Dr Marina Ansaldo

Marina is currently working as Research Support Officer in NUI Galway. She lectured in English Literature in University College Dublin from 2012 to 2016. Her research interests include late medieval and early modern literature; early modern drama, with a particular focus on Shakespeare; early modern print culture and book history; travel literature; digital humanities and Shakespeare on film. Her PhD thesis (NUI Galway) explores the shifting representations and functions of Fortune in different versions of the Troilus and Cressida story, focusing on Boccaccio’s Filostrato, Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde and Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida.

Marina worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher on two separate Digital Humanities projects. In UCD, she developed Reading East: Irish Sources and Resources (www.ucd.ie/readingeast). This website hosts a selective descriptive catalogue of early modern printed texts held in Dublin research libraries that attest to contact between Europe and the East. Subsequently, she worked on Ireland Illustrated, an online database showcasing images of Ireland that appeared as part of travel accounts, both manuscript and printed, created before 1850. The project represents a collaboration between the Moore Institute (NUI Galway) and the National Library of Ireland.

Her publications include an article on the iconography of Occasio in Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida (Explorations in Renaissance Culture 42.1) and a comparative study of the character of Cressida in Boccaccio’s and Chaucer’s versions of the story of Troilus (The Imbas Journal II). She presented papers at various international conferences, including a study of the iconography of Fortune in early printers’ and publishers’ marks at RSA 2015, a paper on the iconography of Fortune in Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida at SCSC 2012, and a public lecture on the representation of worldly love in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde and The Knight’s Tale during the Edward Worth Library 2013 Spring Lecture Series. Marina also participated to Early Modern Digital Agendas: Advanced Topics (the Folger Shakespeare Library, 2015).