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Enrica Maria Ferrara, PhD (Reading)Teaching Fellow

Enrica Maria Ferrara (PhD, Reading) is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Italian at the Department of Italian where she lectures in Italian Culture and Language since 2008. After completing her PhD at the University of Reading in 2007, she was awarded a two-year Post-doctoral Fellowship of the Irish Research Council for her project on “Theatre and Narrative in Twentieth-Century Italian Literature”. She has written two monographs on internationally acclaimed twentieth-century author Italo Calvino. A third monograph entitled Il realismo teatrale nella narrativa del Novecento: Vittorini, Pasolini, Calvino, which is the final output of her post-doctoral fellowship, was published by Firenze University Press in 2014. Ferrara’s main research expertise is in Italian Literature and her research interests are broadly interdisciplinary and include: Italian and International Theatre, Film Studies, Medieval Studies, Translation Studies, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies and Literary Theories. Her methodological preference is for a comparative approach across various disciplines.

Enrica Maria Ferrara is currently researching on the following topics: the interplay between theatrical and narrative discourses in Italian literature from its origins to modern times; identity and the concept of agency in the literary representation of the post-human subject; gender identity, with particular attention to the performance of queer subjectivity; translation and literary Translation.

Her publication projects for the immediate future include: a joint edition of a collection of essays on the interplay between narrative and theatrical discourses in Italian Literature (Firenze, Franco Cesati); an edition of a collection of essays on the themes of identity and agency in the literary representation of the post-human subject (Firenze University Press, under consideration); a contribution on the reception of La Celestina by Fernando de Rojas in early modern Italy and a translation of a volume dealing with fictional and non-fictional narratives of disasters in Renaissance Italy (Roma, Viella).

Publications

Books:

  • Il realismo teatrale nella narrativa del Novecento: Vittorini, Calvino, Pasolini, Firenze, Firenze University Press, 2014. Reviews in:
  • Calvino e il teatro. Storia di una passione rimossa, Oxford, Peter Lang, “Italian Modernities”, 2011.
  • Calvino e il mare dell’altro, Napoli, Magma, 2008; avalaible online in PDF format  at http://www.euromedi.org/home/azioni/pubblicazioni/cultura/calvino/index.asp.

Edited Volumes:

  • Staged Narratives /Narrative Stages, co-edited with Cormac Ó Cuilleanáin, Firenze, Franco Cesati, (forthcoming 2017).

Articles and Book Chapters:

  • “Romanzo e teatro nel Novecento italiano”, in Storia del Romanzo in Italia, vol. III, edited by Giancarlo Afano and Francesco De Cristofaro, Roma, Carocci, (forthcoming 2017-18).
  • “Nota introduttiva”, in Clarice Gouzy Tartufari, L’uomo senza volto, Antonio Tombolini Editore, edizione digitale (forthcoming spring 2017).
  • “The Reception of Celestina in Italy: a Polyphonic Discourse”, Renaissance and Reformation, special issue edited by S. Jossa and A. Moroncini (in print).
  • “The Author Re-codified: Pasolini between Giotto and Boccaccio”, Heliotropia,(in print).
  • Macbeth and The Tempest: Shakespeare, Vittorini and the Anti-Fascist Struggle”, in Transnational Exchange between Shakespeare and Italy: From the Early Modern Period to the Present, edited by Enza De Francisci and Chris Stamatakis, London, Routledge, pp. 208-220 (in print).
  • “Pirandello and Brecht’s Epic Theatre”, Carte Allineate, 55, 2017 (01-03-2017)
  • “Foreword”, in Domingo Notaro, Dall’irraggiunto irraggi percezione – From the Unreached Let Perception Radiate, translated by Kay McCarthy, Dublin, Dalkey Archive Press, 2017
  • “Calvino, Posthumanism and Sterne”, Carte Allineate, 54, 2017 (21-02-2017).
  • “Performative Realism and Post-humanism in The Days of Abandonment”, in The Works of Elena Ferrante: Reconfiguring the Margins, edited by Grace Russo Bullaro and Stephanie Love, New York, Palgrave, 2016, pp. 129-157.
  • “Calvino, Ariosto e i centenari”, Carte Allineate, 52, 2016 (21-12-2016).
  • “Cinema di poesia e identità di genere ne L’odore dell’India di Pasolini”, Oblio, IV, 14-15, 2014, pp. 37-49.
  • “Vittorini in conversazione con Wilder”, Italica, 90, 3, 2013, pp. 398-421.
  • “Vittorini in conversazione con Shakespeare. Teatro e cultura popolare”, Italian Studies, 67, I, 2012, pp. 105-119.
  • “Il neo-realismo magico di Mariolina Venezia”, in Specchi di realtà. Aspetti del rapporto tra narrativa e società in Italia dopo il 1989, edited by Roberto Bertoni, Torino, Trinity College & Trauben, 2011, pp. 97-110.
  • “La Conversazione teatrale di Elio Vittorini”, in Un secolo per Vittorini. Atti della giornata di studio. Trinity College, Dublino, 18-04-2008, edited by Roberto Bertoni, Torino, Trinity College & Trauben, 2009, pp. 35-47.
  • “Calvino fra Lukács e Brecht: una lettura in chiave brechtiana de La panchina di Italo Calvino”, The Italianist, 27, 2007, pp. 99-124.
  • “La poetica teatrale giovanile di Italo Calvino”, l’Abaco, 2-3 (2003-2004), pp. 175-198.
  • “Un palombaro della superficie”, in Il fantastico e il visibile. L’itinerario di Calvino dal Neorealismo alle Lezioni Americane, Napoli, Libreria Dante & Descartes, 2000, pp. 270-276.

Translations:

  • Disaster Narratives in Early Modern Naples. Politics, Communication and Culture, edited by D. Cecere, C. De Caprio, L. Gianfrancesco, P. Palmieri, Roma, Viella, (planned for 2017-18).
  • 1916 Proclamation of Independence translated into Italian for the Decade of Commemoration at Trinity College Dublin, Link:  https://www.tcd.ie/decade-commemoration/events/proclamation/index.php#Italian
  • Chiara De Caprio, Francesco Senatore, “Orality, Literacy and Historiography in Vernacular Neapolitan Urban Chronicles of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries”, in Interactions between Orality and Writing in Early Modern Italian Culture, edited by Luca Degl’Innocenti, Brian Richardson and Chiara Sbordoni, London, Routledge, 2016, pp. 129-143.
  • Chiara De Caprio, Coping with the French descent: memory, cultural heritage, and linguistic identity in vernacular Neapolitan chronicles in the Age of the Italian Wars (1494-1503), Conference Paper for the project “Disaster Texts”, 12th International Conference on Urban History in Lisbon, Portugal, 3-6 September 2014.
  • Osvaldo Gueriglia, Moralità. Etica universalista e soggetto morale, Napoli, La Città del Sole (Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici), 2002.
  • Baltasar Porcel, Mediterraneo. Tumulti di un mare, Napoli, Magma, 1998.
  • Verso un nuovo scenario di partenariato Euromediterraneo, Napoli, Magma, 1997.

Book Reviews:

  • Remembering Aldo Moro. The Cultural Legacy of the 1978 Kidnapping and Murder, Ruth Glynn and Giancarlo Lombardi eds., Oxford, Legenda, 2012, Italian Culture, Vol. XXXIII, n. 2, September 2015, pp. 153-156.
  • Introduzione alla lettura del “Decameron” di Boccaccio,by Giancarlo Alfano, Heliotropia, 11.1-2 (2014), pp. 175-178.
  • Through Partisan Eyes. My Friendships, Literary Education, and Political Encounters in Italy (1956-2013), by Frank Rosengarten, Firenze, Firenze University Press, 2014, Oblio, IV, 14-15, Autunno 2014, pp. 214-216.
  • La cleptomane derubata. Psicoanalisi, letteratura e storia culturale tra Otto e Novecento, by Giancarlo Alfano, Trento, New Magazine Edizioni, 2012, Oblio, II, 6-7, September 2012, pp. 136-137.
  • I Turchi in Friuli di Pier Paolo Pasolini, by Isadora Cordazzo, Genova, Le Mani – Microart’s Edizioni, 2011, Oblio, II, 6-7, September 2012, pp. 180-181.
  • Italo Calvino. La realtà dell’immaginazione e le ambivalenze del moderno, by Elena Gremigni, Firenze, Le Lettere, 2010, Oblio, I, 4, December 2011, pp. 174-175.
  • Elio Vittorini. Il sogno di una nuova letteratura, edited by Lisa Gasparotto, Firenze, Le Lettere, 2010, Oblio, I, 4, December 2011, pp. 161-164.

Research Profile