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Andrea Brondino

PhD Candidate & Senior Graduate Teaching Assistant   

Email: A.Brondino@warwick.ac.uk

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Research

My project, jointly supervised by Prof. Jennifer Burns and Dr. Marina Spunta (University of Leicester), investigates the literary responses to postmodernism in the contemporary Italian context. In particular, it analyses the practices of irony that have been displayed in the genre of historical novels through a comparison between Umberto Eco's fiction and Wu Ming's New Italian Epic.

Research interests

Umberto Eco, Wu Ming, Comparative Literature, North American literature, Postmodernism, New Realism, literary theory, reception theory, Apocalypse​, historical novel, Luca Rastello.

Teaching

a.y. 2020-2021, University of Warwick

IT201 Modern Italian Language - Oral class

a.y. 2019-2020, University of Warwick:

IT321 Renaissance Rivalries: Power, Magic and Language​​

a.y. 2018-2019, University of Warwick:

IT201 Modern Italian Language – Oral class

IT324 Topics in Renaissance Thought and Culture

IT323 Magic and Marvels in Renaissance Italy

Non-academic teaching experience:

The Brilliant Club:

2020/2021: Introduction to Literary Theory (Key Stage 3).

2019/2020: Rewriting history: case studies in 20th-century literature (Key Stage 4).

Publications

Articles in academic journals:

Undici buone ragioni per una pausa: note sulla biblioteca probabile di Luca Rastello, in «Contemporanea: rivista di studi sulla letteratura e sulla comunicazione», XX, 2022, pp. 65-76. Co-authored with Luca Chiurchiù. DOI: 10.19272/202102301008.

The Road to Cosmic Labyrinths: Italo Calvino and Umberto Eco in Il Menabò, 5, in «Notes in Italian Studies», I, 2021, pp. 52-59.

Postmodernist Continuities: The Legacy of L'umorismo in the Ironies of Umberto Eco and Richard Rorty, in «Pirandello Studies», XL, 2020, pp. 37-53.

A brani. Paratesto e intertestualità in Gioventù cannibale, in ​«Griseldaonline»​, XVIII, 2, 2019, pp. 163.173. DOI: 10.6092/issn.1721-4777/9838​.​​

La letteratura come confine: incroci di generi e autori in Meridiano di sangue, in «il Chiasmo», 23/11/2018.

Chapters in collective volumes:​​

"Realismo inconveniente, fraintendimenti e 'realiability effect' nella ricezione de I Buoni di Luca Rastello", in Julia Brühne, Christiane Conrad von Heydendorff, Cora Rok (Hg.), Re-Konstruktion des Realen: die Wiederentdeckung des Realismus in der Romania, Mainz: Mainz University Press, 2021, pp. 65-77. DOI: 10.14220/9783737013529.65.

"Apocalissi postmoderne. Smarrimenti e senso della fine in Gravity's Rainbow e ne Il pendolo di Foucault", in Chiara Lombardi, Luigi Silvano (eds.), Apocalisse ieri oggi e domani. Atti della giornata di studio in memoria di Eugenio Corsini (2 ottobre 2018)​, Alessandria: Edizioni dell'Orso, 2019, pp. 161-172.

Edited publications:

Monographic section "Luca Rastello, scrittore" in «Contemporanea: rivista di studi sulla letteratura e sulla comunicazione», Vol. 20, 2022. Co-edited with Luca Chiurchiù and Lorenzo Marchese. Articles by: Monica Bardi, Giorgio Morbello, Alessandro Baricco & Dario Voltolini, Cecilia Ghidotti, Ludovica Del Castillo, Lorenzo Marchese, Andrea Brondino & Luca Chiurchiù, Carlo Tirinanzi De Medici, Daniele Giglioli.

Encyclopedic entries and book reviews:

"Dossier Benjamin" di Fredric Jameson: note per un nuovo canone benjaminiano, in «La Balena Bianca», 7/9/2022 (accessed 21/05/2022).

"Serge" di Yasmina Reza: sull'utilità e il danno della memoria per la vita, in «La Balena Bianca», 20/05/2022 (accessed 21/05/2022).

Reincantare il mondo ci serve davvero? "Il vangelo degli angeli" di Affinati, in «La Balena Bianca», 18/03/2022 (accessed 18/03/2022)

Quali porte apre questa chiave? "Crossroads" di Jonathan Franzen, in «La Balena Bianca», 24/11/2021 (accessed 24/11/2021)

L'altra faccia dei poteri (e dello scrittore): lo sguardo tagliente di Luca Rastello giornalista, in «La Balena Bianca», 22/09/2021 (accessed 22/09/2021).

Giuseppe Episcopo: L'eredità della fine: Gravity's Rainbow di Thomas Pynchon e Horcynus Orca di Stefano D'Arrigo (Italian lang - The Inheritance of the End: Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon and Horcynus Orca by Stefano D'Arrigo). Florence: Franco Cesati editore, 2016, 205 pp., in A. Chetwynd; D. Bugno-Narecka; R. Kipouridou; K. Abe; V. Vanicek; A. Brondino; M. Ryckx, Book Reviews, Special Pynchon-Scholarship-in-Languages-Other-than-English Edition, 2020, in «Orbit: A Journal of American Literature», IX, 1 (2021). DOI: https://doi.org/10.16995/orbit.3404

Umberto Eco, in «The Literary Encyclopedia», 01/08/2019, (accessed 13/08/2019).

Italian Postmodernism, in «The Literary Encyclopedia», 27/12/2018, (accessed 28/12/2018).

Una laica misura della natura umana: recensione a Troppe cose a cui pensare. Saul Bellow: saggi 1951-2000, SUR, Roma, 2017, in "L'indice dei libri del mese", aprile 2018, IV, p. 28.

Manuale di autodifesa per una conoscenza necessaria (ma non sufficiente) dell'opera di David Foster Wallace: Portatile, Einaudi, 2017. in "Doppiozero", 17/12/2017, (accessed 17/12/2017).

Solo un altro romanzo famigliare americano? Paul Auster, 4 3 2 1, in "Doppiozero", 3/12/2017, (accessed 17/12/2017).

"I celebrate myself". L'io nella narrazione statunitense, in "Doppiozero", 21/06/2017, (accessed 23/11/2017).​

Events Organised

Research seminar: "Notes and Scribbles Into the World of Academic Journals for Italian Studies", University of Warwick, 23th May 2022, Online event. With: Phil Cooke, Lorenzo Fabbri, Claudio Fogu, Monica Jansen, Silvia Ross, Gigliola Sulis, Sandra Waters.

Panel: "Italian Literary Criticism: Voices, Tendencies, and the Function of the Critic Now", Society of Italian Studies Biennial Conference, 22nd April 2022, Online. With Giacomo Raccis, Olga Campofreda, Teresa Franco, and Valentina Sturli. Organised with Emiliano Zappalà.

Conference: "Really Fantastic! Intertwinements, Exchanges, and Discordances Between Realism and the Fantastic in Italian Culture", Society of Italian Studies PG Symposium, 18th February 2022, online edition. Keynote speakers: Francesca Billiani, Fabio Camilletti, Morena Corradi. Organised with Simona Di Martino.

Conference: "Intermediality. Questioning the in-betweenness of media and artistic practice", SMLC PG Symposium, University of Warwick, 24/05/2019 (funded by RSSP, CADRE, and SMLC). Keynote speaker: Gavin Schwartz-Leeper. Organised with Pallavi Joshi.

Conferences

"The term 'irony' in the context of the contemporary Italian debate on the historical novel", 20-minute paper, conference title: "Canadian Association of Italian Studies Conference 2022", Sorrento, 2-6 June 2022 (funded by Midlands4Cities Research Development Fund).

"Pasolini contro Eco: una dicotomia necessaria?", 20-minute paper, conference title: "American Association of Italian Studies Conference 2022", University of Bologna, 29 May-1 June 2022 (funded by Midlands4Cities Research Development Fund).

"Traces of Romantic Irony in Modernism and Postmodernism", 20-minute paper, conference title: "1922/2022: Total Modernism", University of Turin, 18-20 May 2022.

"Malinconia di sinistra e usi della memoria nell'opera di Wu Ming", 15-minute paper, conference title: "Contronarrazioni: il racconto del potere nella modernità letteraria", MOD Annual Conference, University of Sapienza, Rome. Online, 18th June 2021.

Research seminar - Luca Rastello: Writer, with Luca Chiurchiù, Cecilia Ghidotti, Lorenzo Marchese. University of Warwick, Online, 12/05/2021.

"Industry, Alienation, Cosmic Labyrinths: Calvino and Eco in Il Menabò 5", 15-minute paper, conference title: "SIS Postgraduate Colloquium - Italy at Work. Representations of Labour in Italian Culture", Online edition, 27/11/2020.

"Pirandello, Eco, Rorty: Shifts in the Ethics of Humour, the Comic, and Irony", 20-minute paper, conference title: ""Maledetto sia Copernico!"​: Pirandello and revolutions in contemporary science, philosophy, epistemology and aesthetics", Institute of Modern Languages Research, London, 19/10/2019.

"REALiability": zone d'ombra in the inconvenient realism of I buoni by Luca Rastello", 20-minute paper, conference title: "Ritorno alla realtà", University of Kassel, 29/09 – 02/10/2019 (funded by Warwick HRF).

"The decline of irony in the Italian (post-)postmodern debate: reasons and effects", 20-minute paper, conference title: "Canadian Association of Italian Studies Conference 2019", Orvieto, 13-16/06/2019.

"A brani. Paratesto e intertestualità in Gioventù cannibale", 20-minute paper, conference title: "Alle soglie del racconto. Nei dintorni della narrativa breve italiana", Università degli Studi di Bergamo, 10/04/2019 (funded by Warwick HRF).

"Chasing Sea Monsters: Herman Melville's Moby Dick and Dino Buzzati's "Il Colombre", 20-minute paper, conference title: "Tales of Terror: Gothic, Horror, and Weird Short Fiction", University of Warwick, 22-23/3/2019.

"Do you think my body is funny? Mocking, destroying, and deforming people's appearance: the Italian cannibali as a case study", academic poster presented for the SIS PG Colloquium 2018, Body Narratives, University of Saint Andrews, 16/11/2018 (funded by Warwick HRF).

"Apocalissi postmoderne. Smarrimenti e senso della fine in Gravity's Rainbow e ne Il pendolo di Foucault", 20-minute paper, conference title: Apocalissi ieri oggi e domani. Giornata di studio interdisciplinare in memoria di Eugenio Corsini, Università degli Studi di Torino, 2 ottobre 2018.

Scholarships and Awards

October 2019 - March 2022: M4C Doctoral Scholarship (AHRC), University of Warwick.

October 2018 - September 2019: SMLC Doctoral Fellowship, University of Warwick.

October 2015 - October 2017: Scuola degli Studi Superiori "Ferdinando Rossi" di Torino, Institution of excellence and higher education for University Studies. Access to interdisciplinary ​academic path; 2-year MA scholarship; full exemption from tuition fees; free on-campus accommodation provided.

October 2016 - March 2017: 6-month Erasmus+ Scholarship, University of Warwick.

Qualifications

- Qualification of Academic Excellence (cum laude), Scuola degli Studi Superiori "Ferdinando Rossi" di Torino, University of Turin.

- MA in Culture Moderne Comparate (cum laude), University of Turin.

- BA in Lettere moderne (cum laude), University of Turin.

 
 

Public Engagement & Impact

- Radio interview with Enrico Bianda for Paul Auster's 75th birthday.

3rd February 2022, RSI 2 (Radiotelevisione svizzera).

- Radio interview with Cristina Artoni about Luca Rastello and his book Uno sguardo tagliente.

12th October 2021​, RSI 2 (Radiotelevisione Svizzera).

- "Umberto Eco e Il pendolo di Foucault", with Giorgio Matteoli.

Series of events "Filosofia e romanzo" - Cultural Association "L'ornitorinco".

9th January 2020, University of Turin.

Public engagement event: