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Clodagh Brook Head of Department, Associate Professor of Italian

Position: Head of Department of Italian, Associate Professor

Office: 4040


Clodagh Brook is an Associate Professor of Italian. She was educated at Oxford University (D Phil) and at University College, Dublin (BA and MA). She was Reader at The University of Birmingham (Russell Group) before taking up her position at Trinity College in 2017.  

Research: She is currently finalizing her third monograph, Religion, Identity and Dissent in Contemporary Italian Cinema (University of Toronto Press) and is leading on a large Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded grant, Interdisciplinary Italy 1900-2020: Interart/Intermedia (, which will produce 3 books, articles, pedagogical materials and an exhibition. Through it, she collaborates with galleries (Estorick Collection, London), Italian artists, school teachers and a research institute (The British School at Rome). Her in-press publications include a monograph on Eugenio Montale for Oxford University Press (2002), a monograph on cinema, as well as edited books on transmedia (2014) and on oppositional cultures under Berlusconi (2009). Her research currently has two strands: cultural opposition - especially through film - and interartistic/intermedial cultural history and theory. She warmly welcomes applications from PhD students and postdocs in these areas.

Teaching: She lectures in film, twentieth and twenty-first century literature and Italian culture. She is very interested in interdisciplinary practices and has published and organized panels on interdisciplinary policy and practice in Universities.

Leadership: She was Head of Modern Languages (University of Birmingham, 2012-15) and is currently on the Executive Committee of the Society for Italian Studies (research portfolio holder). She has held positions as Co-Director of the Centre for Film (B-Film) and Director of the cross-college Cultural Inquiry MA (University of Birmingham). She was also a member of the AHRC Peer Review College (2012-17). She has organized workshops and given keynote addresses in Australia, the USA, Ireland, Italy, and the UK.  


Edited books

  • Brook, Clodagh and Patti, Emanuela, Transmedia. Storia, memoria e narrazioni attraverso i media, Milan: Mimesis, 2014
  • Brook, Clodagh, Albertazzi, Daniele, Ross, Charlotte, Rothenberg, Nina (eds), Cultures of Opposition under Berlusconi (2001-2006) (Continuum 2009)

Selected recent articles and chapters

  • Brook, Clodagh, Giuliana Pieri and Florian Mussgnug, ‘Italian Studies: An Interdisciplinary Perspective’, Italian Studies: Cultural Studies (forthcoming 2017) 
  • Brook, Clodagh, ‘Post-Secular Identity in Contemporary Italian Cinema’, Modern Italy, 22: 2 (2017), pp. 197-211. 
  • Brook, Clodagh, and Giuliana Pieri, ‘Italianistica in Gran Bretagna: tra interdisciplinarità e tradizione’, Rassegna della letteratura italiana 120:1-2 (2016), pp. 207-17
  • Brook, Clodagh, and Pieri, Giuliana, 'Disciplines, Inter-disciplines and multimediality', in Marco Gargiulo (ed.), Lingua e cultura italiana nei mass media (Rome: Aracne, 2014), 13-32
  • Brook, Clodagh, 'Dissenso, potere e Chiesa cattolica nell'Italia contemporanea: un impegno anticattolico?', in Hope W.H., Serra, S. and d'Arcangeli, L., Un nuovo cinema politico italiano? Vol 2. 2014
  • Brook, Clodagh, 'The Spectacle of the Unseen: Marco Bellocchio and the Lure of the Catholic Church’, in Italian Studies 68: 3, (2013), pp.399-410
  • Brook, Clodagh, and Veronese, Cosetta, and Bertoni, Roberto (eds), 'Novecento', in The Year's Work in Modern Language Studies, Maney Publishing:  Vol. 69 (pub. 2009) and 70 (pub. 2010); with Cosetta Veronese and Alex Standen Vol. 71 (pub. 2011), and 72 (pub. 2012)
  • Brook, Clodagh, 'The Cinema of Resistance: Nanni Moretti's Il caimano and the Italian Film Industry', in Cultures of Opposition (2009), pp.110-23
  • Brook, Clodagh, with Ross, Charlotte, 'Conclusions: Splinters of Resistance', Cultures of Opposition (2009), pp.231-40.
  • Brook, Clodagh, with Albertazzi, Daniele and Ross, Charlotte, ‘Italy’s Radical Left in the Age of Berlusconi’, in What is Radical Politics Today? ed. by J. Pugh (Devolve 2009), pp.1-24
  • Brook, Clodagh, with Albertazzi, Daniele and Ross, Charlotte, ‘From Parliament to Virtual Piazza: Opposition in Italy in the Age of Berlusconi’, in the Bulletin of Italian Politics, 1:1 (2009), pp.111-14
  • Brook Clodagh, ‘Beyond Dialogue: Silence and the Monologue in the Films of Ermanno Olmi’, Italianist 28:2 (2008), pp.268-80
  • Brook, Clodagh, 'Borderlines: Otto e MezzoSogni d'oro and the Real-Dream Continuum', Forum Italicum 41:1 (2007), pp. 1-15
  • Brook, Clodagh, 'The Oneiric in the Cinema of Marco Bellocchio', Italica 84:2-3 (2007), pp. 479-94
  • Brook, Clodagh, 'Beyond the Controversy: Marco Bellocchio and Fagiolian Psychoanalysis', Italian Quarterly (2005), 42: 163/64, pp. 55-66
  • Brook, Clodagh, 'The Hallucinating Eye: Fellini and Bellocchio', Italianist 24:1 (2004), pp. 63-76
  • Brook, Clodagh, 'Screening the Autobiographical', in William Hope (ed.), Italian Cinema: New Directions (Peter Lang, 2004), pp. 27-52

External research funding  

  • AHRC standard grant (Principal Investigator) for ‘Interdisciplinary Italy 1900-2020: Interart/Intermedia, with Prof Giuliana Pieri (Royal Holloway) and Dr Florian Mussgnug (UCL). 2015-2018 (£680,000/€774,240). See
  • AHRC networking grant (Principal Investigator) for 'Interdisciplinary Italy 1900-2015: Art, Music, Text’, with Dr Giuliana Pieri (Royal Holloway) and Dr Florian Mussgnug (UCL). 2012-2014 (£31,554/ €35,930)
  • British Academy 'Larger Research Grants' Scheme for 'Resisting the Tide: Cultures of Opposition during the Berlusconi Years' (CI with D. Albertazzi and C. Ross) 2007-2009. (£84,891/ €96,665)
  • AHRC/Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies Grant, 2009 (£3,000/ €3,416)
  • AHRC Research Leave Grant to complete the monograph on the film-maker Marco Bellocchio for University of Toronto Press. 2007 (£25,907/€29,500)

Research Profile