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Dr Claudia Nocentini arrived at the University of Edinburgh in 1997 and was promoted to the post of Senior Lecturer in 2003. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Bologna with a dissertation on Woody Allen and parody. She was awarded her PhD from University College London with a dissertation on Italo Calvino.
Much of her academic life has been spent teaching and researching on Calvino, Natalia Ginzburg and Gianni Celati and the humour and vivacity that these writers have in common have coloured her approach to learning and life.
Claudia's research area is twentieth-century literature, with a particular focus on Italo Calvino and his role in post-war Italian culture. Her doctoral research project was a psychoanalytic reading of Calvino’s fictional representation of Sanremo. A monograph based on the thesis, entitled Calvino and the landscape of Childhood, was published by Italian Perspectives, Maney, in 2000.
Since then, she has kept publishing steadily on Calvino in article form, and has taken part in collaborative projects with scholars from other institutions, while gathering archival data and reviewing critical material for her project of an intellectual biography of this major author, Dromomania: Calvino & intellectual geography, also to be published by Maney. She has published also on Natalia Ginzburg and Gianni Celati, and has lectured on the work on Laura Pariani, her more recent discovery.
The scope of her research has allowed her to work with postgraduate students, both in the supervision of studies of Calvino and of the neo avant-garde. She has been teaching an MSc course on Borges and Calvino together with Dr Fiona Mackintosh since 2002.
Intending postgraduate students interested in undertaking research on any aspect of Italian literature from the 1940’s to the present day are welcome to discuss proposals.
This article was published on Oct 30, 2012