Martina Mendola is a Second year Ph.D. student in the department of Italian, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies. Her research aims to investigate the process of identity formation in the contemporary Italian coming-of-age-story in order to show what challenges the different characters face and to construct their identity in contemporary society, especially focusing on the impact that the presence or absence of significant adult characters have on the process.
The study of the novels, published between 1995 and 2015, is approached from an original and interdisciplinary critical perspective which intertwines literary theory and sociology and gains insight into Italian society by questioning how national, social, familial and gender identities are represented in contemporary literature. In doing this, the research aims to show how literature can evoke identity as a multiple and fluctuating summa of memories, experiences, desires and demands at the crossroad between individual and community.
Martina holds a diploma in Classical Studies, a BA in Modern Languages and Literatures (University of Palermo, Italy) and an MA in Comparative Literature (University of Turin, Italy).