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Dr Valentina Abbatelli graduated in Studi Italiani (2006) from the University of Rome 'La Sapienza', where she also studied for an MA in Linguistics (2008) and completed a PhD in Historical Linguistics and History of Italian Language (2012).
In 2017 she completed her second PhD entitled 'Producing and Marketing Translations in Fascist Italy: Uncle Tom's Cabin and Little Women' at the University of Warwick. Her thesis examined two long sellers of the American literature that saw a large number of translations under Fascism and which addressed different target audiences: Uncle Tom's Cabin and Little Women. Through the history of publishing of these two case studies the research intended to gain insight into the continuities and discontinuities between Liberal and Fascist Italy and into the Fascist representation of race and gender according to different audiences and social classes.
Valentina has significant experience in teaching Italian language in Italy and in the UK. Prior joining Warwick she collaborated with Società Dante Alighieri (2006-2014) as a marker of the written exams of the Plida certificate in Italian language. In 2009 obtained the DITALS certificate to teach Italian to foreigners from the the University for Foreigners of Siena. During her PhD at Warwick she taught language modules at all levels and participated in outreach schools events to raise awareness in the importance of languages. From April to August 2017 she was Early Career Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study at the University of Warwick.
Teaching and Research interests
Italian Language and Culture; Translation studies; History of publishing; Italian History; Fascism; History of Italian language; Visual culture; National identity; Literature for children
V. Abbatelli, Review of Ann Lawson Lucas, 'Emilio Salgari: una mitologia moderna tra letteratura, politica e società', voll. 1-2 (Florence: Olschki, 2018), The Modern Language Review, 114.3 (2019), 575-76
V. Abbatelli, Looking at captions to get the full picture. Framing illustrations in Italian editions of Uncle Tom's Cabin Image and Narrative, 19.1, pp. 46-61, 2018 (peer-reviewed)
V. Abbatelli, A. Lirosi, I. Palumbo (eds), Un monastero di famiglia. Il diario delle barberine della SS.ma Incarnazione(secc. XVII-XVIII) (Rome: Viella, 2016) (book launch)
V. Abbatelli, 'African-American Slave or Subject of the Italian Colonial Empire? The Trajectory of Uncle Tom in Italy during the Fascist Ventennio', Tropos, 3 (1) pp. 22-29, 2016.
V. Abbatelli, Review of Giorgia Alù and Nancy Pedri (eds), 'Enlightening Encounters: Photography in Italian Literature' (Toronto Italian Studies. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015), Annali d'Italianistica 34 (2016), 595-97
V. Abbatelli, '“Accadde tutto molti anni fa, in una città bella e piena di luce, nella Spagna del sud”: Baricco riscrive il Don Giovanni' in Dal manoscritto al web: canali e modalità di trasmissione dell'italiano. Tecniche, materiali e usi nella storia della lingua. Conference Proceedings of the XII International congress Silfi – University of Helsinki, 18-20 June 2012 (Franco Cesati, Firenze, 2014), pp. 221-229.
V. Abbatelli, 'Lessico e sintassi dell'italiano del teatro tra Ottocento e Novecento attraverso le traduzioni di quattro opere shakespeariane' in Las huellas del pasado en la cultura italiana contemporánea edited by Pedro L. Ladròn De Guevara, Belén Hernàndez and Zosi Zografidou (Edit.Um, Murcia, 2013) and pp. 477- 486.
V. Abbatelli, 'La semantica dell'affettività nel carteggio della famiglia Tondi di Viterbo (1860-1882)' in Nuovi sondaggi sulle lettere del CEOD, edited by G. Antonelli, M. Palermo, L. Raffaelli (Ravenna, Giorgio Pozzi, 2009), pp. 73-82.
V. Abbatelli (ed.), Lettere di Innocenza Tondi al marito e ad altri familiari (1860-1882), http://ceod.unistrasi.it
V. Abbatelli, Review of Elisabetta Mauroni, L'ordine delle parole nei romanzi italiani dell'Ottocento (Milano, LED, 2006), Studi linguistici italiani, XXXIV (2008)
V. Abbatelli, Review of Raffaella Bombi, La linguistica del contatto: tipologia di anglicismi nell'italiano contemporaneo e riflessi metalinguistici (Roma, Il Calamo, 2005), Studi linguistici italiani, XXXII (2006)
Conference, Workshop and Seminar organised
Under Control. Childhood and 20th Century Dictatorships (1917-1991) 19th May 2016, University of Warwick (co-organised with Paola Roccella)
'Paratextual Approaches to Retranslation and Rewriting', University of Warwick, 24th January 2018 (funded by IAS, GRP Connecting Cultures and HRC)
- PhD in Italian Studies (University of Warwick)
- PhD in Historical Linguistics and History of Italian Language (University of Rome "La Sapienza")
- Ditals II level (Stranieri Siena)
- Ma in Linguistics (University of Rome "La Sapienza")
- Ba in Italian Studies (University of Rome "La Sapienza")
IT101 Italian for beginners - module convenor
IT201 Modern Italian Language II (grammar, oral, translation) - module convenor
IT301 Modern Italian Language III (writing)