Peter Vassallo’s service to the University of Malta spans fifty-five distinguished years of teaching and research across Romanticism, Modernism and Comparative Literature. In that time he has inspired generations of students within the Department of English, co-founded the Institute of Anglo-Italian Studies and drawn international respect and admiration for his dedication to literature and literary culture. This volume celebrates that long and rich commitment. It carries essays by scholars f rom the UK, Italy and Malta that offer intriguing refractions of Peter’s teaching and research interests, tributes by contributors whose acquaintance with Peter extends beyond academia, as well as interviews, poetry and drawings. Refractions, then, is offered in honour of Peter: the scholar and the man.