Maria Morelli

PhD research area

Queering the Subject: Subversive Genders and Crafted Selves in the Works of Elsa Morante, Goliarda Sapienza and Dacia Maraini


Prof. Sharon Wood 


Articles in Academic Journals

‘Beyond Duality: the “Choreography” of Gender in Dacia   Maraini’s novels’, published in the interdisciplinary journal for the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences at University College Cork: Aigne (December 2013, online).

Feminism in the Twenty-First Century: does it need (Re) branding?’, published in the international journal of  the School of European Culture and Languages of the University of Kent: Skepsi (‘Feminisms: The Evolution’, Vol. 4(1) 2011).

Chapters in Books

‘“Senza cacciarsi dentro un destino da etichetta”: The Body Politics of Dacia Maraini’. In: Gendering Impegno, (forthcoming with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newscastle upon Tyne).

‘“L’acqua in gabbia”:  the Heterotopic Space of the (Female) Prison in Goliarda Sapienza and Dacia Maraini’s Prisons’. In: Goliarda Sapienza in Context. Intertextual Relations with Italian and European Culture (forthcoming with Fairleigh Dickinson UP).

‘Kaleidoscopic Sexualities: Defying Normative Resistance and Maternal Melancholia in Aracoeli’.  In: Rethinking Subjectivity, History and the Power of Art: Elsa Morante’s Politics of Writing (forthcoming with Fairleigh Dickinson UP).

Interview with Dacia Maraini (forthcoming)

Conference papers

3rd April 2014                         

Between Heteronormativity and Dissident Sexualities in Goliarda’s Sapienza’s Prisons
Northeast Modern Language Association 2014 Convention, Harrisburg, PA

7th - 8th June 2013                   

Does Italian Cinema Work for Oedipus? Compulsory Heterosexuality, Social  Signification and Lesbian Spectatorship in Marco Simon Puccioni’s Riparo
Conference: Intersections/ Intersezioni, Turin (Italy)

21st-24th March 2013             

On the (In)visibility of of Lesbian Desire in Italian Cinema: Marco S.   Puccioni’s Riparo, a Case Study
Northeast Modern Language Association 2013 Convention, Boston, MA

24th-27th October 2012

When the Body Becomes a Prison: “Doing” and “Undoing”  Gender in Elsa Morante’s Aracoeli
The Davy Carozza International Conference: “Elsa Morante and the Italian Arts”, The Catholic University of America. Washington D.C., sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington.

22nd June 2012                         

Gender Performance and the Social Stage in the work of Dacia Maraini
Conference: Gendering Impegno, University of Birmingham, UK

15th March 2012                         

Breaking the Code: Lesbian Existence in Dacia Maraini’s Donna in Guerra and Lettere  a Marina
Northeast Modern Language Association 2012 Convention, Rochester, New York

4th February 2012                      

Beyond Duality: the “Choreography” of Gender in Dacia   Maraini’s novels
Conference of Italian Studies, University College Cork, Ireland

1st April 2011                                

(Re)Branding Feminism
Conference: ‘Future/s, University of Kent, UK

27th May 2011                              

Towards the Rise of Cyber-Feminism?
Conference: ‘Log-In’, University of Kent

Awards and scholarships

AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE. Awarded by the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at Wheaton College (MA) for the teaching conducted during the academic year 2013/2014.

COLLEGE RESEARCH GRANT - Wheaton College, MA academic year 2013/2014.

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP to conduct doctoral research at the University of Leicester (UK) starting as from September 2011 for no. 3 years, tuition fees waved.

GRADUATE STUDENT CAUCUS TRAVEL AWARD to present at NeMLA 2012 Convention, New York. The prize is annually awarded by NeMLA to graduate students who have been accepted to present at the annual convention. Evaluations are based on the quality of the student’s abstract.

GRADUATE STUDENT CAUCUS TRAVEL AWARD to present at NeMLA 2013 Convention, Boston.

FULBRIGHT SCHOLARSHIP – Teaching Assistant Programme 2013-2014. One-year teaching position at Wheaton College, MA (USA).

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP - the School of Modern Languages, University of Leicester (UK) for completion of doctoral programme in 2014-2015.

Professional memberships

Member of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) since 2010.

University teaching






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