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Welcome to the Department of Italian; Benvenuti al Dipartimento di Italianistica

Department of Italian

Trinity has the world's oldest tradition of university-level Italian studies, dating back to 1776. Today, our core staff of 3 Italianists, ably assisted by an emeritus professor, a postgraduate language assistant and highly experienced language instructors, teach Italian from beginner to PhD level, and participate actively in Trinity's integrated spectrum of language-based cultural studies. In recent years we have helped to develop and sustain interdisciplinary Masters degrees in Medieval Studies, Literary Translation, Comparative Literature, European Studies, Textual and Visual Studies.

Trinity College (established 1592) is exceptionally strong in languages: more than a dozen languages are currently taught in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies, part of a large and diverse Faculty of Arts & Humanities. (For links, click on the navigation bar.) In Italian, we offer two four-year degree courses: the European Studies degree, and Italian language, literature and culture as one half of a Two-Subject Moderatorship. Including postgraduate researchers, there are over 120 students in the Department. For the 2015-16 Handbook, click here.

Department office: Room 4087, Arts Building, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland. Telephone and fax (+353-1-) 8962062 ||| Contact a staff member: please click here ||| The "Staff" tab above lists most of our contributing teachers - for a little more detail please click here. Comments and suggestions for the site are always welcome.

  • NEWS: Paradiso podcasts: click here

  • Prospective students - Watch "Choose Italian" video on this link

RECENT NEWS: Society for Italian Studies 'Turning Points' conference, 29-30 April 2016

NEWS 2015: Dante at 750: A complete reading of the Comedy

NEWS 2014: Nine volumes of research now available online: The first nine volumes of Quaderni italiani di cultura 1999-2012, edited by Roberto Bertoni and published by Trauben (Torino) in association with Department of Italian, Trinity College Dublin, are available online. Volume n. 10 (SCORCI DI COREA / GLIMPSES OF KOREA) is available in printed book format from

NEWS 2011: Speakers and events, Autumn 2011: Dante scholar Z.G. Baranski: READ MORE... 150 Years of Italian Unity: READ MORE... Italian Cultural Institute brings writers to Ireland: READ MORE... + Latest staff publications: Specchi di realtà; Calvino e il teatro; Una soluzione irlandese ...

NEWS 2008/09: Italian Department Honours: Commendatore, TCD Fellowship, Fulbright, IRCHSS Postdoctoral Award, Presidency of international Italian professors' association... READ MORE...

NEWS 2007: The Severgnini-Borlenghi collection

A donation of books from the library of Aldo Borlenghi was installed in the Italian seminar room in Summer 2007. READ MORE...

Last updated 28 May 2016