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.

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. 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. Her new research project, Ioculator seu Mimus. Performing Music and Poetry in Medieval Iberia (ERC-CoG-2017), intends 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 2018, ‘Machaut’s Literary Legacy in the Crown of Aragon: the Catalan Chansonnier Vega-Aguiló and the anonymous Roman de Cardenois’, in N. Morato, D. Schoeaners (ed.), Medieval Francophone Literary Culture Outside France. Studies in the Moving Word, Turnhout, Brepols, p. 391-410.

Alberni A 2018, “Ioculator seu Mimus. Performing Music and Poetry in Medieval Iberia”, Journal of Transcultural Medieval Studies, 5 (2), p. 435-441.

Alberni A 2018, The Troubadours to Ausiàs March, Barcelona, Biblioteca de Catalunya.às-march/id1385678692?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Selected research activities

– Organization of the I Congrés Internacional IRCVM “Llegir i escriure a l’Edat Mitjana“, Universitat de Barcelona-CSIC, 25-27 April 2018

– Organization of the International Conference El pensament d’Ausiàs March, Reial Acadèmia de Bones Lletres de Barcelona, 10-11 december 2018