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Erica Bellia

Erica Bellia
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PhD candidate in Italian
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Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge
CB3 9DA
United Kingdom

About: 

In 2013 I received my BA in Italian Literature from Università degli Studi di Catania with a thesis on Paolo Volponi’s Le mosche del capitale. I then moved to Venice, where I completed my MA in Italian Philology and Literature in 2016, with a thesis concerning thresholds, margins and exile in Paolo Volponi’s prose and poetry. Between 2015 and 2016 I spent six months in Paris, at Université Paris Nanterre, as part of an Erasmus+ programme.

In 2017 I started my PhD at Selwyn College, University of Cambridge, supervised by Prof Robert S. C. Gordon and fully funded by a Keith Sykes Postgraduate Research Scholarship (three years). My research project concerns Italian industrial literature of the 1950s and 1960s.

Teaching interests: 

I have been supervising (small group teaching) since 2018 the Italian Literature and Culture paper for ab initio students (ITA3), which includes modules on Dante, Machiavelli, Primo Levi, Natalia Ginzburg, Vittoria Colonna as well as Italian cinema.

Research interests: 

My thesis investigates intersections between Italian industrial literature of the 1950s and 1960s and the anticolonial thought which in the same years circulated around Europe and was enthusiastically received in Italy by industrial writers. In particular, I propose an anticolonial reading of Italian industrial literature of those years based on a conceptual analogy between industrialisation in Italy and a colonial process.

 

My research interests focus on Italian post-war literature and cultural history, industrial literature and the relationships between literature and labour, but they also include broader questions of poetics (Realism, Neo-Realism, Modernism, Post-Modernism) and theory of literature (postcolonial and cultural studies).

During my academic path, I also developed a parallel interest in Anglo-American Literature (Ca’ Foscari-Harvard Summer School, Venice, June-July 2014).

Published works: 

Conference papers:

  • ‘«La città materna». Urbino nel Lanciatore di giavellotto di Paolo Volponi’, at XXIII Congresso dell'Associazione Internazionale dei Professori di Italiano "Le vie dell'italiano: mercanti, viaggiatori, migranti, cibernauti (e non solo). Percorsi e incroci tra letteratura, lingua, arte e civiltà.", 5-8 September 2018, Università per Stranieri di Siena.
  • ‘«De re nostra agitur». Scrittura industriale e pensiero anticolonialista nell’Italia dei primi anni Sessanta’, at Colloque Langage(s) et pouvoir(s), 19-20 November 2018, Sorbonne Université and Université Paris Nanterre.
  • ‘Thinking Allegorically. A Postcolonial Reading of Italian Industrial Literature?’, at Italian Studies Theory and Practice: An ECR Workshop, 13-14 May 2019, University College Cork.
  • ‘«Ma è voce degli altri». Voice(s) and Language(s) in Italian Industrial Literature, 1955-1975’, at Minorities Reports: SIS Postgraduate Colloquium, 29 November 2019, Durham University.

 

Publications:

  • E. Bellia, ‘Sugli scalini di una casa altrui. Soglie, margini, esilio in Memoriale di Paolo Volponi’, Studi novecenteschi, 94 (2017), pp. 341-364.
  • E. Bellia, ‘«Tradire la propria condizione». Rappresentazioni dell’intellettuale nella narrativa di Paolo Volponi’, in Il «lavoro della letteratura». Forme, temi, metafore di un conflitto occultato e di un’emancipazione a venire (Siena: L’Ospite Ingrato online 2018), pp. 259-280.
  • E. Bellia, review of ‘Neelam Srivastava, Italian Colonialism and Resistances to Empire, 1930- 1970, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, Hampshire 2018’, DEP. Deportate, Esuli, Profughe. Rivista telematica di studi della memoria femminile, 39 (2019), pp. 198-200.
  • E. Bellia, ‘Viaggio in Barberia di Luciano Bianciardi: appunti per una teoria dell’anti-viaggio?’, in «Un viaggio realmente avvenuto. Studi in onore di Ricciarda Ricorda, edited by Alessandro Cinquegrani and Ilaria Crotti (Venice: Edizioni Ca’ Foscari 2019).