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Dr Beatrice Sica
Foster Court 347
Dept of Italian, University College London
Gower Street
Tel: 02076797114
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  • Reader in Italian Studies
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Before joining UCL, Beatrice Sica studied and worked in Italy, France, and the US at some of the leading research institutions in the world: Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, New York university, Collège de France in Paris, and Harvard University.

Research Summary

Beatrice Sica is a scholar in Italian literature and cultural studies and her expertise is in modern and contemporary Italian literature and culture in a European context. Her research interests include the avant-gardes (Futurism Dada, Surrealism); Italian literature and art during Fascism; magical realism and fantastic literature; poetry; cultural exchanges between Italy and other countries, particularly France and the United States of America. She also likes to address cross-fertilizations of words and images and consider literature and the arts in their historical contexts, looking at their role in shaping our views, identities, and ideologies.

She welcomes proposals for research projects across a broad range of modern and contemporary Italian literary and cultural topics. She is happy to supervise work on any aspect of Italian poetry, the European avant-gardes, Italy’s intellectuals under Fascism, Italian writers and artists in the nineteenth and twentieth century, the reception of writers (e.g. Dante, Ariosto) and artists (e.g. Renaissance painters) from previous times in the nineteenth and twentieth century; the reception of Italian authors outside Italy as well as that of non-Italian authors in the peninsula.

Teaching Summary

Beatrice Sica's teaching ranges from introductory courses on modern and contemporary European culture to more specialized courses on Italian literature and arts, European avant-gardes, Futurism, and Surrealism. She teaches with a transnational and interdisciplinary approach at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Academic Background
2012   Post Doctoral Qualification Harvard University
2011   Post Doctoral Qualification College de France, Paris
2011   Doctor of Philosophy New York University
2006   Master of Arts New York University
2000   Laurea Universita degli Studi di Pisa
2000   Diploma Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
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