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Dr Alessandra Aloisi


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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow

Tel: +44 (0)2476 573 434
Email: a.aloisi@warwick.ac.uk

H 4.07

Humanities Building, University Road
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL


About

Alessandra Aloisi is 'Marie Skłodowska-Curie' post-doctoral fellow at the University of Warwick. Her project focuses on Distraction as a Philosophical Concept and a Stylistic Device in France and Italy, from the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries (in collaboration with Dr Fabio Camilletti). Alessandra studied Philosophy at the University of Pisa (BA, MA 2001-2007) and at the University Paris-Sorbonne (visiting student, 2006), completing a dissertation on L'ordine della natura in Leibniz e Spinoza. In 2011 she obtained a Ph.D in Aesthetics at the University of Pisa. Her doctoral thesis aimed at providing a portrait philosophique or conceptuel of Giacomo Leopardi à la Deleuze. It was published as: Desiderio e assuefazione. Studio sul pensiero di Leopardi (Pisa: Ets, 2014). She was a visiting postgraduate student in Paris (Université Paris-Sorbonne, Collège de France: 2008-2009) and at the University of Birmingham (Leopardi centre: Spring 2010). In 2011-2014 she was Research and Teaching Assistant ('cultrice della materia') in Aesthetics at the University of Pisa.

Research interests

My current research challenges and reassesses the historical development of ‘distraction’ in its philosophical and literary implications. The dominant Augustinian-Pascalian strain of Western thought has traditionally viewed distraction as an expression of human imperfection, which must be corrected in favour of concentration and logical thinking. My project reconstructs how the 17th and 18th centuries witness a different understanding of distraction in both the ethical and the aesthetic-cognitive spheres, paving the way to its revaluation as a productive resource, in literary and stylistic terms, between the 18th and 19th centuries. By focusing on the French and Italian linguistic and cultural domains, which were characterised by a lively circulation of texts and by a relatively homogeneous cultural background, my research aims to show how distraction intersects and mirrors the cultural tensions from the Old Regime to the post-revolutionary decades. My project firmly relies on a philosophical framework that, through a constant dialogue with thinkers such as Bergson, Benjamin and Rancière, understands distraction as a peculiar and intrinsic feature of intellectual modernity.

I work in the following main research areas:

  • The intersection of Philosophy and Literature
  • Modern Philosophy and Literature (notably French and Italian)
  • Aesthetics
  • Comparative Literature
  • History of Ideas, Intellectual History

My research interests also include:

  • Contemporary Philosophy (notably French and Italian)
  • Animal Studies

Publications

Books (monographs)
  • Desiderio e assuefazione. Studio su pensiero di Leopardi (Pisa: Ets, 2014).
Edited volumes
  • The Archaeology of the Unconscious, Italian Perspectives (co-edited with Fabio Camilletti), which has recently been accepted by Routledge and will appear in the Warwick Series in the Humanities (forthcoming: 2018).
  • G. Leopardi, Il gallo silvestre e altri animali, anthology of texts, ed. by A. Prete and A. Aloisi (Lecce: Manni, 2010).
Book chapters
  • 'The Melancholy of the Revolution, Maine de Biran facing Napoleon's Hundred Days',
    in K. Astbury and M. Philp (eds.), Napoleon's 100 Days and the struggle for legitimacy (forthcoming: Palgrave 2018).
  • 'Rivoluzione', in N. Bellucci, F. D'Intino, S. Gensini (eds.), Lessico leopardiano (Roma: Sapienza Università Editrice, 2016), 109-114.
  • 'La Moda e la Morte: invenzione di una genealogia mitica', in P. Abbrugiati (ed.), Le mythe repensé dans l'oeuvre de Giacomo Leopardi (Presses Universitaires de Provence, 2016), 317-327.
  • L’infinito come condizione di un’esperienza possibile’, in F. Camilletti and P. Cori (eds.), Ten steps. Critical Inquiries on Leopardi (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2015).
  • ‘Leopardi e l'idea di sistema’, in D. Manca (ed.), Il velo scolpito. Dialoghi tra filosofia e letteratura, afterword by A. Prete (Pisa: Ets, 2014), 27-39.
  • 'Limite/confine', in N. Bellucci, F. D'Intino, S. Gensini (eds.), Lessico leopardiano (Roma: Sapienza Università Editrice, 2014), 65-72.
  • ‘Pensiero e figure dell’animalità in Antonio Prete’, in C. A. Augieri (ed.), Pensiero poetante e poetica della lontananza (Lecce: Milella, 2012), 125-35.
  • ‘Esperienza del sublime e dinamica del desiderio in Giacomo Leopardi’, in C. Gaiardoni (ed.), La prospettiva antropologica nel pensiero e nella poesia di Giacomo Leopardi (Firenze: Olschki, 2012), 243-58.
Journal special issues
Articles
  • ‘Una macchina dal nome infernale in arrivo da un paese romantico', Intersezioni. Intersezioni. Rivista di storia delle idee, n. 2 (August 2017), 163-83.
  • ‘Elogio dell’inopersosità. Agamben e Leopardi’, Italian Studies vol. 72 (2017), Issue 3, 282-91.
  • 'Maine de Biran’s Conception of Melancholy, Between Medicine and Philosophy', in Melancolia. Metamorfosi dell'umor nero, special issue of Odradek. Studies in Philosophy of Literature, Aesthetics and New Media Theories, ed. by V. Serio, vol. 3, n. 1 (forthcoming: 2017).
  • ‘Immagini della natura nello Zibaldone’, in R. Bruni and A. Camiciottoli (eds.), 'Il laberinto della natura'. La questione della filosofia in Giacomo Leopardi, a special issue of La Rassegna della letteratura italiana, anno 117, serie IX, n. 2, luglio-dicembre 2013, 427-41.
  • ‘“Disfare e rimutare di continuo le cose di quaggiù”: appunti su moda, morte e civiltà in Leopardi’, Leussein. Rivista di studi umanistici, n. 2-3/maggio-dicembre 2012, 127-36.

  • ‘Memoria e attenzione involontaria nello Zibaldone’, Rivista Internazionale di Studi Leopardiani, 7/2011, 83-94.
  • ‘Memoria e infanzia in Agostino’, Rivista di filosofia, 2/2010, 187-208.
  • 'Fisica e metafisica della noia nelle Operette morali di Leopardi’, Rivista internazionale di studi leopardiani, 6/2010, 61-78.
Reviews
  • M. C. Corballis, The Wandering Mind. What the Brain Does When You are Not Looking (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2015), Philosophical Inquiries, Vol. 4, n. 2 (2016).
  • C. Bingham and G. Biesta, Jacques Rancière. Education, Truth, Emancipation, with a new essay by J. Rancière (London/New York: Continuum International Publishing Group, 2010), Social Theory Applied.
  • C. Colaiacomo, Il poeta della vita moderna. Leopardi e il Romanticismo (Roma: Luca Sossella Editore, 2013), Appunti leopardiani / Notes on Leopardi, 7/2014.
  • F. Camilletti, Leopardi's Nymphs: Grace, Melancholy, and the Uncanny (Oxford: Legenda, 2013), O.b.l.i.o. IV, 16, 111-5.
  • G. Polizzi, Giacomo Leopardi. La concezione dell’umano, tra utopia e disincanto (Milano: Mimesis, 2011), Appunti leopardiani / Notes on Leopardi, 4 (2012/2).

  • P. Cristofolini, L’uomo libero. L’eresia spinozista alle radici dell’Europa moderna (Pisa: Ets, 2007), La società degli individui, 32 (2008/2), 175-79.

Translations
  • Italian translation from French of M. de Beistegui, Proust e la gioia. Per un’estetica della metafora (Pisa: Ets, 2013).

  • Italian translation from French of P. Steiner, Le ricchezze oscene (Pisa: Ets, 2012).

  • Italian translation from French of M. de Beistegui, ‘Per un'estetica della metafora’, in P. Godani and D. Ferrari (eds.), La sartoria di Proust. Estetica e costruzione nella Recherche (Pisa: Ets, 2010), 17-46.

  • Italian translation from French of D. Zabunyan, ‘Michelangelo Antonioni, un nietzscheano accanito’, in P. Godani and D. Cecchi (eds.), Falsi raccordi. Cinema e filosofia in Deleuze (Pisa: Ets, 2007), 113-25.

Professional associations

  • Society for Italian Studies (SIS)

Qualifications

  • PhD (Aesthetics), Università di Pisa, 2011.
  • BA and MA (Philosophy), Università di Pisa, 2007 (MA research stay at Université Paris IV - Sorbonne, ERASMUS programme).