Professor of Literary Metatheory and Modern Italian Studies
Federica G. Pedriali is Professor of Literary Metatheory and Modern Italian Studies. She is Director of the Edinburgh Gadda Projects, Director and General Editor of the Edinburgh Journal of Gadda Studies, Chair of the Edinburgh Gadda Prize, and Director of the Italo-Scottish Research Cluster.
Federica has published extensively on the contemporary Italian canon and its margins, with applications in particular from Derrida and the French theorists. Her books include: “Enciclopedia gaddiana” (Fabrizio Serra, 2017, 2 vols, 1200pp), “Gadda Goes to War. Translational Provocations around an Emergency” (2013), “No-Where-Next | War-Diaspora-Origin” (with C. Pirozzi – 2013), “Altre carceri d’invenzione. Studi gaddiani” (2007) (Selezione Arché 2007; Shortlist Premio Tassoni 2007), “La farmacia degli incurabili. Da Collodi a Calvino” (2006) (Premio Nuove Lettere 2005; Runner-up Premio Mario Soldati 2006). At present she is working on Italian Biopolitics from Giordano Bruno to Roberto Esposito, and on the Great War and the war technologies of peace. Her book projects include the 2 volume set “The Universe Stinks. Props, Gaps and Last Subjects, From Bruno to Gadda” (vol. 1) and “From Freud to Foucault” (vol. 2).
Federica has secured three large grants in the last three years: H2020 Marie Curie International Fellowship (co-applicant with Dr Cristina Savettieri, 2015-2017); Newton International Fellowship (co-applicant with Dr Alberto Godioli, 2013-2014); Carnegie Trust Large Grant (2012-2013). She was Visiting Professor at Harvard (2001), Pavia (2012), and Harvard (2014-2016), and has served as External International Assessor on European grant schemes and on the Italian Research Assessment Exercise ANVUR (2011-).
Federica’s approach to academic work combines a marked theoretical drive and a highly collaborative research ethos, with strong commitment to her communities. Through the Edinburgh Gadda Projects, these now reach deep into the larger community, especially as a result of the close links she has established with both the creative industries and the wider educational sector since founding the Edinburgh Gadda Prize in 2010.
Professional roles at Edinburgh
Visiting and Research Positions
External Examiner Appointments