Eleanor Webb

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Ph.D. StudentRalph S. Shay Fellow

My research focuses on the thought and culture of early modern Europe, with a particular emphasis on Italy. I focus especially on the Platonic and Aristotelian traditions and their development in the Italian vernacular through the Renaissance period. In this regard I am interested in the nature and scope of scholarly exchange between various loci of Renaissance learning (universities, academies and courts) and the relationship between Latin and vernacular scholarship more generally. I am also interested in the impact of the Catholic Reformation on the development of Italian philosophical thought in light of Catholic censorship. 


Before Penn, I earned a B.A. in History and M.A. in Culture of the European Renaissance from the University of Warwick’s Renaissance Centre. Having achieved a Best Overall Performance prize in my History BA (2016-17), I published my undergraduate thesis in Comitatus. I was then awarded the Martin Lowry Prize for Highest Overall Achievement for my M.A. work. 


I currently act as Assistant Editor for Bibliotheca Dantesca, an international peer-reviewed journal dedicated to Dante studies. 


Advisor: Professor Ann Moyer 


M.A. Culture of the European Renaissance, University of Warwick Centre for the Study of the Renaissance (2018)

B.A.(Hons) History, University of Warwick (2017)

Research Interests

Philosophy; intellectual history; Reformation history; Renaissance Italy; early modern literature; vernacular; print; book history

Selected Publications

Platonic Love and Aristotelian Ethics in Alessandro Piccolomini’s Institutione (1542)’ in Harmony and Contrast: Plato and Aristotle in the Early Modern Period, ed. Anna Corrias and Eva Del Soldato (Oxford: Oxford University Press) (forthcoming)

Femmina masculo e masculo femmina: Androgynous Beauty and Ambiguous Sexualities in the Italian Renaissance’, Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 49 (2018), pp. 103-35.