Bianca Rita Cataldi

School: Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Supervisors: Dr Ursula Fanning (Languages, Literatures and Cultures) and Dr Danielle Pethersbridge (Philosophy)

Ou Topos: The Impact of Literature and Utopia on Industrialized Italy and Europe during the Twentieth Century

The aim of her research is to posit the existence of a link between literature and successful enterprises through the stories of the great European entrepreneurs and their different utopias, starting from the fundamental work conducted by Italian entrepreneur Adriano Olivetti and his team of poets and writers. The research will also extend to the female presence in factories and women’s writing during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, from Elsa Morante to Michela Murgia. Besides, fiction, both by female and male authors, offers different point of views upon the industrial and working reality in Europe, as happens in Italy with Pirandello, Ottiero Ottieri and Paolo Volponi.

Bianca Rita Cataldi was born in Bari, Italy, in 1992. In 2014 she graduated in Modern Literature at Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro”, where in 2016 she took her specialization in Modern Philology. She is a PhD candidate and Italian tutor at the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics of University College Dublin. Her essay “Mosche senza volo: l’utopia di Adriano Olivetti” has been published by the Italian academic review “Incroci: Semestrale di letteratura e altre scritture” in December 2017. She is now a resident scholar at UCD Humanities Institute.