The Woman Reader Project

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Woman Reader Project

The woman reader in Italian literature and visual arts in the fin de siècle period

The project, funded by the BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants (July 2016 - July 2017), will explore from an interdisciplinary perspective a theme that has been very popular in the literature and iconography of 19th century Italy: the woman reader. The project cements the collaboration between two institutions: Italian at the University of Leeds (UK) and History of Art at the Università della Calabria (Italy). Among the outputs there will be two workshops: one in Leeds entitled 'Capturing reading: the character of the woman reader in novels and paintings in nineteenth-century Italy'; and one in Italy entitled 'The reader in the novel, the viewer in the painting: self-reflexive representations in novels and paintings in the fin-de-siècle period'. There will also be a peer-reviewed volume and an Italian radio programme on the theme of the woman reader.

Call for papers [English] [Italian]

Workshop 1: Programme [downloadable PDF version]

Workshop 2: Programme [downloadable PDF version]

Project organisers: Olivia Santovetti* and Giovanna Capitelli**


* Olivia Santovetti

Lecturer in Italian

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK


** Giovanna Capitelli

Professore Associato di Storia dell'arte moderna

Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Università della Calabria

Via P.Bucci, cubo 21b, Arcavacata di Rende (CS)

Cosenza, Italy


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  1. Research Culture
  2. Research Events
  3. The Woman Reader Project
  4. Self-reflection in Italian literature