Dr Alessio Baldini

Dr Alessio Baldini

Lecturer in Italian Culture
LCS Senior Admissions Tutor

+44 (0)113 3432925

Summary: Contemporary Italian Literature and Culture, Literary Theory, Literature and Ethics, Literature and the Mind.

Location: Michael Sadler Building (Room 1.50)

Teaching Commitments: My teaching focuses on Italian language, literature and culture in its social and historical context. I also teach for LCS modules in World literatures. My office hours are: Tue, 13:00-15:00

Overview

1. Biography

I graduated in Italian literature from the University of Siena (2003), where I later completed a MA (2008) and a Doctorate (2009) in Italian literature and literary theory. In 2010 I was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the University for Foreigners of Siena. In 2012, I was appointed Lecturer in Italian at the University of Leeds. In 2016, I became Lecturer in Italian Culture. 

2. Research interests 

I am a specialist of post-Unification Italian literature and culture. My main research area is contemporary Italian literature, with a focus on literary theory (literature, morality, and emotions). I am also interested in modern Italian material culture (the Made in Italy)

3. Current and forthcoming Research Projects

Currently, I am working on family sagas in Italian literature and audio-visual culture.

3. Selected publications

A. Published work (selected) 

Monograph

 Dipingere coi colori adatti. "I Malavoglia" e il romanzo moderno (Macerata: Quodlibet, 2012).

Edited volume

Allegoria, 60 (2009), Narrativa e vita psichica, pp. 7-165.

Book chapters and Journal articles

– "The liberal imagination of Giovanni Verga: verismo as moral realism", The Italianist, 37.3 (2017), Realisms and idealisms in Italian culture, 1300-2017 Volume 37, 2017, ed. by Brendan Hennessey et al., pp. 348-68.

– “Immaginare l’Italia plurale: ‘questione meridionale’ e immaginario morale nel Verga verista”, Annali della Fondazione Verga, 9 (nuova serie) (2016), Verga e noi: la critica, il canone, le nuove interpretazioni, ed. by Riccardo Castellana et al., pp. 79-102.

– "Made in Italy in Inghilterra: insegnamento e prospettive di ricerca", in D. Balicco (ed.), Made in Italy e cultura: indagine sull'identità italiana contemporanea (Palermo: Palumbo, 2016), pp. 162-77.

– "Il Gattopardo di Tomasi di Lampedusa come saga familiare: realismo modernista ed erosione della famiglia patriarcale", Allegoria, 71-72 (2015), pp. 24-66.

– "Affrontare la fortuna morale: letteratura ed emozioni in Tutti i nostri ieri di Natalia Ginzburg", Moderna: semestrale di teoria e critica della letteratura, 27.2 (2015), Emozioni e letteratura. La teoria di Matte Blanco e la critica letteraria contemporanea, ed. by Alessandra Ginzburg et al., pp. 24-66.

– "Putting the self into perspective: fiction and imagination in Giovanni Verga", The Italianist, 35.3 (2015), Self-reflection in Italian literature, ed. by Olivia Santovetti, pp. 369-383.

– "Dal punto di vista degli altri. 'I Malavoglia' come romanzo moderno", in Pietro Cataldi (ed.), Per Romano Luperini (Palermo: Palumbo, 2010), pp. 193-217.

– "Narrativa e vita psichica", Allegoria, 60 (2009), Narrativa e vita psichica, ed. by Alessio Baldini, pp. 7-12.

– "Istruzione e cultura nell'assedio del presente", Allegoria, 59 (2009) pp. 122-131.

– "Terrence Malick, 'La sottile linea rossa', 1998", Allegoria, 55 (2007), pp. 200-2009.

– "'Mastro-don Gesualdo'. La forma del tempo e il romanzo storico", Allegoria, 52-53 (2006), pp. 23-50.

4. Postgraduate Supervision

I am interested in supervising research projects on modern Italian literature (post-Unification), and literary theory (ethical turn, affective turn).

6. Undergraduate Teaching

[Currently, I am on research leave]

MODL1150 Worlds of Literature (Cornerstone Module).

MODL3300 Final Year Project: Dissertation.

MODL3310 Final Year Project: Extended Essay.

7. Other Professional Activities

A. Editorial work

I am member of the editorial board of the Italian journal of literary theory and criticism Allegoria.

B. Event organization (recent events)

– "Families in Italian literature, culture, and the law: between representation and normativity" (workshop): Dr Alessio Baldini, Dr Carlotta Ferrara degli Uberti (UCL),Dr Angela Condello (University of Rome 3) University of Leeds (12 September 2017).

"Family Sagas in World Literatures and Audio-Visual Cultures: Reimagining Nations Across the Globe” (28-29 June 2017) was a two-day interdisciplinary conference, jointly organized by the University of Leeds Centre for World Literatures and Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures, and sponsored by the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies (University of Leeds), the Leeds Humanities Research Institute (LHRI, University of Leeds), and the British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA).