Carolina Buffoli

Thesis title: Transgenerational trauma, colonial palimpsests and the problematisation of the Gothic in contemporary Scottish and Postcolonial literatures


Master's degree - MSc (Hons)  in Comparative European and Non-European Languages and Literatures, Università degli Studi di Verona, 2018

Bachelor's degree - BA (Hons) in Languages and literatures for publishing and digital media, Università degli Studi di Verona, 2015

Responsibilities & affiliations

Reader and Judge for the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction

Member of IASSL (International Association for the Study of Scottish Literatures)

Member of EACLALS (The Association for Commonwealth Literature And Language Studies - Europe)

Widening Participation & YourEd+ Tutor of English Literature

Tutor for MOOC 'How to Read a Novel'

Undergraduate teaching

Scottish Literature II

English Literature II

English Literature I

Research summary

My research focuses on the comparative analysis of how contemporary (late 20th - 21st c.) Scottish and Postcolonial literatures engage with the Gothic to question and investigate transgenerational trauma and the legacies of colonialism

Current research interests

Gothic Studies, Scottish Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Trauma Theory, Indigenous writing, 20th- and 21st-century fiction, Transatlantic Slavery Studies, resistance narratives, diaspora studies

Past research interests

Master's dissertation (2018): Scottish Literature and Contemporary Gothic between devolution and the independence referendum of 2014 ; Undergraduate dissertation (2015): Katherine Mansfield’s short stories, Modernism and the objective correlative

Papers delivered

“Decolonial Readings: Destabilising Eurocentric Frames of Interpretation in Contemporary Criticism of Indigenous Literature: The Case of Alexis Wright's Plains of Promise” - Building Bridges: An Interdisciplinary Conference, 4-7 April 2022

“Contemporary Scottish Gothic: Silenced histories, transnational contexts” -  Third World Congress of Scottish Literatures, 22-26 June 2022 (Accepted) 

“Colonial palimpsests: transgenerational trauma and the problematisation of the Gothic in contemporary indigenous writing in Canada and New Zealand” - 19th  ACLALS Triennial Conference The Ruptured Commons, 11-15 July 2022 (Accepted)