Alberica Bazzoni is a researcher in the fields of modern Italian literature, literary theory, gender and sexuality studies, as well as sociology of culture, with a particular interest in themes of power and subjectivity, their articulation in literary texts, and their relationship with social structures. She completed her PhD in Italian literature at the University of Oxford in 2015, where she then taught Italian language and literature as lector for two years. She then was British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Warwick with a research project on gender, authority, and the Italian literary canon; stipendiary lecturer in Italian literature at St. Hugh’s College, University of Oxford; and was visiting fellow at Seton Hall University, New Jersey.

She is the author of the monograph Writing for Freedom. Body, Identity and Power in Goliarda Sapienza’s Narrative (2018), winner of the ‘Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in Women’s Studies’, and co-editor of Gender and Authority across Disciplines, Space and Time (2020) and Goliarda Sapienza in Context (2016).

The Living Body: Kinaesthetic Experiences of the Present in Modern Italian Literature
ICI Project 2020-22

How is the kinesthetic experience of the living present accessed and represented in literary texts? What does an aesthetic of the living present reveal about the culture and politics of a specific text and its context? This project explores literary figurations of the living present in nineteenth- to twenty-first-century Italian literature, with a view to producing a feminist theory of the present as a privileged site for a reflection on bodily ontology and agency.

While the dimensions of the past, the future, and various forms of non-linear temporalities have been richly investigated in philosophy and literary studies, the temporal domain of the living present remains largely unexplored territory. Bazzoni will map the configurations, functions, and political implications of experiences of the living present that nourish agency and subjectivity and contrast them with representations of a paralyzed present in which time breaks down and subjects disintegrate.