Filippo Screpanti is a PhD candidate in the Romance Studies Department at Duke University, pursuing a dual track program in French and Italian Literature with a focus on the 16th and 17th century. His dissertation examines the tradition of Romance not simply as genre but as a set of narrative strategies, looking at how they have been used in French and Italian Renaissance and Baroque literature and culture to construct representations of intercultural exchanges in the Early Modern Mediterranean world. Before coming to Duke University, he studied at the University of Colorado - Boulder (M.A.) and the University of Rome (B.A.).