• About SNS

    The Scuola Normale Superiore is a public institute for higher education that in its two centuries of life has earned itself a special place, both in Italy and abroad, a place characterised by merit, talent and scientific rigour. Two types of course are available: the undergraduate course and the PhD course.The teaching activity is distributed among four academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Sciences, placed in Pisa; the Department of political and social sciences and the Ciampi Institute, located in Florence.  

  • Admission

    The evaluation for entrance to the first year of the undergraduate course does not include the high school leaving certificate, and the bachelor's degree is not taken into consideration in the entrance examination for the fourth year course. For each PhD course, candidates’ level of competence, talent, motivations and aptitudes to scientific research will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications and research project and an interview.

  • Academics

    The Scuola Normale Superiore offers two types of course: the undergraduate course, leading to first and second level university degrees, and the PhD course, the international equivalent of the Italian Dottorato di ricerca.The teaching and research activity is distributed among three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of  Sciences, and the Department of Political and Social Sciences.The first two academic structures, housed at the Pisa site, organize courses for both the  undergraduate course and the PhD course. The Department of Political and Social Sciences, situated in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, deals only with the PhD course.

  • Research

    A highly qualifying feature of the Normale way is the strong link between teaching and research that is a characteristic of both the undergraduate and the graduate programmes of the Scuola. The research structures of the two Faculties welcome students with a relevant study interest, enabling them to collaborate in a mature way with the activities of the researchers.

  • International

    The Scuola Normale is an institute of a decidedly international nature. Examinations for admission to the undergraduate degree course and for the PhD course are open to all citizens worldwide. A certain number of places on the PhD course are reserved for students from other countries. During the pre laurea and  post lauream teaching courses, study and research programmes are made available at overseas universities and research centres with which the Scuola forms an intense network of collaboration.  The doctorate course in particular is taught in a veritable graduate school in line with the highest international standards. 

Visiting Professor
Tel. +39 050 509246
fax +39 050 563513

Palazzo della Carovana

Classe di Scienze Umane
Piazza dei Cavalieri, 7
56126, PISA

Lina Bolzoni received her PhD from Scuola Normale Superiore; she taught at University of Pisa and from 1997 she holds the position of the professor of Italian Literature at Scuola Normale Superiore; in 1998-2001 she was Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the SNS. She was a visiting professor in various foreign universities, among which Harvard, UCLA, New York University, Collège de France, École Normale Supérieure; she was also a visiting scholar at Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities in Los Angeles (California), and a visiting fellow at Christ Church College, All Souls College e Keble College, Oxford.

At the Scuola Normale Superiore she is a founding director of the Centre for Data Processing of Texts and Images in Literary Tradition.

In 1989 she curated the introductory part of the exhibition “La fabbrica del pensiero. Dall’arte della memoria alle neuroscienze” (1989, Florence, Forte Belvedere; 1990 Paris, Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie), and in 2012-2013 she was the curator of an art exhibition organized in Pisa “Donne e cavalieri, incanti, follia. Viaggio attraverso le immagini dell’Orlando Furioso”.

Her research activity regards the relationships between literature and philosophy in the Cinquecento and the Seicento (including studies on Tommaso Campanella, Francesco Patrizi of Cherso and the utopian literature); sacred and profane oratory, chivalric romance; art of memory; portrait within the poetic and figurative tradition; tradition of reading as a form of contact and dialogue with the authors.

She is the author of numerous monographs, including: La stanza della memoria (Torino, Einaudi, 1995 – The Gallery of Memory: Literary and Iconographic Models in the Age of the Printing Press (2001), which was translated in various languages; La rete delle immagini. Predicazione in volgare dalle origini a Bernardino da Siena (Torino, Einaudi, 2002) translated in English – The Web of Images: Vernacular Preaching from Its Origins to St. Bernardino da Siena (2004); Poesia e ritratto nel Rinascimento, (Bari, Laterza, 2008); Il cuore di cristallo. Ragionamenti d’amore, poesia e ritratto nel Rinascimento (Torino, Einaudi, 2010) and Il lettore creativo. Percorsi cinquecenteschi fra memoria, gioco, scrittura (Napoli, Guida, 2012).

She has been awarded numerous scientific prizes, among which: Premio Viareggo, Premio Brancati-Zafferana Etnea, Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for an Outstanding Scholarly Work in the Field of Italian Studies assigned by the Modern Language Association of America.

She was made an honorary member of the Modern Language Association of America and the American Philosophical Society; associé étranger of the Académie des incriptions et belles lettres in Paris and national member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei.