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Paolo Acquaviva

The intersection between syntax, semantics, and morphology; lexical semantics and conceptualization; lexical categories, especially nouns and the linguistic encapsulation of mental ontology; number and countability; the grammatical and mental representation of proper names; Distributed Morphology and the status of word roots; Irish morphosyntax.

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Marco Bellardi

Head of Italian

Modern and contemporary culture, with a particular focus on 20th- and 21st-century Italian literature, theory of the novel, literary stylistics, history and theory of cinema and the cultural exchange between writers and film directors.

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Ursula Fanning

Head of Graduate Studies

Gender and genre; Italian women's writing, especially nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction (and its critical reception both in Italy and beyond); autobiographical writing; feminist, literary and psychoanalytical theory; the theatre of Luigi Pirandello.

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Serena Laiena

AdAstra Fellow in Italian

13th to 17th century Italian literature, history and society; Renaissance and early modern Italian theatre, with a special focus on commedia dell'arte; the social function of theatre; Italian dialectology; the history of the Italian language; translation of dialects.

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Matteo Leta

Teaching Fellow

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Mina Ricci

Language Assistant

Postdoctoral Researchers

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Valeria Taddei

PostDoc in Italian

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Italian Associated Researchers

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Bianca Rita Cataldi

UCD HI Research Lead for the Transnationalising the Humanities (TNH) project

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Italian Adjunct Researchers

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Eric Haywood

Francesco Lucioli

Francesco Lucioli

Early-modern Italian literature, language and culture, in both Neo-Latin and the vernacular; relationship between literature and visual arts; relationship between literature and religion; Renaissance and Baroque Rome; chivalric and epic poetry; women's writing and the "querelle des femmes"; ethics and conduct literature; art of memory; history of theatre; Renaissance debate on language and grammar; eighteenth-century satirical writings.

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