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Enrica Maria Ferrara, PhD (Reading)Teaching Fellow

Enrica Maria Ferrara (PhD, Reading) is a Teaching Fellow 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 worked as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow of the Irish Research Council at Trinity College Dublin from 2008 to 2011. During these years, Dr. Ferrara published two monographs on internationally acclaimed Twentieth-century author Italo Calvino. A third monograph entitled Il realismo teatrale nella narrativa del Novecento: Vittorini, Pasolini, Calvino, was published in 2014, when Dr. Ferrara was Visiting Research Fellow and then Adjunct Assistant Professor for the Department of Italian. Dr. 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.

Research Profile
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 representation of the posthuman subject; gender identity; translation and literary translation of disaster narratives; performativity and performance in the construction of subject identities across several media (film, prose narrative, theatre, poetry).

Her publication projects for the immediate future include: the translation of a volume dealing with fictional and non-fictional narratives of disasters in the Kingdom of Naples during the early-modern period (Roma: Viella); the edition of a collection of essays on the theme of posthuman identity in Italian literature and film (New York: Palgrave MacMillan). In addition, Dr. Ferrara is conducting preliminary research for an ERC submission on the theme of performativity and performance in the construction of subject identities across several media (film, prose narrative, theatre, poetry).

Publications

Books:

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

Edited Volumes:

  • Posthumanism in Italian Literature and Film. Boundaries and Identity, edited by Enrica Maria Ferrara, New York: Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming 2019)
  • Staged Narratives /Narrative Stages, co-edited with Cormac Ó Cuilleanáin, Florence: Franco Cesati, 2017.

Translated Books:

  • Disaster Narratives in Early Modern Naples. Politics, Communication and Culture, edited by D. Cecere, C. De Caprio, P. Palmieri, translated from Italian to English by Enrica Maria Ferrara, Rome: Viella (forthcoming 2018).
  • Osvaldo Gueriglia, Moralità. Etica universalista e soggetto morale, translated from Spanish to Italian by Enrica Maria Ferrara, Naples: La Città del Sole (Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici), 2002.
  • Baltasar Porcel, Mediterraneo. Tumulti di un mare, translated from Spanish to Italian by Enrica Maria Ferrara, Naples: Magma, 1998.
  • Verso un nuovo scenario di partenariato Euromediterraneo, translated from Spanish to Italian by Enrica Maria Ferrara, Napoli, Magma, 1997.

Selected Articles and Book Chapters:

  • “Romanzo e teatro nel Novecento italiano”, in Storia del Romanzo in Italia, vol. III, edited by Giancarlo Alfano and Francesco De Cristofaro, Roma, Carocci, (forthcoming 2018).
  • “Nota introduttiva”, in Clarice Gouzy Tartufari, L’uomo senza volto, Ancona, Antonio Tombolini Editore, 2018, pp. 5-10.
  • “Introduction”, with Cormac Ó Cuilleanáin, in Staged Narratives / Narrative Stages. Essays on Italian Prose Narrative and Theatre, edited by E. M. Ferrara and C. Ó Cuilleanáin, Firenze, Franco Cesati Editore, 2017, pp. 9-29.
  • “Theatrical Realism in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Italian Narrative”, in Staged Narratives / Narrative Stages. Essays on Italian Prose Narrative and Theatre, edited by E. M. Ferrara and C. Ó Cuilleanáin, Firenze, Franco Cesati Editore, 2017, pp. 53-72.
  • “The Reception of Celestina in Italy: a Polyphonic Discourse”, Renaissance and Reformation, special issue edited by S. Jossa and A. Moroncini, 2017, pp. 91-120.
  • “The Author Re-codified: Pasolini between Giotto and Boccaccio”, Heliotropia,14, 2017,special issue edited by Guyda Armstrong and Stephen J. Milner, pp. 343-359.
  • “Elena Ferrante e la questione dell’identità”, Oblio, 26-27, 2017, pp. 47-55.
  • “Una riflessione su Domingo Notaro e tre poesie inedite”, Carte Allineate, 58, 2017 (23-09-2017).
  • 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, 2017, pp. 208-220.
  • “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.

Book Reviews:

  • Italian Women’s Autobiographical Writings in the Twentieth Century. Constructing Subjects, by Ursula Fanning (Madison: Farleigh Dickinson University Press, 2017), Oblio, VIII, 29, pp. 161-163.
  • Italia Lunare. Gli anni sessanta e l’occulto, by Fabio Camilletti (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2018), Oblio, VIII, 29, pp. 141-142.
  • Vincenzo Consolo. Gli anni de "L'Unità" (1992-2012), ovvero la poetica della colpa-espiazione, by Joseph Francese (Firenze: Firenze University Press, 2015), Oblio, VII, 25, pp. 127-128.
  • L'umorismo letterario. Una lunga storia europea (secoli XIV-XX), by Giancarlo Alfano (Roma: Carocci, 2016), Oblio, VII, 25, pp. 70-72.
  • Aspects of Science Fiction since the 1980s: China, Italy, Japan, Korea, edited by Roberto Bertoni (Torino: Nuova Trauben, 2015), Oblio, VII, 25, pp. 48-50.
  • 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 (Roma-Bari: Laterza, 2014), 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