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Simon Ditchfield awarded Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship

Posted on 16 April 2014

Simon Ditchfield awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship to work on Daniello Bartoli project

The fellowship will enable Simon to work on the project ‘Discovering how to describe the world: Daniello Bartoli and the writing of global history’ during which he will be studying the historical and hagiographical writings of the Jesuit polymath, Daniello Bartoli (1608-85) to explore and understand how the Old World came not to discover the World but rather to discover how to describe the world. As author of an unfinished history of the Jesuit missionary order (1653-73), Bartoli had to evoke an unprecedented variety of places, people and their customs. Although he was able to take advantage of the Society’s unrivalled communication networks, he still had to rely on literary artifice as reflected in his reputation: ‘the Dante of Italian prose’.