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Eleonora Lima Visiting Research Fellow


Eleonora is EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow (research and teaching) and an Early Career Researcher at The Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute, where she is carrying out a project titled Mapping Remediation in Italian Literature Beyond the Digital Revolution, devoted to the intermedial dialogue between Italian literature and computer science from the 1950s to the present.

She is the website manager and blog editor for the AHRC-funded project Interdisciplinary Italy 1900-2020: Interart/Intermedia (

Eleonora is a member of the Ethically Aligned Designed for the Arts Committee, which is it part of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems.

Eleonora holds a BA in Italian Philology (University of Florence, 2005), a Master in Modern Philology (University of Florence, 2008), and a PhD in Italian (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015), where she was also University Fellow. She previously was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Italian at the University of Toronto (2017-2018).


Her current research project investigates how since the advent of computers and information science in 1950s literature had to rethink the status of its very own tool – language – as well as the definition of human creativity. The project aims to provide a detailed evaluation of the process of remediation in Italian literature during the three main phases of the history of computers: the mainframe computer era (mid 1950s-1970s), the personal computer era (1980s-2000s), the ubiquitous computing era (2000s-present). To this end, Eleonora is combining interdisciplinary critical analyses of literary texts with Social Network Analysis and a quantitative approach to the phenomenon of remediation in literature. A book dedicated to the topic is currently in preparation.

Her research interests also include literature and science; literature and the posthuman; the impact of cybernetics on the Italian culture of the mid-20th century; film and media studies.

She was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Italian Department of the University of Toronto, where she conducted research on the impact of cybernetics on Italian literary production of the 1960s-70s and taught both at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.

She holds a PhD in Italian and Media and Cultural Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she successfully defended a dissertation on the impact of information technologies on the work of Italo Calvino and Paolo Volponi. A book based on her dissertation, titled Le tecnologie dell’informazione nella scrittura di Italo Calvino e Paolo Volponi. Tre storie di rimediazione, is in press for Florence University Press.


Authored Books

  • Eleonora Lima, Le tecnologie dell’informazione nella scrittura di Italo Calvino e Paolo Volponi. Tre storie di rimediazione. Florence University Press (in press, 2019).
  • Eleonora Lima (ed), Carlo Betocchi, Giuseppe Ungaretti, Lettere, 1946-1970. Società editrice fiorentina, 2012.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • Eleonora Lima, ‘Mechanized Women and Sentient Machines: Language, Gendered Technology and Female Body in Luciano Bianciardi and Tiziano Scarpa’. In Enrica Maria Ferrara (ed) Posthuman Boundaries and Identity in Italian Literature and Film. Palgrave (forthcoming 2019).
  • Eleonora Lima, ‘Making Poetry Out of Industrial Alienation: Michelangelo Antonioni’s Deserto rosso’. In Carlo Baghetti, Jim Carter, Lorenzo Marmo (eds) Italian Industrial Literature and Film: Perspectives on the Representation of Postwar Labor. Peter Lang, Italian Modernities Series (forthcoming 2019).
  • Eleonora Lima, ‘Disegnare il caos: scienza e pittura in Passare la spugna di Paolo Volponi’ (forthcoming in Bollettino di italianistica, July-December 2019 issue, no. 2)
  • Eleonora Lima, ‘My mother was a computer: corporeità femminile e tecnologico postumano in Luciano Bianciardi e Tiziano Scarpa.’ In Marina Paino, Maria Rizzarelli and Antonio Sichera (eds.) Scritture del corpo, Atti del XVIII Convegno Internazionale della MOD (Catania 2016), ETS, 2019.
  • Eleonora Lima, ‘Seguendoti, lottando con il tuo esistere e capire. Le collaborazioni e l’amicizia con Giuseppe Ungaretti.’ In Antonia Ida Fontana and Marco Marchi (eds) Ricordare Betocchi, Edizioni dell’Assemblea, 2018, pp. 55-73.
  • Eleonora Lima, ‘Paolo Volponi’s La macchina mondiale as a Cybernetic Utopia: The Limits of a Solely Allegorical Interpretation.’ Forum Italicum, Fall 2017 issue, Vol. 51, no. 3.


  • Lima, Eleonora. ‘Verba Picta: Navigating Multimediality in the Italian Poetry of the Last Half Century.’ Web blog post. Interdisciplinary Italy. 21 March 2017.
  • Lima, Eleonora, ‘Book review: Jansen, Monica, and Maria Bonaria Urban (eds.) Televisionismo. Narrazioni televisive della storia italiana negli anni della seconda Repubblica (Venezia: Edizioni Ca’ Foscari, 2015)’. Vol. 35: Annali d’italianistica, 2017.
  • Lima, Eleonora. ‘Contaminating the Opera Genre: Lo Specchio Magico (Urban Art Dance Opera).’ Web blog post. Interdisciplinary Italy. 28 June 2016.

In Preparation

  • Eleonora Lima, Mapping Remediation in Italian Literature Beyond the Digital Revolution (book in preparation, final draft to be submitted by October 2020)
  • Eleonora Lima, ‘Between divinity and dullness: The advent of personal computers in the Italian literature of the 1980s’ (article in preparation for the journal Quaderni d’italianistica, to be submitted by September 2019).