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Dr Sara Uboldi

Literary Critics

University of Modena and Reggio Emilia



Sara Uboldi received her PhD in Human Sciences (Literary Critics and Comparative Literature) in 2014 with a dissertation on 'Fairy Tales and Cognitive Neurosciences'. She currently teaches Text Semiotics as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy.

She is the author of a number of essays and one book, of which the most recent are the monograph Neurobiologia della finzione [Fiction Neurobiology] (Altravista Edizioni, 2018) and the essay 'The dilemma of suspense: Neuronarratology, Cognitive Neurosciences, and Computer  Technology' (with S. Calabrese) in Computational and Cognitive Approaches in Narratology (2016).

The main focus of her research is in attempting to understand how the human mind moves to create narrative worlds. Her studies explore the results of boundary research by comparing the data produced by literary and human sciences, cognitive anthropology and archaeology with neurosciences and neurochemistry. Her approach concerns the use of cognitive poetics theory and suggests a renewed interpretation of the relationship between literature, storytelling, art and rituals. She is presently engaged in a study dedicated to Italo Calvino and the science of mind, a reading of Calvino’s works through cognitive poetics.