BIFLOW (Bilingualism in Florentine and Tuscan Works (ca. 1260 – ca. 1416) is a research project funded by the European Research Council (ERC Starting Grant 2014 – 637533) and hosted by the University of Venice – Ca’ Foscari and the EHESS (École des hautes études en sciences sociales), Paris.
The project will undertake the first systematic investigation of the various literary documents that circulated simultaneously in more than one language in Tuscany, and especially in Florence, between the mid-13th Century and the beginning of 15th Century.
During that period, Florence was both a prominent centre for vernacular literature, and home to a renewal of classical Latin eloquence. While both fields are well studied, their interaction remains largely unexplored.
This research, at the crossroad of several disciplines (literature, philology, linguistics and medieval history), has a strong pioneering character. It aims at reshaping our comprehension of Medieval Italian culture and of its passage to Humanism.
BIFLOW project is directed by Antonio Montefusco, Associate Professor, University of Venice – Ca’ Foscari.