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Dr Adele Bardazzi

Laming Research Fellow


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. Since then I have spent periods of time researching abroad, including a visiting fellowship at the University of Southern California. I arrived at Queen’s as a Laming Fellow in October 2018. During this fellowship I will be a visiting fellow in the Italian Department at the New York University, beginning in 2019.


I have taught a wide range of Italian Literature courses (especially on 20th-century material such as: Eugenio Montale, Elsa Morante, and the Introductory Course to the Modern Period (1750-Present Day)). I am also an Outside Tutor, primarily at Christ Church, St John’s, and Worcester Colleges. During the 2017-2018 academic year, in my role as Lector in Italian at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, I taught courses on Italian Grammar, Prose (translation from English to Italian), and Finalists’ Essay Writing. Since 2016 I have been an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


My main interest is modern and contemporary poetry. More specifically, my research focuses on loss and mourning in Italian lyric poetry. In my doctoral thesis I focused on the poetry of Eugenio Montale (Genoa, 1896–Milan, 1981), looking at the notion of ‘ombra’ (shadow) as a key insight into Montale’s eschatological vision. The project I will work on during my Laming Fellowship explores how the poetry of Antonella Anedda (Rome, b. 1955) contemplates and renegotiates her cultural memory of Sardinia, with a particular attention on loss and mourning. As part of this project, I am investigating Anedda’s use of logudorese, one of Sardinia’s oldest languages, and her engagement with Sardiania’s ritualistic heritage, in particular tablet weaving and sewing, which, I argue, allow her to renew her poetic practice and to challenge the traditional lyric dimension of poetry.

I am co-founder and co-convener of the Research Network Gender and Authority, funded by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities. By bringing researchers from different disciplines across the Humanities and Social Sciences—as well as periods and geographical contexts—into conversation, this interdisciplinary Network aims 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. Together with Alberica Bazzoni, I am now putting together an edited volume for Palgrave’s Gender Studies Series. More information on the Gender and Authority Network can be found here:

I am committed to proactively engaging with the wider non-academic audience, and my latest project is the Podcast Series BOSS that I host and co-produce with Kira Allmann. You can listen to it here:


Adele Bardazzi, ‘Re-negotiating the Ends of Poetry: Elegy and “Demi-deuil” in Eugenio Montale’s “La casa dei doganieri”’, 8 (2018), California Italian Studies. Forthcoming 12/2018. See here.

Adele Bardazzi, ‘Eugenio Montale’s Xenia: Between Myth and Poetic Tradition’, in Transmissions of Memory: Echoes, Traumas and Nostalgia in Post-World War II Italian Culture, ed. by Patrizia Sambuco (Madison Teaneck, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2018), pp. 21-38 See here.

Adele Bardazzi, ‘“Occasioni” e “moments of being”: il modernismo di Montale’, Italianistica Debreceniensis, 23 (2018), pp. 21-37 See here.

Adele Bardazzi, ‘The Sound of Silence in Eugenio Montale. A Critical Analysis of Ossi di seppia’, Harts & Minds, 1:4 (2014), pp. 1–19 See here.

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