Marianna Liguori (1994) is currently a Post-doctoral researcher in Italian Studies at the University of Padua. She started her studies in Rome, at the Sapienza University, with a BA thesis (2015) on the Italian poet Vittoria Colonna, and a MA thesis (2017) on the correspondence of the Renaissance writer Annibal Caro, completed in the School for Advanced Studies of the same University. She obtained her Phd in Italian Literature at the University of Padova (April 2021), preparing a critical edition with notes of Vittoria Colonna’s Carteggio. During her Phd she was visiting student at the University of Oxford (spring 2019); right after the end of her three-year doctorate she spent 5 months at Aix-Marseille Université (February - June 2021) as a contractual teacher of Italian Renaissance Literature and Culture. In June 2021 she obtained a Post-doctoral scholarship at the University of Padua, working on a project on Torquato Tasso’s Library.
During the last few years, she also been awarded some short research grants to collaborate with the University of Bergamo (a 5 months project dedicated to the study of Torquato Tasso’s letters, in 2016, and a 3 months project dedicated to Patronage of Arts and Letters from 1590-1620, in 2021). Her research focuses on Italian literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In particular, she has worked on correspondences of Renaissance and Baroque authors (above all Vittoria Colonna), studied from a philological and above all historical point of view, as precious documents in the analysis of problems of literary, religious and political history of the Early Modern era. Recently, she has also dedicated her attention to the relationship between figurative Arts and Literature in early seventeenth-century poetry.