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Dr Adele Bardazzi

Extraordinary Junior Research Fellow in Italian


I grew up in Florence where I studied classical music at the Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini. I moved to the UK in 2010 to read for a BA in English and Italian at Royal Holloway, University of London. In 2013, I began my DPhil at Christ Church, Oxford, under the supervision of Professor Emanuela Tandello. I have also been awarded various visiting fellowships, among which at University of Groningen, University of Southern California, and New York University. I arrived at Queen’s as a Laming Junior Research Fellow in October 2018.


I have taught a broad range of topics within modern Italian Literature (especially 20th century courses: Eugenio Montale, Giuseppe Ungaretti, Italo Calvino, Primo Levi, and Elsa Morante, and the Introductory Course to the Modern Period 1750–Present Day). I have been Stipendiary Lecturer in Modern Languages (Italian) at Christ Church and External Tutor, primarily at St John’s College and Worcester College. During the 2017–2018 academic year, in my role as Lector in Italian at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford, I taught several courses on Italian Language (mainly Grammar, Translation from English to Italian, and Finalists’ Essay Writing). Since 2016 I have been an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


My research focuses on modern and contemporary poetry, with a series of cross-disciplinary, comparative, and gender-orientated foci. In particular, my scholarship focuses on lyric poetry (with an emphasis on elegy), discourses of mourning and loss, and the cross-fertilisation between the verbal and the visual.

My expertise in lyric poetry is the result of the past six years of research. In my doctoral thesis I studied the poetry of Eugenio Montale (Genoa, 1896–Milan, 1981), one of the leading 20th century Italian poets; my first monograph resulting from this work is currently under review by Peter Lang. Another project on lyric poetry is the co-edited volume, A Gaping Wound: Mourning in Italian Poetry, with Dr Francesco Giusti and Professor Emanuela Tandello, forthcoming with Legenda in 2022. This volume results from two conferences I co-organised at Christ Church on Mourning in Italian Poetry in 2017 and 2018.

During my doctorate I was involved in several projects that allowed me to further explore and extend the focus of my research. Among these projects is the interdisciplinary Research Network ‘Gender and Authority’, which I co-founded in 2016 with funding from The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) and The Balliol Interdisciplinary Institute. As part of this project, I co-organised a two-day international conference on Women and the Canon (Christ Church, 2016). By bringing researchers from different disciplines across the Humanities and Social Sciences — as well as periods and geographical contexts — into conversation, this Network aimed to advance our understanding of the question of authority in the artistic, cultural, and political fields, and specifically where they intersect with issues of gender. The network legacy is a co-edited volume with Dr Alberica Bazzoni, Gender and Authority Across Disciplines, Space and Time (Palgrave, 2020). The Network fostered my interest in issues of gender, which is at the core of both my current and future projects. My research on the poet Antonella Anedda, as part of my Laming Junior Research Fellowship at Queen’s, has given me the opportunity to lay the foundations for my next book project provisionally entitled A Textile Poetics of Entanglement, since it is through the work engaging with textile arts by Anedda that I became interested in this aspect of the interrelation between the poetic text and textiles in other female poets and artists.

I have co-founded several Reading Groups on poetry with focuses on mourning, translation, and feminism. At present, I am co-ordinating one on ‘Italian Poetry Today’ at Queen’s College.  The conversations fostered by this reading group is laying the foundations for a third book project, co-authored with Roberto Binetti, provisionally entitled Contemporary Italian Women Poets: A Poetics of Femininity?, which will examine the notion of women's writing within the Italian poetic context. This project is funded by the John Fell Fund of the University of Oxford and represented by the literary agency Curtis Brown.

Public Engagement

I am committed to proactively engaging with the wider non-academic audience, and my latest project is the Podcast Series BOSS funded by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) that I hosted and co-produced with Dr Kira Allmann. 


In 2017, together with Roger Davies, the Philip Wetton Professor of Astrophysics at Christ Church, Oxford, I co-founded The Francesco Palla Memorial Prize in Astrophysics: an annual prize dedicated to Francesco Palla, Professor of Physics of Interstellar Matter at the University of Florence and former Director of the Observatory of Arcetri. The prize aims to support students reading Physics at Christ Church, Oxford, and motivate them to continue searching for missing answers regarding our universe. More information about the prize and how to donate can be found through Christ Church Matters.


For a full list of publications and more information about my research, please visit my Academia page.