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Professor Francesca Saggini

English Literature

Università della Tuscia



Francesca Saggini is Professor of English Literature at Università della Tuscia, Italy. She holds degrees from the Universities of Florence and Chieti, Italy, and from the University of Glasgow, UK. She has been a Senior Associate of Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, since 2017.

Francesca is a member of numerous literary and professional organizations, including international associations in eighteenth-century, Gothic and Romantic studies as well as several professional networks. She sits on the Board of Directors of the peer-reviewed journal Restoration and Eighteenth-century Theatre Research (Valdosta State University); she reviews for, and sits on the scientific committees of, Revenant (Falmouth University), and Annals of the University of Craiova. She peer reviews for many international publishers and journals, and also referees at both the national and international level.

In 2005 she was awarded the “Mario di Nola Prize” by the Accademia dei Lincei, and the University of Virginia Press’s “Walken Cowen Memorial Prize” for the outstanding results of her research in eighteenth-century studies. In 2016 she was awarded the Honourable Mention at the European Society for the Study of English Book Award 2016 (Category Literatures in the English Languages, Senior Scholars) for her research monograph The Gothic Novel and the Stage. Romantic Appropriations (Routledge, 2015). Francesca is the recipient of several prestigious international Fellowships (British Academy, McGill University, Glasgow University) for her research in the area of female dramaturgy and the history of culture in the long eighteenth century.

Francesca is interested in the investigation of literary and cultural transmigrations and transformations (from the early modern era to date), a wide-ranging area which she addresses from the complementing viewpoints of popular culture, visual studies, the relationships between the stage and the page, adaptation studies, and intermedia and multimedia hybridizations. She has also written on and researched topics including the construction and dissemination of authorial memory; the arts in Romanticism; gender studies; the Gothic and the fantastic; the house in literature; the representation of ghosts and the ghostly; and translation studies. She is interested in drama, spectacle, and performance and relishes her occasional forays into TV and film studies. She is the author of over 90 publications, including three award-winning book-length research monographs, one substantial critical edition (pp. 400+) and seven edited collections.