I am currently Lecturer of English at Vilnius University, teaching courses in linguistics and literature. I was educated at the University of Pavia (Italy, BA and MA in English and Spanish language and literature) and at the University of Nottingham, where I gained a PhD in the fields of stylistics in 2016. My research, focusing on the linguistic and cognitive dimensions of difficulty in modernist and postmodernist poetry, has been published on international peer-reviewed journals including The Journal of Literary Semantics and Language and Literature. My thesis-based monograph, Difficulty in Poetry: A Stylistic and Processing Model, is forthcoming for Palgrave Macmillan, London. And I’m currently working on an empirical study on the relationship between difficulty in poetry and abstraction in the visual arts. In the picture below I’m doing exactly this:
My academic mission is that of developing the fields of stylistics and poetics by drawing on multiple frameworks, adapting the scientific method as explored by Karl Popper. In terms of teaching, I aim at sparking students’ interest and passion in this subject, pushing them out of their comfort zone while remaining approachable and supportive.
Apart from teaching and researching, I am a creative writer, having published two poetry collections written in Italian: Per ogni frazione (Campanotto 2010) e Non di fortuna (Italic & Pequod 2017). I’ve two new books of creative writing in the pipeline: a third poetry collection and a collection of flash fiction/aphorisms. I’m planning to publish them between 2020 and 2021.
Occasionally, I also do translating jobs from Italian to English (see corresponding page) and write about contemporary Italian poetry on my other website.