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Mariarita Martino

Ph.D. Research Student – Warwick Postgraduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Italian

Dott. Ling. Lett. (Siena); MA (Warwick and Birmingham).

Year Started: 2006

Supervisors: Dr. Loredana Polezzi & Dr. Jennifer Burns

Mentor: Dr. Simon Gilson

Research Interests
  • Intersemiotic Translation
  • Film/Literary Theory and Analysis
  • Psychoanalytic Criticism
  • Spectatorship
  • Italian Cinema

Project - Intersemiotic Translation: Scopophilia in Written and Filmic Texts

How can scopophilia be analyzed in an intersemiotic context? My research intends to examine how the reader and the spectator may share similar psychoanalytic receptive experiences by analyzing how narratives, both written and visual, enact scopophilic scenarios and their ideological implications, and how those narratives are shifted from the original novel to the film.

The project is intended to a) explore film adaptation in the Italian comparative panorama focusing on the reception of both written and filmic language; b) develop and implement innovative methods in the areas of intersemiotic analysis and the semiotics of reception; c) open up new approaches to the study of film adaptation.

Academic Profile

Mariarita Martino's academic background covers both Italian (Cinema, Contemporary Literature) and Anglo-American Studies-oriented research (Adaptation Studies, Beat Generation and Jazz Music, Edith Wharton and Women's Writing, Ghost Stories). She studied Foreign Languages and Literatures in the Department of Philology and Literary Criticism at the University of Siena, where she obtained a BA (Hons) in 2004 in Anglo-American Literature and and Criticism focusing on adaptations of novels to film. In the UK she studied in Edinburgh (Summer Programme) and in Warwick as an undergraduate research student in the Department of Film and Television Studies, and as a postgraduate taught student in the Department of Italian. She graduated with a University of Birmingham and University of Warwick combined MA in Italian Studies: Culture and Communication in 2006 with a thesis on Liliana Cavani's Trilogy (The Night Porter, 1974; Beyond Good and Evil, 1977; The Berlin Affair, 1983). She is currently completing her Ph.D. on intersemiotic translation of scopophilia from a written code (novel) to a visual code (film) in the works of Pasolini, Brass, Boccaccio, and Tanizaki.

In the United Kingdom and in Italy, Mariarita has taught at various academic and non-academic levels at the University of Birmingham, at the University of Warwick (where she currenlty teaches translation, reading conprehension and Italian language to Art Historians, Italian Cinema), at language schools in Birmingham and Manchester, and at the University of Siena. She has also provided tutorial assistance for the Year Abroad students in 2008 at the Lamaro Pozzani Residence in Rome, and language provisions to History of Art students at the Palazzo Papafava in Venice.


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