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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Michele Maiolani

(c) The University of Cambridge
PhD Candidate
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Contact details: 
Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1223 335 000 (Main Faculty number)

Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
United Kingdom


I have studied and graduated at the University of Pisa and at the Scuola Normale Superiore. I have always been interested mainly in modern and contemporary Italian novel: my MA dissertation was a general interpretation of Leonardo Sciascia’s method, both in his detective stories and in his documentary narratives. You can find something more on my Academia personal page:

Research interests: 

I am first year PhD candidate in Italian. I am currently starting my research on the influence of the anthropological method on Italian 20th-century novel under the supervision of Prof Robert Gordon. I will mainly focus on three authors, Italo Calvino, Primo Levi e Leonardo Sciascia, who during the last part of their lives (the late ’70s and the ’80s) tried to build a new method to interpret a reality that was becoming more and more difficult to grasp. The point of my research topic that most interests me is to see then how these novelists, being frequent readers and even translators of anthropologists, went back to reread their previous books and attempted to rewrite them, facing old problems with a new approach.