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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages

 

Research in the Department of Italian

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Antonello, Dr Pierpaolo

​Pierpaolo Antonello's research interests include Modern Italian cultural history and intellectual history, Modern Italian visual culture, including art and cinema, René Girard’s mimetic theory.

Brundin, Dr Abigail

Abigail Brundin's research interests include the literature and culture of the Italian renaissance, with a particular focus on women writers, poetry, print culture, devotional literature, censorship and religion.

Dashwood, Dr Julie

Julie Dashwood's recent research had focused on modern Italian and European theatre, narrative and cultural history. She has, in particular, published extensively on Pirandello, De Roberto, Vivanti and Ristori.

 

Giannakopoulou, Dr Liana

Liana Giannakopoulou's research so far has culminated in two books: The Power of Pygmalion. Ancient Greek Sculpture in Modern Greek Poetry (Peter Lang 2007), which explores how poets shape their artistic identity in relation to Ancient Greek sculpture, and The Parthenon in Poetry. An Anthology (in Greek, published by the Hellenic Historical and Literary Archive in 2009), in which she has conducted extensive research on the presence of this monument in poetry from antiquity to today.

Gordon, Prof Robert

Robert Gordon works on the literature, cinema and cultural history of modern Italy.  His books include works on Pier Paolo Pasolini, Primo Levi, Bicycle Thieves and the legacies of the Holocaust in postwar Italy.

Ledgeway, Prof Adam

Adam Ledgeway is Professor of Italian and Romance Linguistics and his research interests include the comparative history and morphosyntax of the Romance languages, Italian dialectology, Latin, Italo-Greek, syntactic theory, and linguistic change. His research is channelled towards bringing together traditional Romance philological scholarship with the insights of recent generative syntactic theory.

 

Peverini, Claudia

Claudia Peverini's research has focused on (Italo-)Romance linguistics and particularly on the syntax of Central Italian dialects. She is also interested in second language teaching and assessment.

 

Rhodes, Dr John David

John David Rhodes works on a variety of topics in European and American film. He is especially interested in Italian cinema and in relationships among film, architecture, and place. His work engages aesthetic theory, film theory, queer theory, and historical materialism.

 

Schifano, Dr Norma

Norma Schifano works on historical and synchronic Romance and Greek comparative morphosyntax, with a special focus on microvariation and language contact. She has recently completed her PhD dissertation (‘Verb-movement: a pan-Romance investigation’) and is currently working as Research Associate for the Leverhulme-funded project entitled ‘Fading voices in Southern Italy: investigating language contact in Magna Graecia’ with Prof. Adam Ledgeway (Principal Applicant) and Dr Giuseppina Silvestri (Research Associate).

 

Silvestri, Dr Giuseppina

Giuseppina Silvestri’s research interests include comparative Indo-European and Romance Linguistics -especially Italian and non-standard Italian varieties- as well as Greek dialectology, and the phonology-syntax interface, and linguistic theory. She is currently research associate on a 3-year Leverhulme-funded Project, 'Fading voices in southern Italy: investigating language contact in Magna Graecia'.

Webb, Dr Heather

Dr Heather Webb’s research focuses on concepts of personhood, embodiment, and intersubjectivity in late medieval Italy. Her current work is concerned with gesture and devotion in Dante’s Comedy and as visualised by his late medieval and early modern readers.

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News and Research Opportunities

Leverhulme Early Career Postdoctoral Fellowships

11 November 2016

The Faculty welcomes applications for Leverhulme Early Career Postdoctoral Fellowships.

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships 2017

10 May 2016

The Faculty welcomes applications for British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships.

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