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University of Parma, Italy

About Me

I obtained a PhD (Ph. D) in “Scottish Literature” at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, in 1997. After my doctorate I had temporary teaching positions at the Faculty of Languages of the University of Bologna. From 1999 to 2001 I carried out a post-doctorate and from 2002 to 2005 I received a research fellowship, in both cases at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature of the University of Bologna. From 2005 until my appointment as a lecturer in 2007, I worked as an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy of the University of Parma. From 1 March 2015 I have been Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Parma, where I teach English literature and Anglophone literatures courses for both BA and MA degrees. My research focuses mainly on the following areas: 1) Scottish literature (Romantic theatre: women’s drama and theatre; drama / theatre and national identity; migration and exile literature between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; romantic and contemporary Gothic fiction; Victorian poetry; contemporary Scottish theatre, with a particular focus on women’s dramaturgy: 2) Romantic-period poetry and theatre (Byron; women’s poetry and theatre/drama; Orientalist theatre; forms and genres of “illegitimate” theatre; 3) Literature of migration and transculturality.

I am a member and contact person for Parma (with Diego Saglia) of the Interuniversity Center for the Study of Romanticism (CISR). From 2015 to 2019 I was a member of the Board of the Italian Association of English Studies and Vice-president of the same om 2017 to 2019. Since 2011 I have been a member of the Doctorate Course at the University of Parma. From December 2013 to October 2017 I was the Rector’s Delegate for International Students’ Mobility. I am President of the Commission for International Mobility for the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Cultural Industries and Vice-Coordinator of the BA Course of Modern Foreign Languages and Civilizations.

I am a member of the following associations: The James Hogg Society; Association for Scottish Literary Studies (ASLS); Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society (ECSSS); The European Society for the Study of English (ESSE); Italian Association of English Studies (AIA); International Association of University Professors of English (IAUPE); North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR); Italian Association of Cultural and Literary Studies in English (AISCLI); Society for Scottish Studies in Europe; British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS); Newstead Abbey Byron Society; CRISIS (Italian Research Center for Irish and Scottish Studies); IASSL (International Association for the Study of Scottish Literatures).