Elsa Filosa was named the Harvard University Center’s Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for 2015-16, a Villa I Tatti Fellowship for research on the Italian Renaissance
Elsa Filosa, Andrew W Mellon Fellow
Boccaccio and the Florentine Coup (1360-61)
The Harvard University Center awards fifteen Villa I Tatti Fellowships annually, each for twelve months, for post-doctoral research in any aspect of the Italian Renaissance from the 14th to the 17th century. Fellows live in the Florence area and have access to the extensive Villa I Tatti library, archives, and Medieval and Renaissance music and art collections. The villa’s location provides a setting where scholars from around the world exchange ideas and carry out their research. A regular series of conferences, seminars, lectures, and concerts provides the opportunity for appointees to share and discuss their work with each other and the broader community.
Dr. Filosa will be researching the unsuccessful coup of December 1360 in Florence Italy. The Florentine Republic blamed twelve people, including close friends and neighbors of Giovanni Boccaccio. Dr. Filosa’s project investigates the political dynamics of the conspiracy, the motives behind it, and its consequences on Boccaccio’s life and writing.