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Professor Fabio A. Camilletti



on research leave academic year 2021/22

Tel: +44 (0)24 761 51427
Email: F dot Camilletti at warwick dot ac dot uk

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

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Fabio Camillett joined Warwick in 2010. He studied in Pisa (University of Pisa, BA, MA; Scuola Normale Superiore, diploma 1998-2003), Oxford (visiting student, 2001-2002), and Paris (Paris Sorbonne, DEA in French and Comparative Literature; École Normale Supérieure, visiting student 2002-2003). He holds a PhD in Modern Literary Studies and Comparative Literature from the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and Paris Sorbonne (2003-2006) and a second PhD in Italian Studies from the University of Birmingham (2007-2011); in 2008-2010 he was Postdoctoral Fellow in Literature, Art History and Psychoanalysis at the Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry.

Research interests

Professor Camilletti's specialism is nineteenth-century literature and culture from a comparative perspective (Italy, England, France, Germany). His research interests include:

  • Phenomena of fracture, transformation and continuity in Western cultural tradition between the eighteenth and the twentieth centuries, including primitivism in the arts, and the survival of classical antiquity in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries;
  • Dante and his reception; the metamorphoses of courtly love from the Middle Ages to the present day;
  • European Romanticism(s);
  • Literature and Psychoanalysis;
  • Gothic, horror, and supernatural fiction from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century.

His research also covers problems of critical and literary theory (in particular intertextuality and psychoanalytic-oriented criticism).

Professor Camilletti's research has initially focused on Leopardi and the intertwinements between historical past and individual memory in post-Napoleonic Europe. His second book, Classicism and Romanticism in Italian Literature: Leopardi's Discourse on Romantic Poetry was published in 2013 by Pickering & Chatto as the opening title of the Warwick Series in the Humanities. In December 2013 he published his third monograph, Leopardi's Nymphs: Grace, Melancholy, and the Uncanny, with Legenda.

In 2011-14 he has directed a research project on The Classicist/Romantic Quarrel in Bourbon Restoration Italy, 1816-1827, funded by the British Academy, exploring the literary conflict between 'Classicists' and 'Romantics' as the aftermath of subterranean political tensions, as well as of the collision between clashing paradigms of historicity. In 2012 he was the Principal Investigator of the AHRC-funded research network Roman Modernities. He has recently been awarded a new BA grant on supernatural anthologies of early nineteenth-century Europe: project developments, findings, and related events can be found on the project's Facebook page.

He has recently finalized the first complete edition of J.-B.B. Eyriès's 1812 anthology of ghost stories Fantasmagoriana (Rome: Nova Delphi, 2015), an edited volume on Leopardi in the light of contemporary theory, and a monographic issue of the journal Compar(a)ison on the theme of Trans-national Gothic. Among his recent publications, the monographs Italia Lunare. Gli anni Sessanta e l'occulto (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2018) and The Portrait of Beatrice: Dante, D.G. Rossetti, and the Imaginary Lady (Notre Dame: Notre Dame University Press, 2019), as well as a Guida alla letteratura gotica (Bologna: Odoya, 2018) and the volume The Archaeology of the Unconscious: Italian Perspectives (co-edited with Alessandra Aloisi), which has recently been published by Routledge and has appeared in the Warwick Series in the Humanities. For the bicentenaries of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818) and John Polidori's The Vampyre (1819), hehas recently finalized the two-volume set Villa Diodati Files (Rome: Nova Delphi, 2018-19), providing new Italian translations of the works inspired by the cursed summer of 1816, together with new critical apparatuses.

PhD students supervised

Gabriele Scalessa (with Jennifer Burns), 'Between Medicine and Spiritualism: The Visible and the Invisible in Italian Literature, 1865-1901', 2011-15

Kate Willman (with Jennifer Burns), 'Unidentified Narrative Objectives: Journalism, History and the Twenty-First-Century "Novel"', 2012-15

Martina Piperno (with David Lines), 'Temporalities and Fracture in Post-Napoleonic Italy: Leopardi's and Vico's Legacies', 2012-15

Paola Roccella, 'Where the man ends and the animal begins. Zoomorphism and fantastic', 2013-17

Sara Boezio, 'Italy and the European fin de siècle: Printed media in the 1890s-1900', 2014-

Simona Di Martino, 'The Fashionable Obsession: Literature, Tombs and the Italian Gothic in the Long Nineteenth Century', 2018-

Administrative roles

  • Year Abroad Coordinator (2020-21)
  • Postgraduate Admissions tutor (2020-21)

Selected publications

  • The Portrait of Beatrice: Dante, D.G. Rossetti, and the Imaginary Lady (Notre Dame: Notre Dame University Press, 2019)
  • Italia lunare: gli anni Sessanta e l'occulto (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2018)
  • Guida alla letteratura gotica (Bologna: Odoya, 2018)
  • (ed.) J.-B.B. Eyriès et al., Fantasmagoriana (Rome: Nova Delphi, 2015)
  • Classicism and Romanticism in Italian Literature (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2013)
  • Leopardi's Nymphs: Grace, Melanchonly, and the Uncanny (Oxford: Legenda, 2013)

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Professional associations


  • BA, MA (Università di Pisa, English Literature), 1998-2002
  • Diploma (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Modern Literary Studies), 1998-2003
  • MSt (Paris 4-Sorbonne, French and Comparative Literature), 2002-2003
  • PhD (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Modern Literary Studies/Paris 4-Sorbonne, French and Comparative Literature), 2003-2006
  • PhD (University of Birmingham, Italian Studies), 2008-2011











Roman Modernities