His research focuses on reception, translation and forms of adaptation, which he explores through the intersections of rhetoric, poetics, drama, music and voice studies. His first monograph, Per via d’annotationi, looks at the Renaissance reception of Horace’s Art of Poetry as a seminal moment in the making of early modern literary theory; his second book, The Vernacular Aristotle: Translation as Reception in Medieval and Renaissance Italy (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press), discusses the vernacular appropriation of Aristotle as a lens through which to reassess the place of translation within any process of reception. Similar questions inform his publications on the reception of the “sublime” in rhetoric, poetics and music. His current work includes two book projects: Staging the Soul: Allegorical Drama as Spiritual Practice in Baroque Italy (under contract with Legenda’s Italian Perspectives series) and Ariadne’s Echo: Voices of Longing, Songs of Desire, which examines the reception of Ariadne’s lament across music and poetry between 1600 and 1900.
Prior to joining NYU, Refini was Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University. He has been research fellow at the University Warwick, Ahmanson fellow at Harvard University’s Villa I Tatti, as well as the recipient of research fellowships from the ENS Paris, the University of Geneva, the Harry Ransom Research Center, the Bodleian Library and the Warburg Institute.