Elisabetta Leopardi is a second-year PhD student in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies. Her current research aims to establish a new subgenre of fiction, designed to comprise those fictional works featuring a fantastic metamorphosis as their central theme. Given the extensive corpus of narratives potentially belonging to this subgenre, a “distant reading” method is employed to solve the problem of systematisation: instead of gathering and assessing individual texts and authors, Elisabetta is approaching the issue from a purely technical perspective, formulating a series of theoretical principles and norms for the correct identification of the theme in universal terms. Additionally, she is working on compiling a literary history of the genre and has recently developed the Theory of the Twenty-Seven Combinations, a model concerned with the organisation of the modalities of metamorphic transformation into twenty-seven separate categories.
Her secondary research interests include Victorian literature and culture; literary and graphic representations of infectious diseases and necromania in 18th and 19th century Britain; and the application of natural science studies to William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.
Elisabetta holds a diploma in Classical Studies, a BA in Film, Literature and Drama (Dublin Business School, 2014), and an MPhil in Comparative Literature (Trinity College Dublin, 2015).