I am currently working full-time on the AHRC-funded project Interdisciplinary Italy 1900-2020: interart/intermedia (2015-2018), run by Dr Clodagh Brook (principal investigator), together with Dr Florian Mussgnug (co-investigator) and Dr Giuliana Pieri (co-investigator). The project establishes a theoretical framework for interartistic creativity and traces the work of 20th and 21st Century Italian artists across a variety of media, with particular attention to digital art. My individual project within Interdisciplinary Italy investigates creativity across media in the digital age. I am working towards an interartistic cultural history of Italy in the digital age that will lead to a new monograph (in prep. 2019).
My other recent research projects are the following:
Pasolini and Dante
My first monograph, Pasolini After Dante. The ‘Divine Mimesis’ and The Politics of Representation (2016), is a comparative study on two great figures of Italian culture, Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) and Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975). I examine Pasolini’s appropriation of Dante’s realism and how this relates to postwar Italian debates on the ‘questione della lingua’ (the linguistic question, i.e. what is national language?), the ‘national-popular’ (Gramsci), literary experimentalism, and intermediality. Key research questions of this project are the appropriation of classics and the crucial role played by critical interpretations, the representation of the ‘other’ and the convergence of styles and artistic media in Pasolini’s representations. I demonstrate how Pasolini’s rewriting of Dante’s Comedia, La Divina Mimesis, is just an outward sign of a sustained dialogue with Dante on representation started in the early 1950s.
Experimental Narratives From the Novel to Digital Storytelling
This project explores the concept of ‘experimentalism’ in fiction from print literature to digital storytelling, with a special focus on the development of new forms of textuality and reading practices. It follows a conference I co-organised at the IMLR entitled Experimental Narratives: From the Novel to Digital Storytelling (London, February 2015) and it will lead to two main publications: a special issue of the Journal of Romance Studies (in prep. Winter 2016) on interactive narratives; and a special issue of the Journal of Comparative Critical Studies (in prep. Autumn 2016) on the relationship between the literary heritage and digital storytelling. Both publications will offer a comparative perspective across languages and cultures.