Shachar Livne

Shachar Livne is a PhD student in the Department of General and Comparative Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her primary research interest lies in the interrelations between Italian and English literatures in the later Middle Ages and Renaissance, with particular emphasis on the poetry of the 14th-century canonical poets: Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, and Chaucer. Her comparative study closely examines four poems, each depicting a dream-vision that the poet had prior to writing. Through close analyses of these poetical works, Shachar documents a critical moment in the history of a poetical genre that was widespread across medieval and renaissance Europe and illustrates the crucial impact Italian poetry had on English poetry that developed thereafter. Such an investigation promotes the comparative study of Italian and English literatures, as well as the study of the medieval dream-vision genre.