Laura Orsi

Laura Orsi graduated from the University of Pisa with a thesis on the influence of  Latin playwright Seneca on Shakespeare’s Macbeth. She continued her studies at the Warburg Institute, University of London, where she earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in “Combined historical Studies” with a focus on the Renaissance. She lectured on Renaissance Italian at the Warburg Institute, was Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian at Duke University and taught Italian Language and Culture at Boston University Padua. She was Adjunct Professor of Italian Studies at Franklin University Switzerland, Lugano. She teaches English Language and Culture in the Italian Public School. Her research is focused on the Renaissance as seen from interdisciplinary perspectives and includes publications in both Italian and English on Shakespeare and the Neapolitan philosopher and playwright Giovanni Battista della Porta (1535-1615). Her more recent studies appeared in the 2017 Memorie of the Galileian Academy of Science, Letters and the Arts of Padua (“William Shakespeare e John Florio: una prima analisi comparata linguistico-stilistica”, pp. 140-291) and in the proceedings of the international conference From Giotto to Rosetta: 30 Years of Cometary Science from Space and Ground edited by C. Barbieri and Carlo G. Someda, which was held at the University of Padua in 2016 (“Stars and Comets in Shakespeare”, published by the Galileian Academy’s printing house, 2017, pp. 297-339). Her edition of the hitherto unpublished autobiography of Italian thinker and historian Mario Manlio Rossi (1895-1971) is forthcoming (Genoa, Città del Silenzio, 2021, 226 pages).