After a degree in modern Italian literature from the University of Cagliari (1998), I received a PhD in Italian Studies from the University of Reading (2005). I taught in Exeter in 2004/05, before moving to Leeds in 2006. I was Director of Italian in 2012-2014, and since 2014 I am director of the new unit of Italian and Classics.
My main research interests are: multilingual literature (from its theoretical underpinnings to the poetics and ideology of individual authors, especially in relation to the modern novel); regional literatures (esp. from the main islands, Sicily and Sardinia); cultural and artistic representations of Italian polycentrism and of the tension between local and national dimension (esp. from a postcolonial critical perspective).
My research approach integrates stylistics, narratology, and problems of identity raised by multicultural diversity.
I have published on multilingual literature, the language and style of contemporary Italian writers (e.g. Luigi Meneghello, Andrea Camilleri, Joyce Lussu, Laura Pariani, Sergio Atzeni, Marcello Fois), the literary canon, modern dialect poetry, Sardinian literature, and twentieth-century women's writing. I also have an interest in contemporary Italian history, with a main focus on the Resistance and on social unrest in the 1970s.
In Leeds, I am the founder and director of 'LivItaly. Bringing Italian Culture to Yorkshire', a series of events with the protagonists of contemporary Italian contemporary culture. See: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/info/125180/livitaly_bringing_italian_culture_to_yorkshire