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

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Room 3.26
50 George Square

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  • Office Hours – Thursdays 4:15-5:00pm & Fridays 1:15-2:00pm


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. She is also Director of Research (Department of European Languages and Cultures). 

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: (ed) “Enciclopedia gaddiana” (Fabrizio Serra, fortcoming 2019, 2 vols, 1200pp), “Sum qui sum. Vita offesa e ordignità tra Manzoni e Lampedusa” (ETS, fortcoming 2019), “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) (Nuove Lettere Prize 2005; Runner-up Mario Soldati Prize 2006). Her biopolitical reading of WWI won the Runner-up Prize of the Marcel Proust Award (2018). 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: (ed) “The Esposito Dictionary”, 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), and a short monograph “Vitruvian Man. Re-reading Origin with Agamben”.

Federica has secured three large grants in the last six 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.

Responsibilities & affiliations

Professional roles at Edinburgh

  • Professor 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
  • Director ISRC Italo-Scottish Research Cluster
  • Head of Italian (2009-2014, 2016-2017)
  • 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, 2001

External Examiner Appointments

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

Undergraduate teaching


  • Italian 4 Option, Italian Biopolitics from  Giordano Bruno to Roberto Esposito
  • Italian 4 Option, Cleaning up the “Mess”. A Test for Theory
  • Italian 4 Option, Fiction from the Deep. The Svevo (Copernican) Revolution
  • Italian 4 Option, Manzoni, Verga, and the Crisis of Italian Narration
  • DELC 2 IET, Warring Subjects in 20thc European Theatre
  • Italian 2, Decolonisation Impossible: Europe, Italy, Rome
  • Italian 2, Detecting Italy. Sciascia, Camilleri, Gadda, Macchiavelli, Lucarelli
  • Italian 2, Post-risorgimental Syndromes. From Collodi to Umberto Eco
  • Italian 2, Italian Poetry between the World Wars
  • Italian 1, Calvino. Subject-Photographer
  • Italian 1, Italian Modernism. An Introduction
  • Italian 1, The Late Subject. Pirandello’s “Mattia Pascal”


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

Postgraduate teaching


  • MSC Comparative Literature, Theory and Methods 1 (Giorgio Agamben)
  • MSC Performance and Performativity, Experimental Italian Theatre
  • MSc Comparative Literature, Situated Mind Theory
  • MSc European Studies, From Freud to Foucault. Scientific Knowledge and Social Constraint
  • MSc Autonomy of Performance, Stock Revolutions. From the Commedia dell’arte to 20thc Physical Theatre
  • MSc Autonomy of Performance, Gadda Goes to War. Ethics of Performance
  • MSc Theatre and Performance, World of Harlequin. The Goldoni Evolution
  • MSc Theatre and Performance, Triumph of the Jester. Fo’s New Commedia
  • MSc Theatre and Performance, Pirandello’s Superior Naked Masks
  • MScT Theory and Practice of Translation, Practice portfolio


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

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Research summary

  • Modern and Contemporary Italian Culture
  • Comparative Literature
  • Critical Theory
  • Continental Philosophy
  • Biopolitics, Italian Theory
  • Cognitive Narratology
  • Performance Studies
  • Translation Studies
  • Diaspora Studies
  • Digital Humanities
  • Electronic Publishing

Knowledge exchange

View all 57 publications on Research Explorer

88 publications – 4 monographs | 20 book chapters | 21 journal articles | 15 single-edited vols | 7 co-edited vols | 19 encyclopedia lemmas | 2 general reference

4,689 pages in print – 1,424 single-authored | 3,265 edited

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

Large Grants (2012-) – European Commission, Carnegie Trust, Royal Society UK (Total: £250,000)

Citations – 418 verified scholarly citations, 338 of which not captured by Google Scholars

Academia.edu – Harvard Lecture video, 447 views since 1/2/2018 | Top research paper, 227 views since 1/2/2018

Inaugural Lecture – 4,411 YouTube views since 20/9/2012

Edinburgh Gadda Projects, April 2018 Data – 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

Edinburgh Gadda Projects, 2007 Milestone – 7.3% of user traffic to Edinburgh servers | 3rd most accessed on College server