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Dott.ssa Valentina Abbatelli

Teaching Fellow

Tel: +44 02476 522 131
Email: V dot Abbatelli dot 1 at warwick dot ac dot uk

Humanities Building, University Road
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL


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).

She has recently completed her second PhD entitled 'Producing and Marketing Translations in Fascist Italy: Uncle Tom's Cabin and Little Women' at the University of Warwick (2017). 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.


Research interests

  • Translation studies (Sociology of Translation, Paratext Translation)
  • History of publishing
  • History of Italian language (18th - 20th century)
  • Visual culture
  • National identity
  • Literature for children
  • Epistolary writing
  • Teaching Italian as a foreign language


  • 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")

Grants and Awards

  • PhD scholarship, University of Rome “La Sapienza” (IT) (2008-2011)
  • SIG (Italian Society of Glottology). Grant for the participation at the XII International congress Silfi (Helsinki, 18-20 June 2012)
  • Chancellor's Scholarship, University of Warwick (2014-2017)
  • HRF, University of Warwick. Travel Grant to take part to the Harvard-Brown Graduate Conference in Italian Studies. University of Harvard (22-24 April 2015)
  • IAS Early Career Fellowship, University of Warwick (April 2017 cohort)

Teaching Award

Postgraduate Award: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Learning Development Centre, University of Warwick (March 2015)


'When Words Become Images, University of Warwick, Cadre Peer Development Exchange 2016 (11 May 2016), funded by Cadre

Conference organised

Under Control. Childhood and 20th Century Dictatorships (1917-1991) 19th May 2016, University of Warwick (co-organised with Paola Roccella)

Office hour


Wedn. 11-12

Thursd. 11-12



IT101 Italian for beginners (consolidation hour)

IT201 Modern Italian Language II (oral, writing, translation)

IT301 Modern Italian Language III (oral, writing)