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Marcello Giovanelli

Reader in Literary Linguistics, Aston University

I am the author of three research monographs and over forty articles and book chapters. 'Text World Theory and Keats' Poetry: The Cognitive Poetics of Desire, Dreams and Nightmares', the first book-length study of a canonical English poet using Text World Theory, was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2013. My 2022 monograph, 'The Language of Siegfried Sassoon' (Palgrave Macmillan), draws on Cognitive Grammar to explore Sassoon's poetry, prose and non-fiction and is my latest output in what is a long-standing interest in Sassoon's work.

Recently have begun exploring the language of 'covid poetry' (defined as poetry directly influenced by and/or representing the experience of living through the pandemic). This research combines text analysis with reader response data generated from questionnaires and reading group discussion. Pandemic reading also features in The Lockdown LIbrary Project, a study of reading habits during the first UK lockdown in March 2020 that I ran with colleagues at Aston.

My interests in English education focus on applications of cognitive linguistics in pedagogical contexts, grammar teaching, and the ways in which literature is framed and studied in educational settings. For more on this see www. which I run with Dr Jessica Mason (Sheffield Hallam University). Our book, 'Studying Fiction', was published by Routledge in April 2021.


  • 2017–present
    Reader in Literary Linguistics, Aston University