• 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. 

Full Professor
Tel. +39 050 509085

Palazzo della Carovana

Classe di lettere e filosofia
Piazza dei Cavalieri, 7
56126, PISA

Stefano Carrai was born in Florence in 1955. He graduated at the University of Florence in 1978.

Most of all he was concerned with Italian Literature of the Middle Age and the Renaissance. He edited Maestro Rinuccino's from Florence Sonetti (Florence, Accademia della Crusca, 1981) and surveyed the Tuscan Poetry of XIIIth century (La lirica toscana del Duecento, Rome-Bari, Laterza, 1997). He wrote a book on Dante's Vita nova (Florence, Olschki, 2006) and edited an annotated edition of this work (Milan, Rizzoli, 2009). About Dante he pubblished also Dante e l'antico, Florence, Edizioni del Galluzzo-SISMEL, 2012. About Boccaccio: Boccaccio e i volgarizzamenti (Rome, Salerno Ed., 2016). The other field of his interests is the poetry of the Renaissance. He wrote essays on the works of Pulci brothers (Le Muse dei Pulci, Naples, Guida, 1985), on Poetry Renaissance genres (I precetti di Parnaso, Rome, Bulzoni, 1999) and on Lyric Poetry in the Renaissance (L'usignolo di Bembo, Rome, Carocci, 2006); he edited an annotated edition of Poliziano's Stanze and Fabula di Orfeo (Milan, Mursia, 1988) and a critical edition of Boiardo's Latin Eclogues (Padua, Antenore, 1996; new edition Novara, Interlinea, 2010). He published books concerning also modern authors as Italo Svevo (Il caso clinico di Svevo e altri saggi di filologia sveviana, Pisa, Pacini, 2010) and Umberto Saba (Saba, Rome, Salerno Ed., 2017). He wrote a book on a poetic theme (Ad Somnum, Padua, Antenore, 1990).

He is member of the editorial board of "Giornale storico della letteratura italiana" and "L’Alighieri". He is fellow of the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere e Arti.