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Stefano Fogelberg Rota

researcher at Department of Literature

+4618-471 2946
Visiting address:
Engelska parken, Thunbergsv 3 P
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Box 632
751 26 UPPSALA

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Research Areas

Travel literature during the Age of Liberty (1719-72), French court ballet during the reign of Queen Christina’s (1638-1654), guidebooks to Rome, pedagogy of virtue during the Seventeenth century, formation of kingly and aristocratic ideals in poetry and theatre

Work in Progress

- Swedish Images of Italy: Travel Literature in the Age of Liberty (1719-72)
Book, articles

Swedish travel literature from Italy during the Age of Liberty (Frihetstiden, 1719-72) engages in several of the main cultural and political debates of the time. Swedish travellers show both a reorientation in the understanding of classical Antiquity, as a result of the sensational archaeological discoveries at Pompeii and Herculaneum, and a deep interest in the various claims for social reform that characterise the Age of Enlightenment. Their representations of Italy convey new approaches to these issues while highlighting the tensions between perceptions of antiquity and contemporary debates pertaining to culture, politics and religion. The focus of my project is the image of Italy presented in the travellers’ writings and how this image is mediated and rhetorically formulated. My aim is to investigate how the element of the foreign in Italy’s culture and society is expressed by the visiting Swedes. An analysis of the rhetorical composition of these writings will reveal the patterns of style and the figures of speech used by the travellers.

(The Swedish Research Council funds the project)

- Court ballet in Sweden during Queen Christina’s reign (1638-1654)
Book, articles

Monograph on the librettos of Queen Christina’s court ballets, their propagandistic function and their importance for cultural and diplomatic exchanges between Sweden, France and Rome.

- Topos and topography: Rome as the guidebook city

The project – led by Anna Blennow and including seven researchers – aims to trace the origins and development of the guidebook genre, with a focus on the city of Rome; to define the elements, functions and strategies that shape the identities of the author, the traveller and the place, and to discuss the impact of the historical guidebooks on the modern guidebook of today and its role in cultural meetings and exchange in Europe. In my subproject I investigate the idea of a ‘foreign traveller’ (‘Lettore Forestiero’) as the expected reader in Fioravante Martinelli’s guidebook Roma ricercata nel suo sito, first published in 1644 and re-edited several times during the Eighteenth century.

(The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation funds the project at the Swedish Institute in Rome)

- Teaching virtue: a research cluster for the study of the politics of education in pre-modern Europe

The research cluster – led by Andreas Hellerstedt – brings together researchers and doctoral students who specialize in the cultural and intellectual history of the pre-modern periods. The common theme that unites the participants is the educational history of virtue ethics in pre-modern Europe. The main goal is a better understanding of how the problems of teaching virtue were dealt with from late antiquity through to the late Eighteenth century: was it considered possible to learn the virtues? Who should be educated in them, how were they taught, and who were considered appropriate teachers? In my subproject I analyse the didactical intentions underlying the court ballets of Queen Christina of Sweden, in particular as they pertain to the educational and propagandistic uses of exempla of virtue. The introduction of court ballet in Sweden – through the employment of maître à danser Antoine de Beaulieu (1636) instigated by the Council of the Realm – had the explicit purpose of training the young aristocrats of the court in the art of dancing. This decision was part of the broader educational programme launched in the first decades of the Seventeenth century to improve Sweden’s cultural status in accordance with the country’s newly acquired position as a military power in the Baltic area.

(The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation funds the project at the Department of History, Stockholm University).


Member of the research network ”Topos and topography: Rome as the guidebook city”

Member of the research network “Teaching virtue: a research cluster for the study of the politics of education in pre-modern Europe”


2002 – 2008: Ph.D., Department of Comparative Literature, Stockholm University.

Poesins drottning. Christina av Sverige och de italienska akademierna
(”The Queen of poetry: Christina of Sweden and the Italian academies”) Dissertation awarded with the “Vasamuseets vänners pris” (2011), “Premio Flaiano di Italianistica” (2009), and the prize of Stina and Erik Lundberg’s Foundation, Swedish Academy (2008).

Postdoctoral Scholarships
2012: Sven och Dagmar Saléns Foundation grant for a year of research at the IRPMF (Institut de recherche sur le patrimoine musical en France), Paris.

2009 – 2010: Wenner-Gren Foundation’s postdoctoral fellowship for research abroad. Department of Comparative Literature and Philosophy, Libera Università Maria Ss. Assunta (LUMSA), Rome.

Academic Positions
2013 – 2015: Researcher within the project “Teaching virtue: a research cluster for the study of the politics of education in pre-modern Europe”. Project founded by The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation, Department of History, Stockholm University.

2013: Researcher within the project “Topos and topography: Rome as the guidebook city”. Project founded by The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation, Department of History, Swedish Institute, Rome.

Complete CV

Selected Publications

“Education, Pilgrimage and Pleasure: The Rhetorical Strategies in the Writings of Three Early Eighteenth-century Swedish Travellers to Italy”, in From Site to Sight: The Transformation of Place in Art and Literature, Institutum Romanum Norvegiae, Acta ad Archaeologiam et Artium Historiam pertinentia, volumen XXVI, (eds.) Victor Plahte Tschudi & Turid Karlsen Seim, (Roma 2013) p. 123-137 (ISBN 978-88-6687-041-8)

(together with Maria Schildt) “L’Amour constant et Le Ballet de Stockholm: livret et musique pour la représentation d’un ballet de cour durant le règne de la Reine Christine”, in Dix-septième siècle, n. 261 (2013:4) (ISBN 978-21-3061-801-0)

“L’introduzione del balletto di corte in Svezia”, in Mélanges de l’École française de Rome (2013: 125-1) (48 pages)

“Pallas och Diana: Drottning Kristina i hovbaletter och akademier”, in Bilder av Kristina: Drottning av Sverige – Drottning i Rom (Livrustkammaren: Stockholm, 2013), p. 149-163 (ISBN 978-91-87594-50-2)

”Naudé, Bourdelot and Queen Christina’s French court in Stockholm”, in Lieux de culture dans la France de la première modernité (Peter Lang: Frankfurt am Main-Berlin-Bern-Bruxelles-New York-Oxford-Wien 2012), p. 23-38 (ISBN 978-3-0343-0813-7)

“Queen Christina’s heroic virtue and its religious implications”, in Early Modern Culture Online (2012:3), p. 1-13 (ISSN 1892-0888)

”Som flicka lockade hon till kurtis. Marinisten Ciro di Pers hyllning av drottning Christina”, in Vandring genom tiden. Till Anders Cullhed 18/3 2011, (eds.) Thomas Götselius, Anders Olsson & Boel Westin (Symposion: Stockholm-Stehag 2011), p. 61-72 (ISBN 978-91-7139-866-6)

”August Strindberg som Romhatare”, in Till Rom. Nordiska konstnärer i Rom under 150 år, (Carlssons: Stockholm 2011) p. 205-211 (ISBN 98891-7331-3674)

Poesins drottning. Christina av Sverige och de italienska akademierna (Nordic Academic Press, Lund, 2008) p. 400 (ISBN 978-91-89116-95-5)

Letteratura, arte e musica alla corte romana di Cristina di Svezia, (eds.) Rossana Maria Caira, Stefano Fogelberg Rota (Aracne: Roma, 2005) p. 242 (ISBN 88-548-0390-1)

“Cristina di Svezia e il nuovo ‘Narciso’ di Francesco de Lemene”, in Cristina di Svezia e la cultura delle accademie, (ed.) Diego Poli (Editrice “il calamo”: Roma 2005) p. 315-330 (ISBN 88-880-3995-3)

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