Lecturer, European Languages and Studies
School of Humanities
Ph.D., University of Birmingham, UK, 2020, Modern Languages
Diploma, University of Siena, Italy, 2012, Didactics of Italian Language
Ph.D., University of Rome 2, Italy, 2010, Italian Studies
M.A., University of Sorbonne Paris IV, France, 2005, Comparative Literature
B.A., University of Rome 3, Italy, 2002, Humanities
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697
Didactics of Italian as a Foreign Language; Italian Historical Novels; Politically Engaged Literature
Teaching Fellow, University of Birmingham, UK, 2016-2019
Teaching Associate, University of Birmingham, UK, 2015-2016
Teaching Assistant, Joseph Fourier University, France, 2012-2013
Teaching Assistant, Grenoble-Alpes University, France, 2012-2013
Maître Assistant, University of Gabès, Tunisia, 2010-2012
Instructor, University of Monastir, Tunisia, 2010
My research interests are focused on contemporary Italian literature and didactics of Italian as a foreign language. I have published monographs and articles on 20th and 21st Century Italian culture, with a particular focus on authors such as Ottieri, Pasolini, Evangelisti, Wu Ming and Luther Blissett.
My most recent book is “Ottiero Ottieri. Un caso letterario” (2014) in which I argue for a significant re-evaluation of whom I consider to be one of the twentieth-century’s most prominent Italian authors, Ottiero Ottieri. In my book, I analyses Ottierian themes such as his mental illness, the alienation of modern men, the working class condition during the post-WWII reconstruction and the corruption of Italian politics and society.
My previous monograph “Pier Paolo Pasolini: il teatro in un porcile” (2009) is a study on Pasolini’s dramatic works. My study focused on close textual analysis of Pasolini’s theatre, poetry, narrative and cinema, emphasizing the fact that theatre is at the heart of his intermediality.
I am currently working on Luther Blissett’s and Wu Ming’s collective historical novels. My work explores the literary representation of power and freedom in Luther Blissett’s and Wu Ming’s historical novels (“Q” 1999; “Asce di Guerra” 2000; “54” 2002; “Manituana” 2007; “Altai” 2009; and “L’armata dei sonnambuli” 2014). In my analysis, I highlight how the events narrated develop through a dialectical relationship between power and freedom in a framework articulated in three moments: old power (fixity) / desire for freedom (instability) / new power (assimilation). My aim is to demonstrate how, through this dialectical framework, Luther Blissett and Wu Ming make an engaging and politically committed use of literature. Shedding light on events that have been neglected by official historiography, Luther Blissett and Wu Ming create counter-history narratives that represent crucial moments of history from a new point of view and show how they strongly embody the relationship between power and freedom.
In the teaching of Italian, I am interested in the use of drama/theatre as a tool for learning a foreign language. I explore how drama/theatre encourages students to be at the center of the learning experience, allowing them to develop their ability to learn a foreign language and supporting their motivation and sense of achievement. Drama/theatre as a didactic tool also develops students’ personal and social skills, self-esteem and spontaneity.
(2014) Ottiero Ottieri. Un caso letterario, Carocci Editore, Roma, 104 pp.
(2009) Pier Paolo Pasolini: Il teatro in un porcile, Il filo, Viterbo, 441 pp.
(2021) ‘Mechanized Exploitation in Ottiero Ottieri: Tempi stretti and Donnarumma all’assalto’, in Italian Industrial Literature and Film. Perspectives on the Representation of Post-war Labor, Eds. James Carter, Carlo Baghetti, Peter Lang Press [forthcoming]
(2019) ‘Wu Ming’s “Factory”. A Laboratory of Collective Writings through Participatory Culture and Creative Networking’, in Deconstructing the Model in 20th and 21st-Century Italian Experimental Writings. Eds. Beppe Cavatorta, Federica Santini, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 136-153
(2019) ‘Sentirsi Scorticati Vivi. The Theme of Alienation in Ottiero Ottieri’s Works’, in The Years of Alienation in Italy. Factory and Asylum Between the Economic Miracle and the Years of Lead, Eds. Alessandra Diazzi, Alvise Tarabocchia Sforza, London: Palgrave, pp. 97-114
(2012) ‘Trasmigrazioni di idee tra le tragedie e i film di Pasolini’, Pasolini ed il teatro, Eds. Stefano Casi, Angela Felice, Gerardo Guccini, Marsilio, Milano, pp. 257-266
(2011) ‘Ottiero Ottieri e la dismorfofobia letteraria’, Attorno a questo mio corpo. Ritratti e autoritratti degli scrittori della letteratura italiana, Eds. Laura Pacelli, Maria Francesca Papi, Fabio Pierangeli, Edizioni Hacca, Roma, pp. 389-399
(2010) ‘Ottiero Ottieri: “figlio mal riuscito” ribelle ai suoi Padri’, Padri e figli, Eds. Marta Alessi, Irene Baccarini, Alessandro Cifariello, Edizioni Nuova Cultura, Roma, pp. 161-167
Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals
(2019) ‘Welcome to Hell. Dante’s Inferno in Evangelisti’s Eymerich Saga’, in Medioevo Pop, Purloined Letters. An International Journal of Quotation Studies, Parma University, pp. 133-147
(2019) ‘Process Drama and Theatre in the Learning of Italian. The case of I Promessi sposi di Birmingham, un romanzo criminale’, New Trends in Language Teaching and Learning at University, Research-publishing.net, pp. 45-51
(2013) ‘Repubblicidio. La politica nelle ultime opere di Ottieri’, Ottiero Ottieri, Autografo n. 49, Interlinea Edizioni, Novara, pp. 97-113
(2008) ‘Pier Paolo Pasolini: Bestia da stile, un’autobiografia teatrale’, Sincronie n. XXIII, Vecchiarelli editore, Manziana, Roma, pp. 181-194
(2016) ‘Countercultural Collective Writing in Wu Ming’, available from Reading Italy, Italian Studies Postgraduate Forum, University of Reading
(2015) ‘Gothic and Sci-fi in Evangelisti’s Eymerich Series’, American Association Teachers of Italian Online Papers, Siena volume
(2011) ‘Cesare Pavese: nel Diario una vita da bestemmiare’, La letteratura degli italiani. Centri e periferie. Atti del 13° Congresso dell’Associazione degli italianisti (ADI), Edizioni del Rosone, Foggia
Professional Development Award, University of California Irvine (2019-2020);
Neville Chamberlain Scholarship, University of Birmingham, UK (2016-2017);
Graduate Centre for Europe Annual Budget, University of Birmingham, UK, (2015-2016);
Research Development Fund, University of Birmingham, UK, Interdisciplinary Graduate Workshop “Fear: Aesthetic, Philosophical, and Economic Perspectives” (June 2016);
Research Support Fund, University of Birmingham, UK, Presentation of the paper ‘Wu Ming’s Asce di Guerra. The Italian Resistance from a New Perspective’, SIS (Society for Italian Studies) Postgraduate Conference Representing the War (November 2015);
Research Support Fund, University of Birmingham, UK, Presentation of the paper ‘Gothic Features in Tommaso Landolfi’s Works’, SIS (Society for Italian Studies) Biannual Conference (September 2015);
Research Development Fund, University of Birmingham, UK, Organization of the Interdisciplinary Workshop “(Re)writing and depicting History. Denial, Transformation, Interpretation of the 20th and 21st century events in the Arts” (June 2015);
Research Support Fund, University of Birmingham, UK, Presentation of the paper ‘From Ivrea to Pozzuoli: the Industrial Alienation in Ottieri’s Work’, Workshop “The Years of Alienation. Asylum and Factory in Italy 1960s-1970s” (May 2015);
Ph.D. Scholarship, University of Rome 2, Italy (2006-2010);
Erasmus Exchange Program Scholarship, University of Angers, France (1999-2000);
BA Scholarship, University of Rome 3, Italy (1996-2001)
American Association Italian Studies