Anna Alberni

Universitat de Barcelona


Anna Alberni studied English Philology at the University of Barcelona. She obtained her PhD in Catalan Philology in 2003 at the same University. She has been a researcher and assistant lecturer at the University of Barcelona (1996-2000), and at the University of Girona (2005-2009). From 2003 to 2005 she was a postdoc researcher at the University of Rome-La Sapienza and at the University of L’Aquila. In 2005 she accepted an ICREA Junior position at the University of Girona. In 2009 she moved to the University of Barcelona, where she is ICREA Research Professor at the Department of Linguistics and Catalan Philology–IRCVM. During the last years Alberni has extensively dedicated her efforts to the consolidation of the research group created in 2009 in order to develop the ERC-StG project The Last Song of the Troubadours. Linguistic Codification and Construction of a Literary Canon in the Crown of Aragon.

Research interests

Alberni’s research focuses on the study of medieval Catalan poetry as an essential part of Europe’s cultural past, with a particular interest on late Romance lyric collections and on how the reception of the poetic code of the troubadours shaped the intellectual background in which the literary culture of modern Europe is deeply rooted. More specifically, she works on issues of poetic genre, intertextuality, discoursive traditions and textual criticism. 

Alberni's new project is Ioculator seu Mimus. Performing Music and Poetry in Medieval Iberia (ERC-CoG-2017). The aim of MiMus is to transform our understanding of medieval poetry and music by establishing a corpus of archive records of unprecedented size and breath on the lives and careers of the minstrels who performed in the Crown of Aragon from the mid 13th to the mid 15th centuries. This new data will shed crucial light on the literary and musical repertories circulating in the South of Europe in the late medieval period.

Selected publications

- Alberni A 2017, Dels trobadors a Ausiàs March: el patrimoni de la Biblioteca de Catalunya, Biblioteca de Catalunya, Barcelona.

- Alberni A & Lannutti S 2017, "Lay ves França. Les structures formelles de la musique et de la poésie dans la lyrique catalane du Moyen Age", in C. Cazaux-Kowlaski, C. Chaillou-Amadieu, A.-Z. Rillon-Marne et F. Zinelli (ed), Les noces de Philologie et Musicologie. Textes et musiques du Moyen Âge: Classiques Garnier (Rencontres-Civilisation médiévale), Paris, pp. 269-399.  

- Alberni A & Zinelli F 2017, 'The Last Song of the Troubadours: une recherche sur la poésie occitane et française dans l'espace catalan (résultats, problèmes d'édition, enjeux)', in R. Trachsler, F. Duval, L. Leonardi (ed.) Actes du XXVIIe Congrès international de linguistique et de philologie romanes (Nancy, 15-20 juillet 2013). Section 13 : Philologie textuelle et éditoriale. Nancy, ATILF.

Selected research activities

ERC-CoG-2017 Ioculator seu Mimus. Performing Music and Poetry in medieval Iberia (MiMus)

Discussant in the International Conference Ausiàs March e il canone europeo (Siena, Università per Stranieri di Siena, 20-22 November 2017)

Attendance to the X Seminario internazionale di musicologia medievale "Clemente Terni" The Nature of the End of the Ars Nova in Early Quattrocento Italy (Florence, Fondazione Ezio Franceschini – Certaldo, Casa del Bocaccio, 14-16 December 2017)