Professor Martin McLaughlin awarded Serena Medal for Italian Literature

Professor Martin McLaughlin was awarded the Serena Medal for Italian Literature by the British Academy on 27 September 2017. The award recognises his ‘leading contribution to Italian studies, particularly Italian Renaissance humanism and literature’.

The Medal was endowed by Mr Arthur Serena following Great Britain’s alliance with Italy in the First World War. It is given annually for ‘eminent services towards the furtherance of the study of Italian history, literature, art and economics’. Previous winners of the Serena Medal include two predecessors in the Oxford Chair, John Woodhouse and Cecil Grayson. Other winners include Benedetto Croce, Bernard Berenson and Denis Mack Smith.

Professor McLaughlin was an Official Student (Fellow) and tutor in Italian at Christ Church from 1990-2001, and is a former member and Secretary of the college’s Governing Body. He was Agnelli-Serena Professor of Italian Studies from 2001 to 2017 in the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, and is now an Emeritus Fellow of Magdalen College. His research is based around the Renaissance, with a particular focus on Italian Renaissance literature and Renaissance biography and literary theory, as well as contemporary Italian fiction and translation studies. He has taught Italian language and literature, especially Dante, Renaissance literature from Petrarch to Tasso, post-war fiction, the Italian short story, and Translation studies.