Dr Marina Spunta

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Associate Professor of Italian

Director of Studies, Modern Languages

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    Department: Modern Languages

    Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2658

    Email: m.spunta@le.ac.uk

    Office: Room 1111, Attenborough Tower

    Address: School of Arts, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH

    Office hours: During term time: Tuesday 15:00-16.00; Wednesday 11.00-12.00, or by appointment

Personal details

Biography

My research interests include contemporary Italian literature; cultural studies; space, place, landscape studies; orality and vocality; Italian photography; postwar Italian cinema; visual studies. I also have an interest in applied linguistics (especially pragmatics, discourse analysis and stylistics). I have a first/MA degree in Modern Languages and Literatures (Bologna), an MPhil in Applied Linguistics (Exeter), and a PhD in Italian Studies (Birmingham). My current research explores the intersections between contemporary Italian literature, photography and the investigation of place and landscape, with particular reference to the Po valley region and to the work of Luigi Ghirri, Gianni Celati and a group of artists and writers who collaborated with them in the 1980s and were influenced by their work.

I am Director of Studies in Modern Languages and specialise in contemporary Italian literature and photography. My publications include Voicing the Word: Writing Orality in Contemporary Italian Fiction (2004) and Claudio Piersanti, (2009); I have also co-edited the first scholarly volume in English on Luigi Ghirri (with J. Benci), Luigi Ghirri and the Photography of Place. Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Peter Lang, 2017).

In 2013-2015 I was Principal Investigator for the British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant ‘Viewing and writing Italian landscape. Luigi Ghirri and his legacy in photography and literature’.

Qualifications

  • Dottore in Lingue Letterature Straniere (Bologna)
  • MPhil in Applied Linguistics (Exeter)
  • PhD in Italian Studies (Birmingham)
  • Senior Fellow HEA

Publications

Voicing the Word 2

Books and Edited Volumes

  • M. Spunta and J. Benci (eds), Luigi Ghirri and the Photography of Place. Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2017)
  • S. Storchi, M. Spunta and M. Morelli (eds), Women and the Public Sphere in Modern and Contemporary Italy. Essays for Sharon Wood (Leicester: Troubador, 2017)
  • M. Spunta, Claudio Piersanti, Florence: Cadmo, 2009
  • L. Rorato & M. Spunta (eds), Letteratura come fantasticazione. In conversazione con Gianni Celati, Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, 2009
  • M. Caesar and M. Spunta (eds), Orality and literacy in modern Italian culture, Oxford: Legenda, 2006
  • C. Dente, G. Ferzoco, M. Gill, M. Spunta, (eds), Proteus - The language of metamorphosis,
  • Spunta and Benci cover Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005
  • M. Spunta, Voicing the Word: Writing Orality in Contemporary Italian Fiction, Oxford/Bern: Peter Lang, 2004

Journal articles

  • ‘‘Dentro la città”: Gabriele Basilico’s Photography and the Embodied “Experience of Place”, Annali d’Italianistica, 37 (2019), Urban Space and the Body, pp. 79-107
  • M. Spunta, ‘‘A magical balance of opposites’. Reading Luigi Ghirri’s photography through Walter Benjamin’, Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, vol. 2:2, May 2014, pp. 215-235
  • ‘Intervista a Claudio Piersanti’, The Italianist, 2009: i, pp. 156-72
  • ‘Esplorazioni sulla via Emilia e dintorni – la fotografia italiana degli anni ’80 in dialogo con la scrittura di paesaggio’, in G. Minghelli (ed), The modern Image, Intersections of Photography, Cinema and Literature in Italian Culture, special issue of L’anello che non tiene. Journal of Modern Italian Literature, University of Wisconsin, Madison, XX-XXI, 1-2, Spring-Fall 2008-2009, pp. 158-87
  • ‘Vocalità e ascolto nella narrativa di Gianni Celati e Daniele Benati’, Nuova prosa, n. 47, 2007, pp. 83-102
  • Il profilo delle nuvole: Ghirri’s photography and the new Italian landscape’, Italian Studies, 61: 1, Spring 2006, pp. 114-36
  • ‘Ghirri, Celati e lo ‘spazio di affezione’, in C. Clò (ed), Spaesamenti Padani: Studi Culturali sull’Emilia-Romagna, monographic issue of Il lettore di provincia, 123/124, May/Dec 2006, pp. 27-39
  • ‘‘Tra la via Emilia e il West’ – displacement and loss of identity in the fiction of Daniele Benati’, Italica, 83.3–4 (Fall and Winter 2006): 649–65
  • ‘Conversazione con Daniele Benati’, Rassegna Europea di Letteratura Italiana, 23, 2004, pp. 117-49
  • ‘Ugo Cornia e la spensieratezza della vita (e della morte)’, in M-E. Caspar (ed), Narrativa, Gli Esordienti, 25, C.R.I.X, Centres de Reserches Italiennes, 2003, pp. 169-86
  • ‘Voci dalle pianure nell’Emilia di Daniele Benati’, Romance Studies, 21: 3 (November 2003), pp. 215-30
  • Il narrare semplice, naturale di Gianni Celati e i suoi progetti editoriali’, Rassegna Europea di Letteratura Italiana, 22, 2003, pp. 53-72
  • ‘Lo spazio delle pianure come “territorio di racconti” - verso la foce con Gianni Celati’, Spunti e Ricerche, 18, 2003, pp. 5-28
  • ‘“La bestia paziente”: images of the body in the fiction of Erri De Luca’, Italian culture, xx, 1-2, 2002, pp. 123-34
  • ‘A balanced displacement: images of vision and silence in Erri De Luca’s Non ora, non qui’, Forum Italicum, 35: 2, 2001, pp. 383-402
  • ‘Il Cinema naturale di Gianni Celati: ascoltare/parlare il visibile’, in M-E. Caspar (ed), Narrativa, Scrittori del duemila, 20/21, C.R.I.X, Centres de Reserches Italiennes, 2001, pp. 151-67
  • ‘Struck by Silence: A Reading of Erri De Luca’s I colpi dei sensi, Italica, 78: 3, 2001, pp. 367-86
  • ‘The language of tolerance: dialogism and orality in Francesca Duranti’s Sogni mancini’, Modern Language Notes, 115: 1, 2000, pp. 120-136
  • ‘A balanced language: spoken and dialogic style in the narrative of Francesca Duranti’, The Modern Language Review, 95: 2, 2000, pp. 374-88
  • ‘‘Prima persona’: intervista a Erri De Luca’, Annali d’Italianistica, 18, 2000, pp. 459-74
  • ‘Spoken style and contemporary narrative: a reading of Tabucchi’s short stories’, Tutt’Italia, 20, 1999, pp. 7-13
  • ‘The food of tolerance in Francesca Duranti’s Sogni mancini’, The Italianist, 19, 1999, pp. 228-50
  • ‘‘Dialoghi mancati’: uses of silence, reticence and ellipsis in the fiction of Antonio Tabucchi’, Quaderni d’Italianistica, XIX, 2, 1998, pp. 101-13
  • ‘Elspeth Davie and the gap’, in Chapman – Scotland’s Quality Literary Magazine, 1995, pp. 19-26
  • ‘Zur Geschichte des Foto-Text-Bandes in Italien’ (‘Appunti su una linea del fotolibro italiano: Un paese, Il profilo delle nuvole e Viaggio in un paesaggio terrestre’), Zibaldone. Zeitschrift für Italienische Kultur der Gegenwart; Fotographie in Italien, ed. by T. Bremer and T. Heydenreich, n. 55, Spring 2013, pp. 77-88
  • ‘Pensar com imagens’ (Thinking through images), ZUM, 3, 2012, 58-63 (translated  into Brazilian Portuguese)
  • ‘Fossati’s and Messori’s Viaggio in un paesaggio terrestre – an imaginative journey through writing, photography, landscape and painting’, Italian Studies, vol. 66, n. 1, March 2011, pp. 93-111
  • ‘Sense of home and ‘exile’ in Giorgio Messori’s narrative fiction’, Romance Studies, vol. 29, n. 4, November 2011, pp. 285-98
  • ‘Claudio Piersanti e la “fuga dal mondo’, Bollettino Novecento, 1-2, 2010, http://www3.unibo.it/boll900/numeri/2010-i/W-bol/Spunta/Spunta_frame.html

Book chapters

  • Verso la foce: The Experience of Place between Writing and Photography’, in P. Barron (ed), Towards the River’s Mouth by Gianni Celati (Lanham (Maryland): Lexington Books, 2019), pp. 77-88
  • ‘Gianni Celati and the allure of the voice: from “Voci da terra” to “Notizie ai naviganti”’, in M. Ronchi Stefanati (ed), Gianni Celati. Traduzione, Tradizione e Riscrittura (Canterano, Rome: Aracne, 2019), pp. 49-68
  • M. Spunta and J. Benci, ‘Introduction. Re-siting Luigi Ghirri’, in M. Spunta and J. Benci (eds), Luigi Ghirri and the Photography of Place. Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2017), pp. i-lv
  • ‘Narrating the experience of place: Luigi Ghirri and literature’, in M. Spunta and J. Benci (eds), Luigi Ghirri and the Photography of Place. Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2017), pp. 199-224
  • ‘Voicing female subjectivity: autobiography and authority in Silvia Ballestra and Joyce Lussu’, in S. Storchi, M. Spunta and M. Morelli (eds), Women and the Public Sphere in Modern and Contemporary Italy. Essays for Sharon Wood (Leicester: Troubador, 2017), pp. 91-105
  • M. Spunta, S. Storchi and M. Morelli, ‘Introduction’, in S. Storchi, M. Spunta and M. Morelli (eds), Women and the Public Sphere in Modern and Contemporary Italy. Essays for Sharon Wood (Leicester: Troubador, 2017), pp. xiii-xxv
  • L’ubicazione del bene: lo spaesamento suburbano narrato da Giorgio Falco’, in S. Contarini, G. Piras, M. Marras (eds), Nuove geografie letterarie nell’Italia del XXI secolo (Florence: Cesati, 2016), pp. 133-140
  • ‘Fossati’s and Messori’s vision of landscape in Viaggio in un paesaggio terrestre’, in G. Alù and N. Pedri (eds), Enlightening encounters: Photography in Italian literature (Toronto: Toronto University Press, 2015), pp. 70-97
  • ‘Interfaces of photography, writing and landscape – the landscape photobook from Ghirri to Fossati and Messori’, in G. Minghelli & S. Hill (eds), Stillness in motion. Italy, Photography and the Meaning of Modernity (Toronto: Toronto University Press, 2014), pp. 288-313
  • ‘Il paesaggio e l’estetica: considerazioni sulla teoria recente’, in P. Chirumbolo and L. Pocci (eds), Bel Paese? The Representation of Landscape in Contemporary Italian Literature and Cinema (Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, 2013), pp. 21-51
  • ‘Il comico del limbo nell’opera di Cavazzoni, Benati e Celati’, in G. Fuchs and A. Pagliardini (eds), Ridere in pianura: le specie del comico nella letteratura padano-emiliana (Oxford-Bern: Peter Lang, 2011), pp. 123-38
  • ‘Un lavoro collettivo del pensiero’ – the role of ‘fantasticazione’ in the work of Celati, Cavazzoni and Benati, in L. Parisi and D. Hipkins (eds), in Festschrift for Mark Davie (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2011), pp. 97-115
  • ‘Escaping the world and returning to the ‘province’ in Claudio Piersanti’s fiction’, in R. Riccobono (ed), The Poetics of the Margins. Mapping Europe from the Interstices (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2011), pp. 33-53
  • ‘The new Italian landscape: between Ghirri’s photography and Celati’s fiction’, in A. Chantler and C. Dente (eds), Translation practices. Through language to culture (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2009), pp. 223-38
  • ‘Usi del parlato nella narrativa di Antonio Tabucchi’, in E. Burr (ed), Tradizione & Innovazione. Dall’italiano, lingua storico e funzionale, alle altre lingue. Atti del VI Convegno SILFI (Florence: Cesati, 2009), pp. 37-47
  • ‘‘Verso la foce’ con Gianni Celati: tra ‘antropologia di popolazioni invisibili’ e ‘estetica del reincanto’, in G. Bonsaver, M. McLaughlin, F. Pellegrini (eds), Sinergie narrative. Cinema e letteratura nell’Italia contemporanea (Florence: Cesati, 2008), pp. 153-67
  • ‘I silenzi delle voci improvvise. I racconti di Daniele Benati’, Hope, 14, September 2008, pp. 59-64
  • Lo spazio della memoria nell’opera di Davide Barilli, in S. Gola and L. Rorato (eds), La forma del passato. Questioni di identità in opere letterarie e cinematografiche a partire dagli ultimi anni Ottanta (Bern: Peter Lang, 2007), pp. 73-87
  • ‘Inhabiting displacement’ – narrating the Po valley in contemporary fiction and photography’, in G. Ania and A. Caesar (eds), Trends in Contemporary Italian narrative (1985-2005) (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007), pp. 50-71
  • ‘Naturalne narracje Gianniego Celatiego’  (Gianni Celati e il narrare naturale), in H. Serkowska (ed), Literatura włoska w toku. O wybranych współczesnych włoskich pisarzach (Letteratura in corso. Di alcuni tra gli scrittori italiani contemporanei), Breslav: Ossolineum, 2006, pp. 78-93
  • M. Caesar and M. Spunta, ‘Introduction’, in M. Caesar and M. Spunta (eds), Orality and literacy in modern Italian culture, Oxford: Legenda, 2006, pp. 1-4
  • ‘The facets of Italian orality: an overview of the recent debate’, in M. Caesar and M. Spunta (eds), Orality and literacy in modern Italian culture, Oxford: Legenda, 2006, pp. 93-104
  • ‘Conversazione con Gianni Celati’, in Franca Pellegrini and Elisabetta Tarantino (eds), Il romanzo contemporaneo: voci italiane, Leicester, Troubador, 2006, pp. 117-130
  • ‘Dall’Emilia all’Europa - il ‘provincialismo planetario’ di Guido Conti’, in B. van den Bossche et al., Italia e Europa: dalla cultura nazionale all’interculturalismo, Florence: Cesati, 2006, pp. 143-50 – delivered at the XVI A.I.P.I. Conference, 26-29 August 2004, Krakow, Florence: Cesati, 2006
  • ‘Gianni Celati’s “natural” narration and the call of the plains’, in M. Jansen and P. Joao (eds), The value of literature in and after the Seventies (Utrecht: Igitur, 2006), http://congress70.library.uu.nl/
  • ‘Embodying the past: oral transubstantiation in Erri De Luca’s Tu, mio’, in D. Burnham and E. Giaccherini  (eds), The Poetics of Transubstantiation, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005, pp. 150-61
  • ‘(Textual) metamorphoses in the fiction of Antonio Tabucchi: the ‘hallucination’ of Requiem’, in C. Dente, G. Ferzoco, M. Gill, M. Spunta, (eds), Proteus - The language of metamorphosis, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005, pp. 212-22
  • ‘Tra linguaggio giovanile e dialetto: stili di oralità nella narrativa di Rossana Campo e Silvia Ballestra’, in B. van den Bossche, M. Bastiaensen and C. Salvadori Lonergan (eds), Lingue e letterature in contatto, vol. 1, Florence: Cesati, 2004, pp. 357-68
  • ‘‘La musica della voce’: oralità e visione nei romanzi di Baricco’, in S. Gola and M. Bastiaensen (eds), Sguardo sulla lingua e la letteratura italiana all'inizio del terzo millennio, Florence: Cesati, 2004, pp. 287-98
  • ‘The left side of exile: the dream of tolerance in Francesca Duranti’s Sogni mancini’, in S. Ouditt (ed), Displaced persons: Conditions of exile in European culture, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002, pp. 170-80
  • ‘La forza del mare nell'opera di Erri De Luca’, in B. van den Bossche, M. Bastiaensen and C. Salvadori Lonergan (eds), … E c’è di mezzo il mare…, Florence: Cesati, 2002, pp. 437-49
  • ‘Disembodied voices: Postmodern orality in Tabucchi, Magris, Duranti, De Luca’, in L. Rorato and S. Storchi (eds), Da Calvino agli ipertesti, Florence: Cesati, 2002, pp. 117-25
  • ‘Sapori della narrativa tabucchiana’, in B. van den Bossche, M. Bastiaensen and C. Salvadori Lonergan (eds), Soavi sapori della cultura italiana, Florence: Cesati, 2000, pp. 457-70
  • ‘Decadence and transition in the fiction of Antonio Tabucchi’, in M. St. John (ed), Romancing decay, Aldershot: Ashgate, 1999, pp. 199-208
  • ‘La pluridiscorsività e la rappresentazione del discorso nelle opere Antonio Tabucchi: metafora della pluri-identità dell’uomo moderno’?, in M. Bastiaensen, C. Salvadori Lonergan, L. Quartermaine (eds), Stato e frontiera: dalla Mitteleuropa all’Europa unita?, Florence: Cesati, 1998, pp. 107-20
  • ‘Elspeth Davie’, in Dictionary of Literary Biography, British Short Fiction Writers, 1945-1980, vol 139, 1994, pp. 49-56
  • M. Spunta and L. Rorato, ‘Letteratura come fantasticazione’, in L. Rorato & M. Spunta (eds), Letteratura come fantasticazione. In conversazione con Gianni Celati (Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, 2009), pp. 1-26
  • ‘La memoria dello spazio padano nei film di Carlo Mazzacurati’, in B. van den Bossche, M. Bastiaensen and C. Salvadori Lonergan (eds), Tempo e memoria nella lingua e letteratura italiana , in Tempo e memoria nella lingua e nella letteratura italiana. Atti del XVII Congresso A.I.P.I., Ascoli Piceno, 22-26 agosto 2006, (Civiltà Italiana, 2009), http://www.infoaipi.org/attion/ascoli_vol_4.pdf, pp. 439-450

Online Articles

  • ‘Luigi Ghirri and his legacy in contemporary Italian photography and literature’, Italian Journal (Italian Academy Foundation, New York), 20: 12 (2015), http://magazine.italianjournal.it/the-legacy-of-luigi-ghirri/
  • ‘Conversazione con Jacopo Benci’, La critica online, http://www.lacritica.net/spunta_benci.htm, April 2010

Academic talks (invited lectures; conference papers)

  • Invited co-organisation of Conference: La scrittura dello sguardo. Gianni Celati e le arti visive - with M. Martelli, N. Palmieri, M. Spunta (eds), La scrittura dello sguardo. Gianni Celati e le arti visive, 5-6 Nov 2018
  • Invited Lecture on ‘Visual culture in Postwar Italy (1945-1960)’, Research dialogue day, School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Plymouth, 16 November 2016
  • Invited conference paper: ‘The allure of the voice: rewriting vocality and listening in Gianni Celati’s narrative fiction’, International conference on Gianni Celati: Translation, Tradition, Rewriting, University of Cork, 23-24 September 2016
  • Invited workshop paper: ‘Gabriele Basilico’s photography and the experience of place’: A Photographer’s Sense of Space: Looking at the work of Gabriele Basilico, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Westminster, 18 May 2016

Invited talks / Public Engagement

  • Luigi Ghirri, The Map and the Territory; invited conversation with James Lingwood, Italian Cultural Institute, 22 October 2018
  • Cesare Fabbri, The Flying Carpet - Book Launch and Discussion with Cesare Fabbri and Michael Mack (M. Spunta as Chair), Italian Cultural Institute, 20 March 2017
  • Guido Guidi, ‘Facciate/Facades’: In conversation with David Campany and James Lingwood, Large Glass, London, 15 December 2016
  • Respondent to book launch of Luigi Ghirri. The Complete Essays (Mack); Waterstones Gower Street, London, 25 October 2016

Media engagement / Commissioned Reviews

  • M. Spunta, ‘Everyday Magic’, Review of Cesare Fabbri, The Flying Carpet, Source, March 2017, p. 69
  • M. Spunta, ‘The unseen places’, The Financial Times Weekend Magazine, 6/7 May 2017, pp. 26-30
  • M. Spunta, ‘Luigi Ghirri’s photography: ‘a magical balance of opposites’, IMA Magazine, 20, Summer 2017, http://imaonline.jp/imamagazine.html. This essay was translated into Japanese for Japanese photography journal, in connection with a major exhibition on Luigi Ghirri in Tokyo
  • M. Spunta, Review of Luigi Ghirri’s Exhibition, The Map and the Territory, The Burlington Review, March 2019

Book Reviews

  • S. Branciforte, A. Grassi, Parliamo italiano! (Boston/New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998), Tutt’Italia, n. 20, September 1999, p. 28
  • C. Pezzin, Antonio Tabucchi (Sommacampagna (Verona): CIERRE Edizioni, 2000), Modern Languages Review, 97: 4 (2002), pp. 1000-01
  • Peter Kuon e Monica Bandella (eds), Voci delle pianure. Atti del convegno di Salisburgo, 23-25 marzo 2000 (Florence: Cesati, 2002), Rassegna Europea di Letteratura Italiana, 21, 2003, pp. 126-33
  • Daniel Reimann, Osservare il silenzio. Poetik der Archäologie und Minimalismus in der italienischer Erzählliteratur der achtziger und neunziger Jahre (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2005), Italian Studies, 62, n. 2, Autumn 2007, pp. 259-61
  • Anna Maria Chierici, La scrittura terapeutica. Saggio su Gianni Celati, Quaderni d’Italianistica, 33 (1), 2012
  • Antonietta Pelizzari, Photography and Italy, Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 2012
  • David Forgacs, Italy’s Margins. Social Exclusion and Nation Formation since 1861 (Cambridge University Press, 2014), H-Net. Humanities and Social Sciences Online, February 2014, https://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=43328
  • Stefania De Lucia, Carmen Gallo, Danilo Marino (eds), Landscapes and Mindscapes. Metodologie di ricerca, percorsi geocentrati e poetiche dello spazio in una prospettiva comparata (Grumo Nevano, Napoli: Marchese Editore, 2014); Davide Papotti e Franco Tomasi (eds), La geografia del racconto. Sguardi interdisciplinari sul paesaggio urbano nella narrativa italiana contemporanea (Bruxelles, Peter Lang, 2014), Between, 5: 10 (November 2015), http://ojs.unica.it/index.php/between/article/view/2048/1818

Conferences Organised

Scandiano
Luigi Ghirri, ‘Scandiano. Fiera di San Giuseppe’, from Il profilo delle nuvole (1989). Copyright: Eredi di Luigi Ghirri.

  • Orality and Literacy in Modern Italian Culture, Institute of Romance Studies, University of London, 2-4 May 2002 (with M. Caesar)
  • Letteratura come fantasticazione – in conversazione con Gianni Celati, University of Leicester, 2-4 May 2007 (with L. Rorato)
  • How to think in images? Luigi Ghirri and photography, The British School at Rome, 9 October 2013 (with J. Benci)
  • ‘L’esperienza del luogo’: Italian photography, writing and landscape. Luigi Ghirri, his contemporaries, his legacy, University of Leicester, 19-20 September 2014 (with J. Benci)
  • ‘Viaggi minimi e luoghi qualsiasi: intersezioni tra letteratura e arti visive in cammino verso il nuovo millennio’, series of panels at XXII AIPI Conference, Univ. Siena, 5-8 September 2018 (with M. Jansen and I. Lanslots)
  • La scrittura dello sguardo. Gianni Celati e le arti visive, Univ. of Strasbourg 8-9 November 2018 (with M. Martelli and N. Palmieri)

Research

My research interests include contemporary Italian literature; photography and cinema, and their interactions, in particular theory and representation of space, place and landscape, and of orality and vocality.

Externally-funded projects and grants (selected)

July 2013: British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grants: £9,886

Pomponesco, 1985
Luigi Ghirri, 'Pomponesco, 1985', courtesy Fototeca della Biblioteca Panizzi, Reggio Emilia Copyright: Eredi di Luigi Ghirri.

  • Project Title: ‘Viewing and writing Italian landscape. Luigi Ghirri and his legacy in photography and literature’
  • Principal Investigator: Marina Spunta; Co-Investigator: Jacopo Benci (British School at Rome).
  • Duration: 2 years: 1/9/2013 – 31/8/2015
  • Project Website: http://www.le.ac.uk/ghirri
  • Project Blog: http://staffblogs.le.ac.uk/luigighirri


December 2006: British Academy Conference Grant: £1,920

  • Conference: ‘Letteratura come fantasticazione – in conversazione con Gianni Celati’, University of Leicester, 2-4 May 2007
  • Principal Investigator: Marina Spunta

Advisory boards

I sit on the Executive Committee of the following associations and projects:

Peer reviewing

  • Modern Languages Open; Between; Rivista di Storia della Fotografia; Modern Language Review; Rassegna Europea della Letteratura Italiana.

External examining

  • University of Liverpool, Italian undergraduate courses (2014-) (2nd year)
  • University of Nottingham Trent, Italian undergraduate courses (2016-)
  • University of Salford, Italian undergraduate and postgraduate courses (2009-2013)

Teaching

Office hours: During term time: Tuesday 15:00-16.00; Wednesday 11.00-12.00, or by appointment

I teach various undergraduate modules in contemporary Italian culture, literature and photography, cinema, language and linguistics. I also contribute to a module on the MA in Film and Film Cultures.

  • Italy since 1945
  • Authors & genres 2
  • Italian language advanced
  • Italian linguistics
  • European texts in translation
  • History of Italian cinema
  • Contemporary fiction
  • Postwar directors
  • Film and Film Cultures in Historical Contexts (Italian cinema) (MA Module)

Valli grandi veronesi
Luigi Ghirri, ‘Valli grandi veronesi, 1985′, Copyright: Eredi di Luigi Ghirri.

Supervision

Dr Spunta welcomes enquiries from prospective postgraduate students, particularly in the following areas:

  • 20th/21st Century Italian literature & Cultural Studies
  • Postwar Italian cinema
  • Postwar Italian photography; photography and literature
  • Space, place, landscape studies
  • Orality and vocality

Current students

Successful PhD supervisions:

  • Kate Litherland, PhD in Italian Studies (1999-2005)
  • Oliver Brett, PhD in Italian & French Studies, part-time (1998-2014)
  • Sara Bonfili, European Doctorate in Italian Studies, University of Macerata, Italy (2013)
  • Maria Morelli, PhD in Italian Studies (2011-2017)

Second supervisor (PhD)

  • Alessandro Baù, PhD in Italian Studies, part-time (2010-2017)

Current PhD students:

  • Laura Albertini, PhD in Italian Studies (2017-)
  • Andrea Brondino, PhD in Italian Studies, M4C (2019-)

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