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- Reader in Italian and Comparative Literature
- Faculty of Arts & Humanities
My teaching ranges from introductory courses on modern and contemporary Italian literature through to more specialized courses on Postmodernism, avant-garde culture, and Cold War fiction. I teach MA courses on “Comparative Literary Studies” and “Apocalypse Literature”, supervise a number of PhD students, and run regular seminars and workshops for graduate students.
In 2011, when I became director of the UCL Graduate Programme in Comparative Literature, I conducted a substantial curriculum review, which has lead to a restructuring of the entire syllabus. In particular, it has been my aim to move away from large team-taught core courses, to create new modules with a specifically comparative and literary focus, and to build stronger ties with institutions and professional organizations.
I contribute to the BASc Arts and Science as convenor of BASC2003: Qualitative Thinking, a second-year core course which introduces students to qualitative methods and value judgement through a variety of phenomena such as taste, poetry, design, language, food and photography.
I have taught large numbers of undergraduate and MA students, and have been first supervisor or co- supervisor to fourteen research students, and second supervisor to three. My dedication to teaching, learning and assessment is also evident from my appointment as external examiner in Comparative Literature at the University of Glasgow (2008-12), and as PhD examiner, on eleven occasions, for students at UCL, Oxford, Royal Holloway, Goldsmiths, Edinburgh, and Strathclyde.
|SEP-2005||Convenor||Comparative Literature||University College London, United Kingdom|
|SEP-2004||Lecturer||Italian and Comparative Literature||University College London, United Kingdom|
|DEC-2002 – JUN-2003||Coordinator||Classe di Lettere Filosofia||Scuola Normale Superiore, United Kingdom|
|FEB-1999 – AUG-2002||Tutor||BA in Italian||National Extension College, Cambridge, United Kingdom|
|2003||PhD||Dottorato di Ricerca – Italian Literature||Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa|
|2000||DPhil||Doctor of Philosophy – Italian Literature||University of Oxford|
|1999||MA||Master of Arts – Italian Literature||University of Oxford|
|1998||BA Hons||Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Philosophy and Modern Languages (Italian)||University of Oxford|