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Dr Michela Barisonzi

Italian Literature

Monash University


Michela Barisonzi has recently completed a PhD from Monash University, Australia. She holds a BA in Translation and Interpretation, a Master's in Foreign Literatures and Cultures, and a second Master's in International Relations.

Her current research is focused on nineteenth-century Italian literature and specifically on the themes of hysteria and adultery in the novel. Recently she has worked on the influence of the fin-de-siècle nationalist ideology on female representation in Gabriele D’Annunzio’s works. Two new projects she is currently working on are female and male representations in nineteenth-century Italian female authors, and D’Annunzio and the Great War. Other areas of her research include the juridical language of skilled migration in the European Union and Australian governmental frameworks, and the language of political discourse in South America.

Michela has presented papers on nineteenth-century Italian literature and contemporary Italian cinema at various national and international conferences organized by PAMLA, CSIS, SCMLA, and Monash, Melbourne and Cambridge Universities. Her editorial experience include the role of editor with the academic journal Colloquy.