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Laura Scuriatti

Education and Research:

Laura Scuriatti studied English and German literature at the Università degli Studi di Milano (Laurea). In 1999-2002 she held an AHRB scholarship and received her PhD in English Literature from the University of Reading. Her research focuses on the relationship between literature and the visual arts in early modernism and the avant-garde, and on gender theory. She has taught at the University of Reading and teaches at ECLA since 2003.

Classes taught at ECLA:

Core Courses:
Values of Renaissance Florence
Forms of Love

Shakespeare's The Tempest
Theory of the Novel
Theories of Realism
Gender Theory
Michel Foucault's Discipline and Punish
Words and Images: Manifestos of the Avant-Garde (co-taught with art historian Aya Soika)
Literature, Collections and Museums

Project Year Research Topics supervised at ECLA:

Performing Identity. Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
Holocaust and Representation
The Artist as Pygmalion: Gombrich's Aesthetic Theory
The Relational Nature of Identity and Space in E. S. Özdamar's Writings

Supervision interests:

English and German modernist and contemporary literature; interdisciplinary projects in modernist and avant-garde literature and the visual arts; gender theory; critical theory.


Edited volumes :

(with Sara Fortuna), Dekalog 5. Dogville (London: Wallflower Press). Forthcoming 2012.

(with Caroline Patey), The Exhibit in the Text: Museological Practices of Literature (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2009).

Berlin Babylon. Antologia di giovani scrittori tedeschi (Milan: Mondadori, 2004).

Book chapters:

(with Sara Fortuna) 'Introduction' and 'Interview with Lars von Trier', in S. Fortuna and L. Scuriatti (eds), Dekalog 5. Dogville (London: Wallflower Press). Forthcoming 2012.

'The Good, the Beautiful and the Bad: Objectification in Lars von Trier's Dogville' in S. Fortuna and L. Scuriatti (eds), Dekalog 5. Dogville (London: Wallflower Press). Forthcoming 2012.

"The Autobiography as Collection, the Collection as Autobiography: Mario Praz's House of Life", in: C. Patey and L. Scuriatti (eds), The Exhibit in the Text: Museological Practices of Literature (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2009).

"Bodies of Discomfort: Mina Loy, the Futurists and Modernist Feminism" in: A. Kershaw and A. Kimyongür (eds.), Women in Europe between the Wars: Politics, Culture and Society (London: Ashgate, 2007).

'Walking the Tightrope: Sacheverell Sitwell's Rewriting of the Mediterranean in Southern Baroque Art', in: C. Patey, G. Cianci and F. Cuojati, Anglo-American Modernity and the Mediterranean (Milan: Cisalpino, 2006).

"Designers' Bodies: Women and Body Hair in Contemporary Art and Advertising" in: K. Lesnik-Oberstein (ed.), The Last Taboo: Women and Body Hair (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2006).

'Looking for the Self in the City: Roma Tearne's Photographic Autobiography', in R. Colombo and D. Scudero (eds.), Nel corpo delle città: Roma Tearne (exhibition catalogue) (Rome: Gangemi Editore, 2004).

"Hiding the Narrative: the Spaces of Fiction in The Good Soldier" in: V. Fortunati and E. Lamberti (eds.), Ford Madox Ford and the Republics of Letters (Bologna: CLUEB, 2002).

Journal articles:

"Negotiating Boundaries: The Economics of Space and Gender in Mina Loy's Early Poems", Feminismo/s, 5 (June 2005): 71-84.

(with Marina Della Giusta), " 'The Show Must Go On': Making Money Glamorizing Oppression", European Journal of Women's Studies, 12(1) (2005): 31-44.

"A Tale of Two Cities: H. G. Wells's The Door in the Wall, illustrated by Alvin Landon Coburn", The Wellsian, 22 (1999): 11-28. Rpt. in: John Partington (ed.), The Wellsian. Selected Essays, 1976-2003 (Oss: Equilibris, 2003).

Encyclopaedia entries:

'Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman', in Gary Westfahl (ed.), The Greenwood Encyclopaedia of Themes in Science Fiction and Fantasy (Westport: Greenwood Press, 2005).

'Djuna Barnes', in Jeffrey Gray et al. (eds.), The Greenwood Encyclopaedia of American Poetry (Westport: Greenwood Press, 2005).