Academica

I graduated in English literature in 2002 with a thesis on Patrick McCabe; ever since my chief field of interest has been Irish literature. As a practitioner of Irish traditional music, I tackle the Irish cultural tradition by an interdisciplinary point of view. In 2004 I started my PhD research, focusing on the influence of the Irish oral tradition on contemporary Irish literature. I was interested on demonstrating how the intrinsic performative nature of Irish traditional culture had left a strong mark on literature; even though the scope of orally transmitted culture has decreased, many of its features have been absorbed by literature. Starting from general theories on oral and orally transmitted cultures, I developed a theoretical approach to Irish traditional culture; I put music on the same plan as literature. My plan was to start from the influence of oral culture on Joyce and expand my research to other authors; I soon realised orality on Joyce was more than enough. A chapter of my work is devoted to Ciarán Carson, whose theories on the Irish tradition have been fundamental for the shaping of theoretical perspective. I completed my PhD in 2007, with a thesis titled ‘In the Old Irish Tonality’: Oral Echoes and Traditional Culture in the Works of James Joyce and Ciarán Carson.

Presently I am collaborating with the English department of the University of Verona. I am a member of the editorial board of Iperstoria, a literary magazine on history and literature issued by the Società Letteraria di Verona.