Simone Testa, Ph.D.

Course Taught at the Institute
Florence: The Story of the City

Credentials
Royal Holloway University of London, Ph.D.

University of Edinburgh, MSc

University of Bologna, BA

Relevant Projects/Publications

Graphic Novel: Project creator and writer of the texts and co-author of Introduction of Vita di Niccolò Machiavelli cittadino fiorentino (Bologna: Minerva edizioni, forthcoming in February 2019).

Monograph: Italian Academies and their Networks (1525-1700). From Local to Global, in Italian and Italian American Studies series, ed. by Stanislao Pugliese (New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2015), 304pp.

Critical Edition: Scipione di Castro e il suo trattato politico. Testo critico e traduzione inglese inedita del Seicento, in Cinquecento series (Manziana [Rome]: Vecchiarelli, 2012), 203pp.

Peer-reviewed Journals

‘Academies’, in Oxford Bibliographies in Renaissance and Reformation, ed. Margareth King and others (Submitted).

“Avventura scritta per gioco”. La presenza di Italo Calvino nella sceneggiatura di Domani accadrà di Daniele Luchetti’, in Tradizione e innovazione nella letteratura e nel cinema contemporanei, special issue of La libellula. Rivista di italianistica online, 4 (2012), pp. 13-26.

‘Studi recenti sulla cultura manoscritta’, commissioned by Scribal Culture in Italy. 1450-1700, eds Brian Richardson and Filippo De Vivo, special issue of Italian studies, 66, 2 (2011), pp. 277–85

‘Le Accademie senesi e il network intellettuale della prima eta’ moderna in Italia (1530-1700). Un progetto online’, preface by Jane Everson, commissioned by Bullettino senese di storia patria, 117 (2010), pp. 613-37 (8 ill.).

‘Death of a Political Informer – Camillo Volta the Roman Agent of the duc de Nevers. Notes on Work in Progress’, commissioned by the electronic issue of Lives and Letters 2, 1 (2010), pp. 1-8

Chapters in Edited Volumes

‘Reason of state’, for Encyclopaedia of Renaissance Philosophy, ed. by Marco Sgarbi (Springer: forthcoming in 2020)

Che l’amore seguiti l’interesse”. Considerations on Giovanfrancesco Lottini’s Discorso sul Conclave’, in The Art and Language of Power in Renaissance Florence: Essays for Alison Brown, eds. Amy Bloch, Luca Boschetto, Carolyn James, and Camilla Russell ( Toronto: Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies, forthcoming)

‘Treasures of Knowledge: Thesoro as a Handbook in the Sixteenth Century’, in Essays in Honour of Jane Everson, ed. by Stefano Jossa and Giuliana Pieri, in the Series Italian perspectives (Oxford: Legenda, 2017), pp. 123-34

‘Italian Academies and their “facebooks”’, in Italian Academies 1525-1700. The First Intellectual Networks of Early-Modern Europe. Proceedings of the International Conference (The British Library, September 2012), ed. Jane Everson, Denis Reidy, Lisa Sampson (Oxford: Legenda, May 2016), pp. 197-212

Entries ‘Peranda, Giovanfrancesco’, and ‘Peretti, Alessandro’, in Dizionario biografico degli italiani, vol. 82 (Rome: Istituto dell’enciclopedia italiana, 2015)

Reviews

Machiavelli. Enciclopedia machiavelliana, 3 vols, ed. by Gennaro Sasso e Giorgio Inglese (Rome: Istituto dell’enciclopedia, 2014), in Modern Language Review, 112 (2017), pp. 156-59

Gli Incogniti e l’Europa, ed. Davide Conrieri (Bologna: I libri di Emil, 2011), in Modern Language Review, 108 (2013), pp. 311-12

Storie inglesi. L’Inghilterra vista dall’Italia tra storia e romanzo. Con l’edizione del Cappuccino Scozzese di Giovan Battista Rinuccini (1644) e del Cromuele di Girolamo Graziani (1671), ed. Clizia Carminati and Stefano Villani (Pisa, Edizioni della Normale, 2011), in Modern Language Review, 107 (2012), pp. 1271-72

The first translations of Machiavelli’s ‘Prince’. From the sixteenth to the first half of the nineteenth Century, ed. Roberto De Pol (Amsterdam–New York: Rodopi, 2010); Alessandra Petrina, Machiavelli in the British Isles: two early modern translations of ‘The Prince’ (Farnham: Ashgate, 2009), in Modern Language Review, 107 (2012), pp. 634-36

Guido Ruggiero, Machiavelli in Love. Sex, Self, and Society in the Italian Renaissance (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007), in Italian Studies, 65, 3 (2010).

Teaching Philosophy

I try to convey the idea that to speak about the past is a way of speaking about the present, and also that “history is a foreign country”. I also aim to make students aware how much their experience in Florence is part of an ancient tradition, to which they bring new life and emphasis by looking at the past with the eyes of their generation.

Most Rewarding Moment

I love when students participate in the class with questions and doubts, and when they realize the direct link between the past and the present.

Favorite Quote

“Who dares to teach must never cease to learn” (John Cotton Dana)