Alessandra Pellegrini De Luca

Thesis title: In development


Alessandra Pellegrini De Luca obtained her Master’s degree in Italian Studies at the University of Bologna in 2015, with a dissertation on Leonardo Sciascia and the Italian terrorism of the 1970s. She is currently pursuing her research at the University of Edinburgh with a AHRC-funded PhD on 'Terrorism and Realism in Contemporary Italian literature: the Victim as a Literary Character and a Cultural Paradigm of the Years of Lead' (supervisors Dr Davide Messina and Prof Federica Pedriali). She is also a freelance journalist for Italian newspapers. 


Bachelor Degree in Humanities (University of Bologna, 2013), Master Degree in Italian Studies (University of Bologna, 2015)

Undergraduate teaching

She is currently Language Tutor for the Foundation Italian 1 courses of Semester 1 and Semester 2

Current project grants

AHRC SGSAH DTP Scholarship (2017-2019):


  • March 15, 2018, University of Edinburgh, co-organized with Dr Davide Messina, funded by Society of Italian Studies, Italian Cultural Institute (Edinburgh), University of Edinburgh: 'Years of Lead Reloaded | 40 Years After Aldo Moro’s Kidnapping'

       Screening of 'Buongiorno, notte' (Goodmorning, Night) by Marco Bellocchio,  2003 

       Invited Speakers: Giorgio Vasta, author of 'Il Tempo Materiale' ('Time on My Hands), 2008; Professor Philip Cooke (University of Stratchlyde)



Papers delivered

  • University of Edinburgh (UK), November 15, 2017. UG-LED Italian Research Seminar: 'The Myth of the ‘Betrayed Resistance’ in 1970s Italy'
  • University of South Carolina (USA), February 15-18, 2018. 1968 in Global Perspectives: '1968 and Political Terrorism in Contemporary Italian and German Literature'

  • University of Sussex (UK), April 5-6, 2018. SIS Themed Conference 2018, Resistance in Italian Culture: Literature, Film and Politics: 'Resistance and Left-Wing Terrorism in Contemporary Italian Literature'

  • University of Rome "La Sapienza" (Italy), June 26-28, 2018. Past (Im)Perfect Continuous: trans-cultural articulations of the Postmemory of WWII: 'Postmemorial articulations of the Italian Resistance in ideological terms'. 

  • University of Edinburgh (UK), June 26-28, 2019. SIS  (Society of Italian Studies) Biennial Conference 2019: 'Militant Memories: 1970s Terrorism in Contemporary Italian Culture'.