Miss Francesca Ponzini

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I earned my BA in Italian Contemporary Literature at The University of Milan pursuing Italo Svevo’s short crime story ‘L’assassinio di Via Belpoggio’. Continuing my studies, I gained an MA at the same university focusing on Luigi Malerba’s novels ‘Il serpente’ and ‘Il protagonista’. I am currently a third year PhD student at Royal Holloway, University of London, under the supervision of Dr Giuliana Pieri.

The aim of my thesis is to scrutinize Italian popular crime fiction from 1950 to 1972. In my view, those years were crucial for the development of this genre: scholars became conscious of its importance and writers started to build up a national tradition, far from the mere imitation of Anglo-American models.

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