Dr Gigliola  Sulis

Dr Gigliola Sulis

Associate Professor in Italian, Director of Italian and Classics

+44 (0)113 343 3639

Summary: Multilingual literature; regional and dialect literatures, especially Sardinian; twentieth-century fiction; language and style of Italian writers

Location: Michael Sadler Building

Teaching Commitments: ITAL2025/ITAL2026. Linguistic Variety in Modern Italy ITAL3370. Dark Italy. Italian Crime Fiction ITAL3090. Italian Dissertation



After a degree in modern Italian literature from the University of Cagliari (1998), I received a PhD in Italian Studies from the University of Reading (2005). I taught in Exeter in 2004/05, before moving to Leeds in 2006. I was Director of Italian in 2012-2014, and since 2014 I am director of the new unit of Italian and Classics.

My main research interests are: multilingual literature (from its theoretical underpinnings to the poetics and ideology of individual authors, especially in relation to the modern novel); regional literatures (esp. from the main islands, Sicily and Sardinia); cultural and artistic representations of Italian polycentrism and of the tension between local and national dimension (esp. from a postcolonial critical perspective).

My research approach integrates stylistics, narratology, and problems of identity raised by multicultural diversity.

I have published on multilingual literature, the language and style of contemporary Italian writers (e.g. Luigi Meneghello, Andrea Camilleri, Joyce Lussu, Laura Pariani, Sergio Atzeni, Marcello Fois), the literary canon, modern dialect poetry, Sardinian literature, and twentieth-century women's writing. I also have an interest in contemporary Italian history, with a main focus on the Resistance and on social unrest in the 1970s. 

Research supervision

I am happy to consider candidatures for postgraduate studies (MAR and PhD) on: multilingual literature (also in comparative perspective), multilingualism and translation, regional and dialect literatures (especially – but not only - from Sardinia and Sicily), twentieth- and twenty-first-century fiction (especially the contemporary novel), language and style of modern and contemporary writers.

To date, I have supervised PGR students in their Master by Research on the contemporary 'scrittore impegnato' (Camilleri/Saviano) (2014), on the Resistance novels by Meneghello and Fenoglio (2013), and on the re-uses of classical sources in the fiction of Fois (2009). At present, I am the main supervisor for PhD theses on: Carlo Levi; the family novel; style and syntax in the work by Leonardo Sciascia and Gesualdo Bufalino; the creation/translation of onomatopoeia in Italian Disney comics (with the Centre for Translation Studies); and the rhetoric of anti-rhetoric in the Resistance novels. I co-supervise PhD theses on: the construction of non-white, mixed-race identities in colonial and postcolonial Italy (Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies); the work of Ascanio Celestini; implied reader and indeterminacy in Italian Literature.

I have supervised international visiting doctoral students working on contemporary Sardinian fiction (novels/films),  postcolonial Italian fiction  (with the Institute for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies), and linguistics (teaching Italian as a foreign language).


In 2014-15 I teach: ITAL2025/6. Linguistic Variety in Modern ItalyITAL3370. Dark Italy. Italian Crime FictionITAL3090. Italian Dissertation 

My office hours in term time are Tuesdays, 4-6pm, and my office is in 1.41 Michael Sadler Building 

Research and selected publications

Edited volumes

  • F. Billiani and G. Sulis (eds), The Italian Gothic and Fantastic. Encounters and Re-writings of Narrative Traditions (Madison, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson, 2007)
  • (ed.) Sergio Atzeni, Scritti giornalistici (1966-1995), 2 vols (Nuoro: Il Maestrale, 2005)
  • M. Aresu, G. Sulis, and others (eds), Rivelazioni e promesse del '68 (Cagliari: Cuec, 2002)
  • G. Marci and G. Sulis (eds), Trovare racconti mai narrati, dirli con gioia: Convegno di studi su Sergio Atzeni (Cagliari: Cuec, 2001) 

Selected articles and book chapters