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Dr Fabio A. Camilletti


Associate Professor

Director of Undergraduate Studies in Italian

Admissions Tutor

SSLC Convenor (Italian)

Tel: +44 (0)24 761 51427
Email: F dot Camilletti at warwick dot ac dot uk

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


Fabio Camilletti studied English literature at the University of Pisa (BA, MA 1998-2002) and at St John's College at Oxford (visiting student, 2001-2002) completing a dissertation on Dante Gabriel Rossetti's translation of the Vita Nova. Concurrently, he studied Italian literature and Art History at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, where he was admitted by competition in 1998 and completed the corso ordinario at the Classe di Lettere in 2003 by discussing a thesis on the reception of the English Pre-Raphaelites in fin-de-siècle Italy.

In 2002-03,within the framework of a visiting studentship at the École Normale Supérieure (Paris, rue d'Ulm), he took a Masters (DEA) in French and Comparative Literature at the University of Paris 4-Sorbonne, completing a dissertation in Literature and Theology on the notion of 'purity' from Sade to Kierkegaard.

In 2003-06 he completed a PhD in French and Comparative literature/Modern Literary Studies, jointly supervised by the Scuola Normale and Paris 4. His doctoral thesis focused on the metamorphoses of Dante's Vita Nova and the figure of Beatrice in nineteenth-century European literature and visual arts (Italy, England, France, Germany).

In 2007-11 he completed a second PhD in Italian studies at the University of Birmingham, within the frame of the ‘Zibaldone project’ at the Leopardi Centre, writing a thesis on quotations, history and memory in Leopardi's Zibaldone.

In 2008-10 Dr Camilletti was Postdoctoral Fellow in Literature, Art History and Psychoanalysis at the Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry, and in Autumn 2012 he was a visiting researcher at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa.

Research interests

Dr Camilletti's specialism is nineteenth-century literature and culture from a comparative perspective (Italy, England, France, Germany). His research interests include:

  • Phenomena of fracture, transformation and continuity in Western cultural tradition between the eighteenth and the twentieth centuries, including the metamorphoses of medieval courtly poetry in the nineteenth-century, primitivism in the arts, and the survival of classical antiquity in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries;
  • European Romanticism(s);
  • Literature and Psychoanalysis;
  • Gothic, horror, and supernatural fiction from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century.

His research also covers problems of critical and literary theory (in particular intertextuality, studies on memory, and psychoanalytic-oriented criticism).

In recent years, Dr Camilletti's research has focused largely on Leopardi and on the conceptualisations of historical past and individual memory in post-Napoleonic Europe. His second book, Classicism and Romanticism in Italian Literature: Leopardi's Discourse on Romantic Poetry was published in 2013 by Pickering & Chatto as the opening title of the Warwick Series in the Humanities. In December 2013 he published his third monograph, Leopardi's Nymphs: Grace, Melancholy, and the Uncanny, with Legenda.

In 2011-14 he has directed a research project on The Classicist/Romantic Quarrel in Bourbon Restoration Italy, 1816-1827, funded by the British Academy, exploring the literary conflict between 'Classicists' and 'Romantics' as the aftermath of subterranean political tensions, as well as of the collision between clashing paradigms of historicity. In 2012 he was the Principal Investigator of the AHRC-funded research network Roman Modernities.

He has recently finalized the first complete edition of J.-B.B. Eyriès's 1812 anthology of ghost stories Fantasmagoriana (Rome: Nova Delphi, 2015), an edited volume on Leopardi in the light of contemporary theory, and a monographic issue of the journal Compar(a)ison on the theme of Trans-national Gothic. He is currently working on a new monograph on Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the portrait of Dante's Beatrice, as well as on a book on Italian Gothic fiction and cinema from 1956 to 1977 (working title: Italia lunare: Horror, gotico e 'insolito' da via Margutta a via Fani). He is also about to launch a new research project on illusion, the supernatural and the 'irrational' in post-revolutionary Italy.

He co-organises the interdepartmental Nineteenth-Century Research Seminar Series, co-ordinates the school-wide research project 1816: Trans-Cultural Crossings in Post-Revolutionary Europe, and regularly writes for the online magazine Mattatoio n° 5.

PhD students supervised

Gabriele Scalessa (with Jennifer Burns), 'Between Medicine and Spiritualism: The Visible and the Invisible in Italian Literature, 1865-1901', 2011-15

Kate Willman (with Jennifer Burns), 'Unidentified Narrative Objectives: Journalism, History and the Twenty-First-Century "Novel"', 2012-15

Martina Piperno (with David Lines), 'Temporalities and Fracture in Post-Napoleonic Italy: Leopardi's and Vico's Legacies', 2012-15

Paola Roccella, 'Where the man ends and the animal begins. Zoomorphism and fantastic', 2013-

Sara Boezio, 'Italy and the European fin de siècle: Printed media in the 1890s-1900', 2014-

Giulia Brecciaroli (with Jennifer Burns),'Representations of Urban Experience in Italian Literature of the 1950s-1970s', 2014-

Administrative roles

  • Director of Undergraduate Studies in Italian
  • Admissions Tutor
  • Dissertations Convenor

Selected publications

  • (ed.) J.-B.B. Eyriès et al., Fantasmagoriana (Rome: Nova Delphi, 2015)
  • Classicism and Romanticism in Italian Literature, London: Pickering and Chatto, 2013.
  • Leopardi's Nymphs: Grace, Melanchonly, and the Uncanny, Oxford: Legenda, 2013.

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Professional associations


  • BA, MA (Università di Pisa, English Literature/Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Modern Literary Studies)
  • MSt (Paris 4-Sorbonne, French and Comparative Literature)
  • PhD (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Modern Literary Studies/Paris 4-Sorbonne, French and Comparative Literature)
  • PhD (University of Birmingham, Italian Studies)