Dr Fabrizio De Donno

Educational background

BA English (Queen Mary, London)

MA Italian Studies (Royal Holloway, London)

PhD Italian Studies (Cambridge)

Research interests

My interdiscilinary research crosses the fields of Italian and comparative literature, and cultural and intellectual history in transnational contexts. I am the author of Italian Orientalism: Nationhood, Cosmopolitanism and the Cultural Politics of Identity (2019), and have published on Italian and Indian nationalism, and Italian and British colonial cultures and racial ideologies. I have also written on contemporary Italian fiction and am the co-editor of the special issue Colonial and Postcolonial Italy (2006) and of the volume of essays Beyond Catholicism: Heresy, Mysticism and Apocalypse in Italian Culture (2014). I am currently working on two new projects: a book project on the memory of Italian Somalia; and a longer term project on translingual world literature focusing on authors writing in more than one language such as Jumpha Lahiri, Amara Lakhous, Yoko Tawada, Elif Shafak, Xiaolu Guo and others.

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

I am the Programme Director of the BA in Liberal Arts, and I teach literature, film and intellectual history on degree courses in Liberal Arts, Comparative Literature and Culture, and Modern Languages (Italian).



ML1102 The Birth of Film

LA2000 Power and Dissent (course convener)

LA3000 Dissertation (course convener)

IT2410 Advanced Italian Translation: Skills and Practices (course convenor)

IT3990 The Postmodern in Italian Literature: Pioneers, Practioners and Critics (course convener)

ML3207 Transnationalism, Globalisation and Diaspora in Contemporary Film (course convener)


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