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Dr Valentina Abbatelli

Senior Teaching Fellow

Language Coordinator

Italian Exam Secretary

Tel: +44 02476 522 131

Email: V dot Abbatelli dot 1 at warwick dot ac dot uk

Room H4.14
Humanities Building, University Road
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL

About

I hold a BA in Studi Italiani (2006) from the University of Rome 'La Sapienza', where I also hold an MA in Linguistics (2008) and completed a PhD in Historical Linguistics and History of Italian Language (2012). In 2017 I completed my second PhD entitled 'Producing and Marketing Translations in Fascist Italy: Uncle Tom's Cabin and Little Women' at the University of Warwick.

I have significant experience in teaching Italian language in Italy and in the UK. Prior joining Warwick I collaborated with Società Dante Alighieri (2006-2014) as a marker of the written exams of the Plida certificate in Italian language. In 2009 I obtained the DITALS certificate to teach Italian to foreigners from the the University for Foreigners of Siena. During my PhD at Warwick I taught language modules at all levels and participated in outreach schools events to raise awareness in the importance of languages. I joined the Italian department as a teaching fellow in September 2017.

Teaching and Research interests

Italian Language and Culture; Digital Pedagogy; Translation studies; History of publishing; Italian History; Fascism; History of Italian language; Visual culture; National identity; Literature for children

Administrative Roles

  • Language Coordinator
  • First-year Exams Secretary (Italian Studies) in 2017/18 and 2018/19
  • Overall Exams Secretary (Italian Studies) in 2019/20 (Term 1)
  • SSLC Academic Convenor (Italian Studies) in 2018/19 and 2019/20 (Term 1)

Publications

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

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)

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

'Paratextual Approaches to Retranslation and Rewriting', University of Warwick, 24th January 2018 (funded by IAS, GRP Connecting Cultures and HRC)

Qualifications

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • 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")

Advice and Feedback Hours

Mondays 11-12 H4.14

Tuesdays 15-16 online on MS Teams

Teaching 2021-2022

IT101 Italian for beginners (group A) - module convenor

IT201 Modern Italian Language II (grammar; writing T1) - module convenor

IT301 Modern Italian Language III (translation into Italian)

IT401 Modern Italian Language IV (oral and writing) - module convenor

IT115 The History of Modern Italy - seminar tutor T2