Federica G Pedriali

Professor of Literary Metatheory and Modern Italian Studies

  • Italian Section
  • Department of European Languages and Cultures
  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Contact details

Address

Street

Room 3.26
50 George Square

City
Edinburgh
Post code
EH8 9LH

Availability

  • Office Hours by Teams Appointment – Th 4:15-5pm; F 1:15-2pm

Background

Federica G. Pedriali is Professor and Chair 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. She is also Director of Research (Department of European Languages and Cultures) and Head of Italian Studies. 

Federica has published extensively on the contemporary Italian canon and its margins, with applications from Continental Philosophy, in particular French Theory, and more recently Biopolitics, Ecocriticism and Decoloniality. Her work, including her teaching and postgraduate supervision, intersects Biopolitics, Cognitive Narratology, Continental Philosophy, Decoloniality and Decolonial Studies, Migration and Diaspora Studies, the Environmental Humanities, Modern and Contemporary Italian Culture, Performance Studies and Political Theory.

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.

Responsibilities & affiliations

Professional Roles at Edinburgh

  • Professor and Chair of Literary Metatheory and Modern Italian Studies
  • Director of Research, Department of European Languages and Cultures
  • Director Edinburgh Gadda Projects
  • Director and General Editor EJGS – Edinburgh Journal of Gadda Studies
  • Head of Italian Studies
  • Director ISRC Italo-Scottish Research Cluster
  • Research Adviser for Italian
  • Postgraduate Coordinator

Visiting and Research Positions

  • Visiting Professor, Harvard University, 2014-2016
  • Visiting Professor, Pavia University, 2012
  • Personal Chair, 2008
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council, Research Leave, 2005
  • Visiting Fellow, Harvard University, 2005
  • Promoted to a Readership, 2004
  • Visiting Professor, Harvard University, 2000-2001

External Examiner Appointments

  • Oxford University, 2021, Viva, PhD Programme
  • Siena, 2020, Viva, Masters Programme
  • IULM, 2019, Viva, PhD Programme
  • Oxford University, 2018-, UG Programme
  • Trieste University, 2018, Viva, PhD Programme
  • Harvard University, 2017, Viva, PhD Programme
  • Florence University, 2017, Viva, PhD Programme
  • Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa, 2016, Viva, PhD Programme
  • National University Ireland Galway, 2014-2017, UG & PG Programmes
  • Ghent University, 2014, Viva, PhD Programme
  • St Andrews University, 2014, Viva, PhD Programme
  • Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa, 2012, Viva, PhD Programme
  • Durham University, 2009-2013, UG & PG Programmes

Undergraduate teaching

Edinburgh

  • Biopower. Troubling Power from Foucault to Agamben – DELC Common Course, Honours and Masters Levels, Full Semester Option
  • Cleaning up the “Mess” (Gadda: A Test for Theory) – Italian 4 Honours, Full Semester Option
  • Decolonisation Impossible: Europe, Italy, Rome – Italian 2 Module
  • Guarded Sea. Biopolitics of Immunity and Exoneration – DELC Common, Y2 Module 
  • Italy by Design. Materiality, Intermediality and Commodification from Leonardo to the MAXXI – DELC Common, Honours and Masters Levels, Full Semester Option
  • Migration Diaspora Exile. The Politics of Representation – DELC Common, Y2 Full Semester Course
  • The World’s Laboratory. Italian Biopolitics from Giordano Bruno to Roberto Esposito – Italian 4 Honours, Full Semester Option

Harvard

  • Deconstructing Rome – Italian 132, Full Semester Option
  • Italy The Seven Deadly Sins – Italian 133, Full Semester Option
  • Situated Minds. Total Toxicity & Other Modernist Embodiment – Italian 134, Full Semester Option

Postgraduate teaching

Edinburgh

  • MSC Comparative Literature, Theory and Methods – Affirmative Biopolitics and the Holocaust, Masters Module
  • MSc Comparative Literature – Situated Mind Theory, Masters Module
  • MSc European Studies – From Freud to Foucault. Scientific Knowledge and Social Constraint, Masters Module
  • MSc Autonomy of Performance – Gadda Goes to War. Politics of Performance, Masters Module

Harvard

  • Gadda Goes To War. Provocations around the State-Stage – Italian 240, Full Semester Option
  • Locating Utopos. From Thomas More to Veronica Roth – Italian 242, Full Semester Option
  • Italian Biopolitics from Giordano Bruno to Roberto Esposito – Italian 244, Full Semester Option
  • Postgraduate Research Supervision – Italian 320, Full Year

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?

Yes

Areas of interest for supervision

Federica welcomes research proposals intersecting Biopolitics, Cognitive Narratology, Continental Philosophy, Decoloniality and Decolonial Studies, Migration and Diaspora Studies, the Environmental Humanities, Modern and Contemporary Italian Culture, Performance Studies and Political Theory.

Research summary

Federica has published extensively on the contemporary Italian canon and its margins, with applications from Continental Philosophy, in particular French Theory, and more recently Biopolitics, Ecocriticism and Decoloniality. Her work, including her teaching and postgraduate supervision, intersects the following research areas:

  • Biopolitics
  • Cognitive Narratology
  • Continental Philosophy
  • Decoloniality and Decolonial Studies
  • French and Italian Theory
  • Migration and Diaspora Studies
  • Environmental Humanities and Ecocriticism
  • Modern and Contemporary Italian Culture
  • Performance Studies
  • Political Theory

Knowledge exchange

View all 57 publications on Research Explorer

Outputs | 90 publications, incl 4 single-authored monographs

Print Volume | 4,689 pages in print (1,424 single-authored; 3,265 edited)

Awards | Runner up Prize, Marcel Proust Prize 2018 | Runner up Prize, Mario Soldati Prize 2006 | Winner, Nuove Lettere Prize 2005

Large Grants | European Commission, Carnegie Trust, Royal Society UK (Total: £250,000)

Inaugural Lecture (2012) | 4,959 YouTube views

Milestone Data (2007) | Edinburgh Gadda Projects  | 7.3% of user traffic to Edinburgh servers | 3rd most accessed Edinburgh-generated resource on College server

Other Data | Edinburgh Gadda Projects | 29,410 google result on ave per search | 744 sessions per week | 1,926 page views per week | 524 users per week – 30% of which returning