Fabrizio De Donno

Fabrizio De Donno


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Personal profile

Educational background

BA English (Queen Mary, London)

MA Italian Studies (Royal Holloway, London)

PhD Italian Studies (Cambridge)

Research interests


  • Black Italia
  • Italian Colonial and Postcolonial Cultures 
  • Italian and Translingual Literature
  • Italian and European Orientalism
  • Critical Race Theory and the Black Mediterranean
  • Decolonial and Whiteness Studies

I am the author of Italian Orientalism: Nationhood, Cosmopolitanism and the Cultural Politics of Identity (2019), and have published on Italian and British colonial cultures and racial ideologies. I have also written on contemporary Italian and transilingual fiction, and am the co-editor of the special issue Colonial and Postcolonial Italy (2006) and the volume of essays Beyond Catholicism: Heresy, Mysticism and Apocalypse in Italian Culture (2014)

I would be interested in supervising postgraduate projects in any of these areas (current and former Master by Research and PhD projects include: Mediterranean migration in Italian and French culture; madness and colonialism in African literature; representations of slavery in Caribbean literature; history education in fascist Italy; postcolonial memory in Italy and Libya; the myth of the anti-fascist resistance in Italian and French culture)

Personal profile

My interdisciplinary research informs my teaching in Italian literature and visual cultures, translation (Italian into English), as well as translingual literature, and comparative Black and African literatures, on degree programmes in Italian Studies, Comparative Literature and Culture, Translation Studies and Liberal Arts.




LA2000 Power, Society and Cultural Practice (convenor)

IT2340 Postwar Italian Cinema: The Auteur Tradition (convenor)

IT2410 Advanced Italian Translation: Skills and Practices (convenor)

IT3980 Italian Fashion and Design (convenor)

ML3207 Transnationalism, Globalisation and Diaspora in Contemporary Film 

ML3215 Translingual Literature: Writing Across Borders and Identities (convenor)


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions