Dr Lucia Aiello

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United Kingdom
University of Sheffield
Bakhtin Centre
Honorary Research Fellow
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Lucia Aiello is Honorary Research Fellow of the Bakhtin Centre, University of Sheffield. She is currently member of the BCLA,  the ICLA, and the SCMLA. She is member of the editorial board of the Journal of Philosophical Studies Il Cannocchiale, published by Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, Napoli, Italy and Assistant Editor of the Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies (http://www.jlts.stir.ac.uk/).

Italian, English, reading competence in Spanish, basic Russian
Teaching areas: 

Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Italian Literature; Women Writers in English and Italian and Feminist Theories; Images of Italy in English Literature; Literary and Cultural Theory.

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My research is focused principally on reception theory and the reception of Modern European literary works (with particular stress on the reception of literary works across different national and/or cultural contexts). An additional strand of my work is my ongoing research into feminist poetics and women’s relationship to the concept of history, narratives of rupture and reaffirmation in nineteenth-century women writers (especially Italian and Anglophone). I have conducted comprehensive research work on the reception of Dostoevskii in Italy and in Britain, on Grazia Deledda, Anna Banti, and Amelia Rosselli, Mary Shelley, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Emily Dickinson.

Currently, I am individuating potential partnerships and assessing viable means of accessing funding for a major research project focused on the female poet Amelia Rosselli. Through the involvement of multiple partners, the aim of this project is on the one hand to address all the theoretical and translation issues that multilingualism poses to the reader, translator, or critic, and on the other hand to produce and promote related scholarship on Rosselli’s poetry and the historical and cultural context in which she worked. In a propitious academic environment this project could be enlarged as far as to create a research cluster focusing on the work of European women writers who have moved from one culture to another and have as a result adopted for their creative work a language other than their ‘mother tongue’.


2001   British Academy funded PhD, Bakhtin Centre, Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield. (Reception Theory, Nineteenth century and early Twentieth century English literature, English reception of Russian literature) Supervisors: Prof. David Shepherd and Prof. William Leatherbarrow.

1994  Laurea (First Degree) in Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Naples 'L'Orientale',  Napoli, Italy.


(most recent) 

‘Tracing the Chasm: The Question of Language in Amelia Rosselli’, Poetry in Conflict Conference, University of St Andrews, 2010

Sept 2008   “Euthanasia’s Narrative: The Battle for Florence as the Struggle for History in Mary Shelley’s Valperga.” Ruskin, Venice, and 19th Century Cultural Travel Conference, The Ruskin Centre at Lancaster University and the University of Ca’ Foscari, Venice.

May 2008   “Allegories of Praxis: Emily Dickinson and the Poetics of Possibility,” “Beyond Reification: Critical Theory and the Challenge of Praxis,” II International Critical Theory Conference, John Cabot University, Rome, Italy (Also chair and co-organizer).

July 2007         “A Wholesome Sickness: Competing Versions of the ‘Mad’ and ‘Degenerate’ Artist," British Comparative Literature Association, XI International Conference, “Folly,” Goldsmiths College, London, UK.

April 2007    “The Enigmatical in Art: Some Critical Perspectives on Adorno and Dickinson,” “Nostalgia for a Redeemed Future: Critical Theory” Conference, John Cabot University, Rome, Italy.

July 2006   ” ‘Of Death I try to think like this’: Emily Dickinson’s Play with Death,” “4th Global Conference – Making Sense of Dying and Death,” Mansfield College, Oxford, UK.

March 2006     “The Quest for Meaning: Necessity and Plurality in Dickinson,” “Plurality of Interpretation” Conference, Centre Interdisciplinaire de Recherches sur les Langues, les Littératures, la Lecture et L’Élaboration de la Pensée, University of Reims, France.


2001           “Incontri di Cultura Italiana Contemporanea,” Seminar series organized for the Italian Cultural Institute, Edinburgh, UK.

1996           Resemblances: ‘Der Tod Des Empedokles’ by Hölderlin in the Cinematographic Version by J. M. Straub and D. Huillet; Seminar Series organized and taught by me for the Sociology of Literature Department, Istituto Universitario Orientale, Napoli, Italy.

1995           ‘Viaggio in India’ by P. P. Pasolini, paper for the Travel Literature seminar in the Sociology of Literature, Istituto Universitario Orientale, Napoli, Italy.

1994           ‘Freedom’ and ‘Obedience’ in the ‘Legend of the Grand Inquisitor’ by Fedor Dostoevskii, paper for the Lexicon of Sociology of Literature seminar, Istituto Universitario Orientale, Napoli, Italy.


Essays in Edited Volumes:

'Mimesis and Poiesis: Reflections on Gilbert and Gubar's Reading of Emily Dickinson', in The Madwoman in the Attic after Thirty Years, ed. Annette Federico, foreword by Sandra Gilbert (Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2009), pp. 237-55.

 2007   “ ‘Of Death I try to think like this’: Emily Dickinson’s Play with Death”, in Layers of Dying and Death, Vol. 40, "Probing the Boundaries" Series, edited by Kate Woodthorpe, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN: 978-1-904710-39-5.

2004   “Types And Prototypes Of National Mythology: Löwenthal's Dostoevsky and Dostoevsky's Pushkin,” in Lucia Aiello and David Miller (eds.), Philosophy, Nationalism and Identity. Napoli: Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, 103-114.

Edited Volumes:

2004    With David Miller, Philosophy, Nationalism and Identity, Napoli: Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane.

Articles in Journals:

2009  “The Quest for Meaning: Necessity and Plurality in Emily Dickinson,” Imaginaires 13 (Journal of Centre Interdisciplinaire de Recherches sur les Langues, les Littératures, la Lecture et L’Élaboration de la Pensée), University of Reims Press.

2003  “Fedor Dostoevskii in Britain: The Tale of an Untalented Genius,” Modern Language Review 98, 3, 659-677.

1996   “La simulazione delle soluzioni nell’analisi di H. M. Enzensberger,” Porta di Massa: Laboratorio di Filosofia 2, 20-21, Napoli, Italy.

1995   “Consenso e Obbedienza attraverso la Leggenda del Grande Inquisitore di Dostoevskij,” Porta di Massa: Laboratorio di Filosofia 1, 37-40, Napoli, Italy.

Book Review:

2002  “Images of Ordinariness” (Review of Ordinary Pleasures, by Kay Young. Ohio State University Press, 2001), Il Cannocchiale 3, 193-204.


Monograph with the provisional title: After Reception Theory: Fedor Dostoevskii in Britain, 1869-1935. Under consideration by Legenda Press, Oxford, UK. 

Looking at the “Cracked Mirror”: Narratives of Restoration and Anticipation in Grazia Deledda’s La Madre and Anna Banti’s Artemisia. Under consideration by the Journal of Narrative Theory.

“ ‘This Chasm, Sweet, Upon My Life’: Figures of Melancholy in Emily Dickinson and Amelia Rosselli". Contribution to a forthcoming anthology, edited by Dr David Miller on Melancholy, Literature and Modernity. Under consideration by Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Proposal with the provisional title: “That Foreign Lady”: Emily Dickinson and The European Lyric Tradition.