Dr Serena Alessi

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Serena Alessi is a Language Tutor at the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Culture. She completed a PhD in Italian Studies at Royal Holloway in 2015, with a thesis entitled 'From Silence to Voice: Penelope's Feminist Odyssey in Italian Literatue'. She gained a first class honours degree in both her BA (at Università di Catania, in 2008) and MA (at Università di Siena, in 2010) in Foreign Languages and Literatures. Her research interests include contemporary Italian literature, women's studies, comparative literature and postcolonial studies. She is member of the editorial staff of the literary blog www.criticaletteraria.org.

Research interests

Serena Alessi pursues research on contemporary Italian literature, adopting, for the most part, a comparative perspective.

Under the supervision of Dr. Stefano Jossa, her PhD thesis focuses on the myth of Penelope in Italian rewrites. She studies the representation of this female figure, investigating her metamorphosis from being a symbol of chastity and faithfulness to a more complex representation of feminine wisdom.


September 2011 – Present day

Italian language assistant at Royal Holloway University of London 


October 2009 – April 2010

Italian language assistant at the high school “F. Esclangon”, Manosque (France) 

Educational background

2011 – 2015

Royal Holloway University of London

PhD in Italian Studies

PhD passed without corrections on 28/09/2015.

Title of the thesis: 'From Silence to Voice: Penelope's Feminist Odyssey in Italian Literature'


2008 – 2010

University of Siena 

Master in Modern Languages and Intercultural Studies

Score: 110/110 cum laude

Title of the thesis: 'Figure Femminili e Mitografie Marine: Penelope, Arianna, Medea'.



University of Liège

Erasmus scholarship


2005 – 2008

University of Catania

Bachelor in European Languages and Cultures 

Score: 110/110 cum laude


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