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Dr Alessia Risi

Lecturer in Italian and Film (E&S)


01392 722194



Office: Queen's 140

I graduated from La Sapienza – University of Rome (Laurea in Lettere/Sociologia della letteratura) and I completed a PhD in Italian at University College Cork (Ireland). Before coming to Exeter, I worked at University College Cork and Dublin Institute of Technology.

I specialize in contemporary Italian literature (19th-20st century), with a particular focus on Italian women's writing and crime fiction, which I approach primarily from narratological, socio-historical, feminist and gender-based perspectives. Over the years, my teaching and research interests have extended into media and comparative studies. I thus focus on changes in representational and storytelling modes between different media, with a strong emphasis on feminist and gender politics.

I have published articles on Italian crime and noir fiction, women’s writing, reader response, and experimental narratives. My recent article “Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels: Retelling History Through Gendered Fiction” (Journal of Romance Studies, 2018) explored Ferrante’s use of genre and gender elements in re-addressing and re-telling contemporary Italian historical turning points, from an embodied female-gendered viewpoint. I am currently developing this work with a new article on the on-screen representation of female friendship in the RAI/HBO adaptation of My Brilliant Friend (2018-).

At Exeter I teach Italian and Film.

I am Language Portfolio Representative for The Society for Italian Studies.

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  • Risi A. (2017) L'Irlanda, Gates No Frontiers: Images and Memories beyond the War, ODG Edizioni, 78-92.


  • Risi A. (2015) Approaches to Gender: Grazia Verasani’s Giorgia Cantini Series, Out of Deadlock Female Emancipation in Sara Paretsky's V. I. Warshawski Novels, and Her Influence on Contemporary Crime Fiction, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 117-133.
  • Risi A. (2015) Il transmedia activism nel contesto italiano: L’esperienza transmediale RAI di "Transiti", Transmedia. Storia, memoria e narrazioni italiane attraverso i media, Mimesis, 219-243.


  • Benchi P, Morelli M, Alessi S, Remoundou A. (2013) Aigne: The Online Postgraduate Journal of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, Aigne: The Online Postgraduate Journal of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, volume 3, no. Italian Issue. [PDF]


  • Risi A. (2010) Dalle microstorie di Grazia Verasani alla costruzione del sociale. Analisi delle 'trame' secondarie in "Quo Vadis, Baby?" e "Velocemente da nessuna parte", Memoria in Noir. Un’indagine pluridisciplinare, Peter Lang.
  • Risi A. (2010) Siamo davvero al post noir? Alcune considerazioni sul genere e sulla scrittura di Grazia Verasani, Roma noir 2010 scritture nere : narrativa di genere, new Italian epic o post-noir?, Robin Edizioni, 167-186.


  • Risi A. (2009) Donne e contesto storico-sociale: le figure femminili nella scrittura di Grazia Verasani, Il romanzo poliziesco la storia, la memoria, Astrea, 187-198.
  • Risi A. (2009) "Tu sei lei": una chiamata all’impegno politico, La Libellula: Rivista di Italianistica.


  • Risi A. (2005) Editori, Roma noir 2005. Tendenze di un nuovo genere metropolitano, Robin Edizioni, 145-154.


  • Risi A. (2004) Il mercato della lettura. Produzione, lettori, media e nuovi media, La narrativa italiana degli anni Novanta, Meltemi Editore srl, 179-198.
  • Risi A. (2004) Dal lettore solitario alle nuove "comuni" della lettura, Bollettino di Italianistica. Rivista di critica, storia letteraria, filologia e linguistica, pages 127-143.

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