At the moment, this blog is an experiment both in blogging and in the world of MLA Commons.
My name is Anna Strowe, and I am a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I work on medieval and Renaissance Italian and English literature as well as translation theory. You can also visit my academia.edu profile for more information.
This blog’s name is “Fido ingenio,” which I stole from Francesco Petrarca. This is strange, because in general, I’m not a huge fan of Petrarca (maybe someday I’ll blog about that). In his Secretum, though, Petrarca writes of a dream-like encounter with St. Augustine, who, among other things, criticizes Petrarca for being too reliant on his own intellect and on scholarship: “Fides ingenio et librorum lectione multorum.” “You trust to intellect and to the reading of many books.” It seems a fitting object of trust for me too, if I may presume.
Fido ingenio et librorum lectione multorum.