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Ms Kate Willman

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I recently completed my PhD at the University of Warwick (awarded January 2016). My doctoral thesis, supervised by Dr Jennifer Burns with Dr Fabio Camilletti, was entitled 'New Italian Epic: History, Journalism and the 21st-Century "Novel"'. Before coming to Warwick, I completed my MA in Comparative Literature at King's College London and my BA in French and Italian at the University of Bristol.

I am currently developing a comparative project on 21st century autofiction and preparing my PhD thesis for publication. The monograph will centre on the recent phenomenon in Italian literature known as the New Italian Epic, a label coined to describe certain hybrid texts published mainly after the year 2000 in Italy that are an unusual mix of genres and media. I argue that this is an important literary movement both within and outside Italy, signalling a new stage in the development of the novel form in the twenty-first century.

Research Interests

  • New Italian Epic
  • 21st century literature
  • Autofiction and life-writing
  • Digital literature
  • Creative nonfiction / nonfiction novels

For more information, see my Warwick eportfolio:


At Warwick, I taught on the following modules:

  • IT103 Italian for Literature Students
  • IT301 Modern Language Italian II: Translation

In the academic year 2015-16, I taught at the University of Bristol on the following modules:

  • ITAL10029 Modern Italy (Convenor)
  • ITAL30001 Italian Language (Translation)