Paola Cori

Photo of Paola CoriAfter graduating in Italian literature at the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, I completed a PhD at the University of Birmigham under the supervision of Prof. Michael Caesar.

My thesis on Image and Memory in Leopardi was awarded a ‘Giacomo Leopardi Prize’ in 2010 by the Centro Nazionale di Studi Leopardiani in Recanati. My specialization is Leopardi and eighteenth and nineteenth-century Italian literature, the theory and practice of metaphors and the philosophy of memory from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. I am also interested in post-structuralism and intertextuality and I am currently exploring the relationship between poetry, philosophy and science in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries from a comparative European perspective.

I am currently a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Italian and teacher of Italian in the Centre for Modern Languages.

Scholarships and awards

  • ‘Giacomo Leopardi Prize’ 2010,awarded by the Centro Nazionale di Studi Leopardiani, Recanati, for my doctoral thesis (runner-up in the competition)
  • AHRC and Leopardi Centre funding for PhD 2007-2008
  • School of Humanities and Leopardi Centre funding for PhD 2005-2007
  • Borsa di perfezionamento all’estero from the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, funding for PhD 2006
  • ‘Giacomo Leopardi Prize’ 2005, special mention in the competition, conferred by the Centro Nazionale di Studi Leopardiani for my ‘Tesi di laurea’ (MA dissertation)
  • ADISU undergraduate scholarship at the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’ 1999-2003

Publications

Articles (peer reviewed)

  • ‘Ephemera: The Feeling of Time in Leopardi’s Canto notturno’, Italian Studies, 67, 1, forthcoming Feb. 2012
  • ‘“Tensione” nello Zibaldone’, in N. Bellucci (ed.), Per un lessico leopardiano, Rome, Palombi, in print
  • ‘“Di temenza è sciolto”: pensiero e poesia della soglia’, Rivista Internazionale di Studi Leopardiani, 7, 2011, pp. 41-68
  • ‘Reflections on Leopardi, Borges, Deleuze and the Rhizome’, Appunti leopardiani, 1, 1, 2011 http://www.appuntileopardiani.cce.ufsc.br/artigosphp/paola.php (hosted at the Universidade Federal de S. Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil)

Reviews

  • Massimo Natale, Il canto delle idee. Leopardi fra “Pensiero dominante” e “Aspasia”, Venice, Marsilio, 2009, in Forum Italicum, 1, 2010, pp. 241-243
  • Francesco Giusti, ‘Le parole di Orfeo: Dante, Petrarca, Leopardi e gli archetipi di un genere’, in Italian Studies, 1, 2009, pp. 56-76 in La rassegna della letteratura italiana, 1, 2010, pp. 279-280
  • Cosetta Veronese, The Reception of Giacomo Leopardi in the Nineteenth Century: Italy’s Greatest Poet After Dante?, Ceredigion, The Edwin Mellen Press, 2008, in La rassegna della letteratura italiana, 1, 2009, pp. 326-328
  • Nicola Gardini, ‘History and Pastoral in the Structure of Leopardi’s Cant i’, in The Modern Language Review, 1, 2008, pp. 76-92, in La rassegna della letteratura italiana, 1, 2008, pp. 631-632 , in , 1, 2008, pp. 76-92, in , 1, 2008, pp. 631-632

Conference papers and presentations

  •  2011:Dante Society Research Seminar Series (University of Birmingham, 9 November): ‘Leopardi and Electricity’
  • 2011: ‘Per un lessico leopardiano’ (Frascati, Rome, 9-13 May): ‘”Tensione” nello Zibaldone’.
  • 2011: ‘Per un lessico leopardiano’ (Frascati, Rome, 9-13 May). Presentation of Fabiana Cacciapuoti’s volume Dentro lo ‘‘Zibaldone’
  • 2010: ‘Thinking in Fragments’ (University of Birmingham, 16-17 December): ‘Leopardi, Borges, Deleuze and the rhizome’
  • 2010: ‘Europe Inside Out’ (Graduate Centre for Europe, 25 March): ‘Viva skills’ (with Nicholas Martin)
  • 2010: ‘Leopardi day’ (University of Birmingham, 23 March): ‘“Di temenza è sciolto”: pensiero e poesia della soglia’
  • 2009: SIS Biennial Conference (Royal Holloway, 16-19 April): ‘The Rhizomatic Structure of Leopardi’s Zibaldone
  • 2009: ‘Leopardi day’ (University of Birmingham, 11 March): From Clarity to Memory in the Writing of the Zibaldone
  • 2008: Birmingham-Warwick postgraduate day (University of Warwick, 22 May): ‘Self-Comparison and the Heritage of the Self in Leopardi’s Canti
  • 2007: SIS Biennial Conference (University of Bangor, 4-6 July 2007): ‘”Paragonarmi meco medesimo”: affetti e memoria nelle similitudini dello Zibaldone’
  • 2007: SIS PG Colloquium (University of Glasgow, 27 April 2007): ‘“Vivissime somiglianze fra le cose ”: il dire definitivo dello Zibaldone
  • 2006: Postgraduate Symposium (University of Birmingham, 20 February): ‘Le similitudini nelle Operette morali e nello Zibaldone

Conferences organized

  • 2011: ‘Leopardi day’ (University of Birmingham, 15 February): ‘On Silence and Loss in Leopardi’ (conference co-organizer) - International conference hosting Dr Emanuela Tandello (Oxford) as keynote speaker
  • 2010: ‘Leopardi day’ (University of Birmingham, 23 March): ‘Mind and Psyche. Writing and the Self in Giacomo Leopardi’ (principal organizer) - International conference hosting Prof. Claudio Colaiacomo (Rome, ‘La Sapienza’) as keynote speaker
  • 2009: SIS Biennial Conference (Royal Holloway, 16-19 April): ‘The Zibaldone and the Modern Text’ (panel co-organizer)
  • 2009: ‘Leopardi day’ (University of Birmingham, 11 March): ‘Giacomo Leopardi’s Zibaldone di pensieri: Meaning, Aims, Readings’ (conference co-organizer)