice and Society, and a Co-Director of the Leeds Centre for Dante Studies. She has spoken about Dante on BBC Radio 4's 'In Our Time' and 'Great Lives' programmes.

She has also written on modern Italian authors, most notably Elio Vittorini, and she teaches modules on modern literature (in particular, the works of Primo Levi). She is an editor of the journal The Italianist, and she also has an interest in the teaching of reading skills in Italian.

She taught at the University of Reading and at Royal Holloway, University of London, before coming to Leeds in August 2003.

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