Dr Julie Robarts

PhD Italian Studies, University of Melbourne 2019, MA Italian Studies, University of Melbourne, BA (Hons) History and Italian, La Trobe University.
Research Officer, School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics, Early Modern Women's Marginalia, Future Fellowship of Professor Rosalind Smith
College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Literary Studies 2005
  • Literature In Italian 200513
  • Language Studies 2003
  • Italian Language 200309
  • Historical Studies 2103
  • European History (Excl. British, Classical Greek And Roman) 210307
  • Cultural Studies 2002
  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality 200205

Research interests

I am a literary and cultural historian of early modern Italy, particularly interested in gender and authorship.

Biography

Julie Robarts is a Research Officer in the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics, where she is research assistant on the future fellowship project Marginalia and the Early Modern Woman Writer, and the Linkage project collaborating with State Library Victoria on the Emmerson collection.

Her research contributes to the emerging and interdisciplinary field of gender, performativity, and cultural production. She completed her MA (2009) and PhD in Italian Studies (2019), at the University of Melbourne. After an honours degree in Italian Language and Early Modern History at La Trobe University she pursued research on gender and cultural production in Early Modern Italy, through the study of the writing of Venetian Benedictine nun, Arcangela Tarabotti (1604-1652), and Roman virtuosa singer, Margherita Costa (fl. 1628-1654). Her research traces the ways in which these women’s texts and authorial personae were shaped within the literary circles that supported them, and through their use of the male literary authorities they chose to imitate, challenge and subvert, in their writing. These studies combine material, formal and intertextual methods of analysis of the prose (Tarabotti) and poetic works (Costa) of these authors. These studies join a growing scholarship that is providing a counter-narrative to earlier characterisations of the Baroque as a period of cultural decay, and that is revealing the crucial role played by women as patrons and cultural producers in this period.

Her current projects include a monograph on Margherita Costa, “Challenging Male Authored Poetry: Margherita Costa’s Marinist Lyrics 1639-39,” for the University of Delaware Press, Early Modern Feminisms series, and an English translation of Galileo Galilei’s Mecaniche, for the first complete English critical edition of that work. In 2017 she received an ACIS Cassamarca Foundation Scholarship to fund two months research in Florence and Rome. In 2019/20 she received a Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation Commonwealth grant for research in Venice, on a new project “Barbara Stozzi in the debates over the Unisoni, a philological and textual analysis,” where she identified previously unknown manuscript examples of the texts.

Researcher's projects

  • Thesis to Monograph, under contract with the University of Delaware Press, Early Modern Feminisms Series, “Challenging Male Authored Poetry: Margherita Costa’s Marinist Corpus.” Final manuscript submission March 2022.
  • English translation of Galileo Galilei’s Mecaniche, for the first complete English critical edition of that work, with ed. Prof. Raffaele Pisano, Lille University, France, Publication December 2021, under contract with Springer.
  • Barbara Stozzi in the debates over the Unisoni, a philological and textual analysis.

Publications

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