Dr Simona Storchi

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Associate Professor of Italian

Department: Modern Languages, Italian

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2654

Email: ss557@le.ac.uk

Office: Room 1109, Attenborough Tower

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

Personal details

Biography

My research interests include Italian and European Modernism and Avant-Garde, early 20th century art and literary magazines, inter-war literature, visual arts, architecture and design, the relationship between classicism and modernity. I have a particular interest in Italian culture under Fascism and in the material and cultural legacy of Fascism in contemporary Italy. I have also published on contemporary Italian fiction, women writers and intellectuals, and the cultural construction of space.

I have been the Deputy Head of the School of Arts  and the School of Arts’ Equalities Champion (2016-19). I was Academic Director for the School of Modern Languages between 2013 and 2016, the School of Modern Languages’ Year Abroad Coordinator in 2013 and Admissions Coordinator in 2011. I was Director of Studies in Italian between 2009 and 2012 and between 2014 and January 2016 and I have been the Italian Section Coordinator since 2017.

Qualifications

  • Dott Ling Stran Mod (Bologna)
  • PhD (University College London)
  • Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy

Publications

Books, edited volumes and journal issues:

Women and the Public Sphere in Modern and Contemporary Italy. Essays for Sharon Wood, ed. with Marina Spunta and Maria Morelli (Leicester: Troubador, 2017).

Visualizzare la Guerra. L'iconografia del conflitto e l'Italia, ed. with Giuliana Pieri and Maria Giuseppina Di Monte (Milan: Mimesis, 2016).

The Great War and the Modernist Imagination in Italy, ed. with Luca Somigli, Annali d'Italianistica, 33 (2015).

Ed., Beyond the Piazza. Public and Private Spaces in Modern Italian Culture (Bruxelles: Peter Lang, 2013).

Back to the Futurists: The avant-garde and its legacy, ed. with Elza Adamowicz (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013).

Ed., Private and Public Spaces in Italian Culture, themed issue of Italian Studies, vol. 62 (2), 2007.

Valori Plastici 1918-1922. Le inquietudini del nuovo classico (monographic supplement to The Italianist), 2006.

Da Calvino agli ipertesti. Prospettive della postmodernità nella letteratura italiana, ed. with Laura Rorato, (Florence: Cesati, 2002).

Journal Articles:

‘The ex Casa del Fascio in Predappio and the question of the “difficult heritage” of Fascism in contemporary Italy’, Modern Italy, 24.2 (2019), 139-57.

'Latinità, modernità e fascismo nei dibattiti artistici degli anni Venti', Cahiers de la Mediterranee, 95 (2017), 71-83.

'Introduction. The Great War and the Modernist Imagination in Italy' (with L. Somigli), Annali d'Italianistica 3 3 (2015), 17-30.

'Ardengo Soffici's Rete mediterranea: The Aesthetics and Politics of Post-War Modernism', Annali d'Italianistica 33 (2015), 321-40.

'Beyond Memory: Italy and the Holocaust. Interview with Robert Gordon', Testimony. Between History and Memory, 120.1 (2015), 142-49.

'Au-delà de la mémoire: l'Italie et L'Holocauste. Entrevue avec Robert Gordon', Trace de mémoire: pedagogie at transmission, n. 10 (2013), 4-10.

'Margherita Sarfatti and Il popolo d'Italia: National Classicism between Tradition and Modernity', The Modern Language Review, 108.4 (2013), 1135-1155.

'Bontempelli, "Quadrante" e il fronte unico dell'estetica', Bollettino 900, 1-2 (2012), http://www3.unibo.it/boll900/numeri/2012-i/

‘Massimo Bontempelli between De Chirico and Nietzsche: Mannequins, Marionettes and the De-Humanized Subject in La scacchiera davanti allo specchio and Eva ultima’, Romance Studies, 27.4 (2009), 298-310.

‘Massimo Bontempelli e Quadrante: architettura e letteratura’, Transalpina, 11 (2008), 163-178.

‘Bontempelli on Pirandello: Defining Literary Modernity in the 1930s’, Pirandello Studies, 28 (2008), 124-139.

Il fascismo è una casa di vetro: Giuseppe Terragni and the Politics of Space in Fascist Italy’, Italian Studies 62.2 (2007), 231-245.

‘Conquering the City: the representation of Milan in Massimo Bontempelli’s La vita operosa’, ‘Modern Italy’, 7, 2 (2002), 189-199.

Book chapters:

'Introduction. Women and the Public Sphere in Italy from the Unification to the 21st Century' (with M. Spunta and M. Morelli), in Women and the Public Sphere in Modern and Contemporary Italy. Essays for Sharon Wood, ed. with Marina Spunta and Maria Morelli (Leicester: Troubador, 2017), pp. XIII-XXV.

'Margherita Sarfatti's Journalism: Modernism, the Arts and the Public Sphere in Fascist Italy', in Women and the Public Sphere in Modern and Contemporary Italy. Essays for Sharon Wood, ed. with Marina Spunta and Maria Morelli (Leicester: Troubador, 2017), pp. 27-40.

'Guai ai vinti. From Novel to Film' (with S. Gundle), in Annie Chartres Vivanti. Transnational Politics, Identity and Culture, ed. by S. Wood and E. Moretti (Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2016), pp. 261-76.

'Bontempelli, Pirandello e il narratore nell'epoca della riproducibilità tecnica', in Finzioni & Finzioni. Illusione e affabulazione in Pirandello e nel modernismo europeo, ed. by B. Van den Bossche, M. Jansen and N. Dupré (Florence: Cesati, 2013), pp. 43-48.

'Introduction' (with E. Adamowicz), in Back to the Futurists: The avant-garde and its legacy, ed. by E. Adamowicz and S. Storchi (Manchester: MUP, 2013), pp. 1-13.

‘Margherita Sarfatti and the Invention of the Duce’, in C. Duggan, S.Gundle, G. Pieri (eds), The Cult of the Duce. Mussolini and the Italians (Manchester: MUP, 2013), pp. 41-56.

‘Mussolini as Monument: The Equestrian statue of the Duce at the Littoriale Stadium in Bologna' in C. Duggan, S. Gundle, G. Pieri (eds), The Cult of the Duce. Mussolini and the Italians (Manchester: MUP, 2013), pp. 193-208.

'Introduction. Piazzas and Beyond: Public and Private Spaces in Modern Italian Culture', in Beyond the Piazza. Public and Private Spaces in Modern Italian Culture (Bruxelles: Peter Lang, 2013), pp. 9-20.

'La casa all'italiana: Domus and the Ideology of the Domestic Interior in 1930s Italy', in Beyond the Piazza. Public and Private Spaces in Modern Italian Culture (Bruxelles: Peter Lang, 2013), pp. 57-75.

‘Art Against Dictatorship. From Unrest to Resistance’ (with G. Pieri), in C. Duggan, S. Gundle, G. Pieri and S. Storchi, Against Mussolini. Art and the Fall of a Dictator (London: Estorick Publications, 2010), pp. 36-43.

‘La “memoria di carta” di Umberto Eco. Dialettiche del ricordo e dell’oblio in La misteriosa fiamma della regina Loana’ in S. Gola e L. Rorato, eds, La forma del passato (Bruxelles: Peter Lang, 2007), pp. 57-71.

‘Realism beyond Mimesis: Massimo Bontempelli’s Novecentismo’, Spunti e Ricerche, 19 (2006), 107-121.

‘“Sogni di Sogni” di Antonio Tabucchi : strategie della metanarrazione fra tradizione e postmoderno’, in L. Rorato and S. Storchi, eds, Da Calvino agli ipertesti. Prospettive della postmodernità nella letteratura italiana (Firenze: Cesati,  2002), pp. 157-167.

Research

I have published widely on Italian Modernism and Avant-Garde, particularly on the intersection between literature and art, architecture, and design. I have an ongoing interest in Italian culture under Fascism and on the heritage and legacy of the Fascist regime. I am currently completing two book projects on the Return to Order in art and literature in post World War 1 Italy and on Massimo Bontempelli and Italian interwar culture.

I am the Italian Section Editor of the open access journal Modern Languages Open (Liverpool University Press): www.modernlanguagesopen.org.

Teaching

  • Introduction to Post-Unification Italy
  • History of Italian Cinema
  • Italian Society and Culture under Fascism
  • Visions of Modernity
  • Nations and Narrations

Supervision

I would welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate students, particularly in the following areas:

  • Italian Studies
  • 20th century Italian Literature
  • 20th century Italian Art
  • Modernism
  • Avant-Garde
  • Italian Fascism and its legacy

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