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Emma Grootveld

University Lecturer

Dr. E.J.M. Grootveld
+31 71 527 2069

Emma Grootveld is a University Lecturer at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society.

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As an assistant professor of Italian language and culture at Leiden University, I employ my philological skills to examine the societal importance of early modern Italian literature.


My work focusses primarily on interdiscursive and imperialist dynamics in the epic tradition of the Renaissance. I obtained a PhD at KU Leuven (Belgium) with a doctoral project on Italian poems about Habsburg wars in the sixteenth and seventeenth century.
Other projects concern a translation of Luca Pacioli’s mathematical treatise "De divina proportione"; Dante and Primo Levi; literary representations of the Mediterranean and hydrocriticism. I am currently developing a DH-project on the agency of nature in narrative poetry.

Teaching activities and supervision

At Leiden University, I mainly teach courses on Italian literature from 1200 to 1800. In addition to BA-courses on Medieval and Renaissance literature and history, I offer a third-year module on translation (Italian to Dutch) and an MA module on heroic poetry. I supervise BA- and MA-theses in these disciplines.


2018-Present: Assistant Professor, LUCAS, Leiden University.

I also teach Italian and Business communication in Italian at UGent (VTC) and am a member of the editorial board of the journal "Incontri. Rivista europea di studi italiani".

2018 (April-June): Research Assistant, KU Leuven (Faculty of Architecture). Project: Study and Dutch translation of Luca Pacioli’s treatise "De divina proportione".

2013-2018: PhD-candidate, KU Leuven; Fellow Flanders Research Foundation. Project: Autorità e 'auctoritas'. Un approccio discorsivo al dinamismo politico-letterario dei poemi eroici italiani sulle guerre asburgiche in Europa (1530-1630).

2012-2013: Research Assistant, KU Leuven (Department of History). Project: “News on the Low Countries. Italian avvisi, reflections en histories about the Eighty Years’ War (1560-1640)”.

Education: BA Italian language and Culture (Leiden University), BA French language and literature (KU Leuven), MA Language and Culture, Teacher's training (SLO; KU Leuven), PhD Literary Studies (KU Leuven).

Grants and awards

Since appointment in 2018: LUCDH Small Grant (2019).

University Lecturer

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • Interdisciplinair

Work address

Reuvensplaats 3-4
2311 BE Leiden
Room number 0.52



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