Francesca Fedi is Associate Professor of Italian Literature at the University of Pisa. She holds a PhD from the
Scuola Normale Superiore and has also taught at the University of Zurich, the ETH Zürich, and the University
of Parma. Her research interests lie in early 16th century and Enlightenment literature, the aesthetics and poetics
of Neoclassicism, Giacomo Leopardi’s figurative art and political thought. She has published essays and book
chapters on Machiavelli, Parini, Alfieri, Monti, Foscolo, Leopardi, Alexander Pope’s Italian afterlife and the
relations between masonic culture and literary production during the 18th century. She has recently become
involved in European research network exploring the role of diplomatic networks in the promotion and circulation
of literary texts.