Summary: Pier Paolo Pasolini; Dante Alighieri; intertextuality; multilingualism
I am currently working on my PhD thesis Come una specie di guida: Pasolinis re-uses of Dante in his theories and practise of realism, under the supervision of Dr Gigliola Sulis and Professor Claire Honess. My thesis investigates Pasolinis relationship with Dante chronologically looking at both Pasolinis literary and filmic production with the aim to show that, during his career, Pasolini elaborates complex theories regarding realism through a continuous dialogue with Dante and with twentieth-century Dante criticism.
In an interview with Oswald Stack, Pasolini states that he introduced a certain realism, however, he says it would be hard to define it exactly. Not only is the concept of realism difficult to define, but the effort Pasolini faces when he is asked about it and the ambiguity of his definition make the entire discourse even more complicated. It is not then surprising that, taking into consideration Pasolinis career, scholars have given different definitions of realism: mimetic realism, figural realism, creatural realism, absolute realism, mystical realism, etc. The point of my thesis is not to define which definition is more suitable for Pasolinis oeuvre which will be an unfruitful operation for an author who loves to contradict himself. I will rather conceptualise Pasolinis certain realism throughout his literary and filmic production by showing how important the dialogue with Dante was to him, as he defines the Commedia as [la] più realistica delle opere poetiche italiane (1952). My thesis will however take into account also Dantes less studied works such as the Rime, the Vita nova, and the De vulgari eloquentia to better frame the relationship between the two authors.
I previously studied at the University of Bologna where I completed a MA in Italian Studies, European Literary Cultures, Linguistics (2012-14). My dissertation was on the problem of the salvation of the pagans in Dantes Commedia: «DAristotile e di Plato e di moltaltri»: la questione della salvezza dei pagani nella Commedia. I completed my BA in Modern Literature at the University of Bologna (2009-12) with a thesis on History of Modern Art: La villa dellAmbra. Poggio a Caiano tra celebrazione e filosofia neoplatonica.
In 2014 I worked as Editor & Proofreader intern at Odoya s.r.l. (Bologna, Italy).
In 2015 I worked as Copywriter & Community manager intern at O-one s.r.l. (Bologna, Italy).
In 2016 I worked as Communication Trainee at Tetra Pak (Modena, Italy).
Dantes and Pasolinis concern for the vulgari eloquentia («L'ombra sua torna»: Dante, the twentieth century and beyond - University of Leeds, 24-25 March 2017).
The language of realism: Dantes and Pasolinis concern for the vulgari eloquentia (SIS Biennial Conference - University of Hull, 27-30 June 2017).
Co-founder and co-organiser of Leeds Cineforum a film club that organises film screenings inside and outside Leeds University campus.
«L'ombra sua torna»: Dante, the twentieth century and beyond (University of Leeds, 24-25 March 2017).
Sowing Diversity: Crossing Language & Culture Borders 2017 LCS PGRs Conference (University of Leeds, 5 May 2017).
Film Aesthetics: Bowie, Berkeley, Beckett one-day workshop on early film theory and modernist aesthetics (University of Leeds, 21 June 2017).