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Ms Paola Roccella

Paola Roccella Profile PhotoEarly career fellow (IAS), Part-Time Teaching Assistant

Email: P dot Roccella at warwick dot ac dot uk

Office hours: Tuesday 11.00 - 12.00; Wednesday 12.00 - 13.00
Humanities Building, University Road
University of Warwick
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Ms Paola Roccella studied for B.A. and M.A. in Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Catania, Italy. Her fields of interest are comparative and Italian literature: she wrote a B.A. thesis dealing with English and Spanish translations of Petrarca’s Canzoniere, while her M.A. thesis studied the connection between physiognomy and literature, focusing on two contemporary works by V. Magrelli and E. Albinati. She obtained a teaching qualification (equivalent of PGCA) in Spanish Language at the University of Enna. Ms. Roccella is currently a third-year PhD student at the University of Warwick. In 2013/2014 she was awarded a scholarship by the Department of Italian Studies. At Warwick, Paola is coordinator of the Italian Studies Doctoral Colloquia (ISDC) in 2016/2017.

Research interests

Her research interests concern the Twentieth-century literature, in particular the fantastic adopted in post-war years by a minor group of authors including Alberto Savinio, Tommaso Landolfi and Anna Maria Ortese. Among the features of this new fantastic, she considers hybridity and, in particular, zoomorphism as a recurring and meaningful peculiarity which may be associated to a parallel debate on human's aggressiveness and identity in the fields of ethology and anthropology.


- PG Award: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Warwick University)
- PGCE (Italian equivalent) in Spanish language and literature (University of Enna)
- MA in Modern languages and literature (English and Spanish), (University of Catania)
- BA in Modern Languages and Literature (English, Spanish and Modern Greek), (University of Catania)