Alessandra Capperdoni

First name: 
Alessandra
Family name: 
Capperdoni
Country: 
Canada
Institution: 
Simon Fraser University
Department: 
English and Women's Studies
Title: 
Ph.D.
Short description: 

Alessandra Capperdoni is a graduate in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the Università degli Studi di Bologna (Italy), where she worked extensively on the relationship between literature and modernity, modernist studies, and the relation of the avant-gardes in Europe to shifting cultural and social formations.

She obtained her Ph.D. in English at Simon Fraser University, B.C., where she is presently teaching. Her dissertation, Alter/Nations — Long(ing) Poems: Reconfiguration of the Nation-Discourse in Experimental Canadian Poetry (1960s–1980s), examined Canadian experimental poetry in the long poem genre as critical intervention in the discourse of the nation and the institution of citizenship.

Dr. Capperdoni’s current research focuses on 20th and 21st century comparative poetics and cultural production; specifically, the relationship between literature, modernity and the nation-state, feminist poetics, experimental writings, and theories of spatiality as inflected by gender, sexuality, and diasporic flows. She is currently working on a book manuscript on Canadian literature, Shifting Geographies: Poetics of Citizenship in the Age of Global Modernity. She is also working on a second project, “Poetics of Labour: Women’s Bodies and the Boundaries of Citizenship”. She collaborates with Dr. Kathy Mezei in the areas of translation studies, literatures from Quebec, and feminism as part of a larger project on Canadian comparative literature in collaboration with the University of Sherbrooke, Quebec.

 

Languages: 

English, Italian, German, and French

 

Teaching areas: 

20th and 21st century Canadian and Anglophone literatures

20th and 21st century experimental poetics (Europe and North America)

Modernist studies (Europe and North America, esp. Bloomsbury group and the historical avant-gardes)

British literature since 1950 (discourses of race, class and gender)

Feminist poetics

Feminist theory

Studies in gender and sexuality (queergenders, transgender and transsexuality, queer theory)

Postcolonial and Diaspora studies

Transcultural perspectives on Women's writings

Women's writings from Africa

Women in Greek myth

Contemporary culture and globalization

Literature and critical race

Research areas: 

20th and 21st century Canadian and Anglophone literatures

20th and 21st century experimental poetics (Europe and North America)

Feminist poetics (modernist and postmodern)

Studies in gender and sexuality

Literature, modernity, and the nation-state (including citizenship and globalization studies)

Modernist studies (Europe and North America, esp. Bloomsbury group and the historical avant-gardes)

Post-colonial literary and cultural studies (Canada, Africa, and Caribbean)

Cultural theory (feminism, psychoanalysis, Marxism, semiotics, race, theories of space)

Diasporic literatures

Translation studies

 

Dr. Capperdoni works with Prof. Kathy Mezei on a Research Project on Translation Studies, Feminism, and Literatures from Quebec for the Bibliography of Comparative Studies in Canadian, Quebec and Foreign Literatures in collaboration with the University of Sherbrooke (http://ccl.flsh.usherb.ca).

She was a member of the Organizing Committee for TransCanada: Literature, Institutions, Citizenship, an interdisciplinary conference jointly organized by S.F.U. and U. of Guelph, held at The Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Vancouver, June 23-26, 2005.

 

Conferences: 

  

July 2009. “Trans like who? Trans-Poetics as Re-Articulatory Poetics.” TransCanada 3: Literature, Institutions, Citizenship. Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick. June 2009. “Feminist Geographies in Virginia Woolf’s London Scenes.” Woolf and the City. 19th Annual International Virginia Woolf Conference. Fordham U, New York, NY. May 2009. “Feminist Poetics as Avant-Garde Poetics.” ACCUTE Annual Conference, Carleton U, Ottawa, ON. May 2009. “‘Black like Who?’ Questions of Capital in Black Canadian Literature.” Spectres and Speculations: Capital, Nations, Texts, CACLALS Annual Conference, Carleton U, Ottawa, ON. April 2009. “Fluid Borders—Solid Seas: Representing Africa in Italy.” Africa and Blackness in World Literature and Visual Arts, 35th Annual ALA Conference, U of Vermont, Burlington, VT. June 2008. “‘A New Space and a New Form’: Virginia Woolf’s Re-Writing of the Maternal.” Woolf Editing/Editing Woolf, 18th Annual International Virginia Woolf Conference, U of Denver, CO. May 2008. “‘Hello Citizens, here is your room’: Contemporary Poetics and the Queering of Spatiality.” ACCUTE Conference, U of British Columbia, Vancouver B.C. May 2008. “Culture, Spatiality and the Nation-State in the 1970s Canadian Long Poem.” ACCUTE Conference, U of British Columbia, Vancouver B.C. May 2008. “‘This thing called language’: Reading and Writing in the Classroom.” Tracing the Lines, a Symposium on Contemporary Poetics and Cultural Politics in Honour of Roy Miki. Vancouver, B.C. April 2008. “Lost Geographies, Embodied Practices: The National within the Global and New Cultural Spatialities.” Arrivals and Departures, ACLA Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA. April 2008. “Modernity in the Feminine: African Women Writers and the Cultural.” African and African Diaspora Women Writers, Global Challenges and Cultural Identity, 34th Annual ALA Conference, Western Illinois U, Macomb, IL. November 2007. “Writing as Civic Space: Erín Moure’s Citizenship Acts.” 19th ACSUS Biennial Conference, Toronto, ON. October 2007. “Cultural Poetics as Global Poetics.” TransCanada Two: Literature, Institutions, Citizenship, U of Guelph, Guelph, ON. August 2007. “‘It Was Better To Hold Memory In Your Hand’: Cultural Memory and New Topographies of Struggle in Yvonne Vera’s Butterfly Burning and Jeanette Armstrong’s Whispering in the Shadows.” Literature for Our Times, ACLALS 14th Triennial Conference, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. June 2007. “Citizenship Ethics in Between the Acts: Writing Affect in the Age of Terror.” Virginia Woolf: Art, Education, Internationalism, 17th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, Miami University of Ohio, Oxford, OH. October 2006. “Love the Alien: Un-regulated Zones and Asian Canadian Writing.” Canadian Studies Student Forum in affiliation with the Diasporas and Discovery Annual ACS Conference, Vancouver B.C. June 2006. “Female Flâneurie: Feminist Spectatorship and the De-Regulation of Desire in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and The Pargiters/The Years.” Woolfian Boundaries, 16th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, U of Birmingham, U.K. in affiliation with the International Virginia Woolf Society and the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain. March 2006. “Feminist Progenies – Unlawful Citizenship: Reproduction, Technology and the Spectres of the Nation in Margaret Atwood and Larissa Lai.” Gender and Citizenship, Third Annual New Scholarship in Citizenship Studies, Wayne State University, Detroit. November 2005. “Acts of Passage: Women Writing Translation in Canada.” 18th ACSUS Biennial Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. October 2005. “Le Citoyen à venir : The Futurity of Foreignness and Derrida’s Cosmopolitanism.” Colloquium Derrida and His Legacy, Imagining Citizenship Project, Institute for the Humanities, Simon Fraser University, B.C. June 2005. “Alter/Nations – Long(ing)Poems: Desire and the Reconfiguration of the Discourse of the Nation in Experimental Canadian Poetry from 1960s to 1980s.” Research Cell Session on Citizenship and/in Literature in Global Times, Interdisciplinary Conference, TransCanada: Literature, Institutions, Citizenship, Simon Fraser University, B.C. and University of Guelph, ON, The Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Vancouver, BC. June 2005. “The Gender of Citizenship – The Sex of Space: Virginia Woolf’s The Years and the Politics of the Everyday.” The Art of Exploration, 15th Annual Conference on Virgina Woolf, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR. April 2005. “Alien-Nation: Cleft Tongue and the Spectre of Race.” Beyond Autoethnography: Writing Race and Ethnicity in Canada, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON. March 2005. “Contact Zones – Ghost Works : Diaspora and Desire in Daphne Marlatt’s (G)host Writings.” Peripheral Visions, Graduate conference, University of Sherbrooke, QC. March 2005. “On Swells and Surges: Pleasure-Holes and Dangerous Zones in Daphne Marlatt’s Migratory Poetic.” Colloquium Citizen: Imagination and Agency, Writer-in-Residence Program, English Department, Simon Fraser University, B.C. March 2005. “Wanderings of Language: Intimate Trans-lations in Edeet Ravel’s Ten Thousand Lovers.” Translating Canada/En Traduction: The Margins Talk Back/Les Marges Répondent, University of Moncton, N.B. October 2004. “Im/political Acts: Re/Siting Canadian Writing.” Convergence and Divergence in North America: Canada and the United States, CNS-ACSUS Conference, Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre, B.C. September 2003. “Writing Citizenship in the Feminine: Performative Acts in Erin Mouré’s O Cidadàn.” Brave New Wor(l)ds: Re-thinking National Consciousness, Graduate Conference, Simon Fraser University, B.C. February 2003. “De-facements: Rethinking Political Identities and National Culturalism through Roy Kiyooka’s October’s Piebald Skies & Other Lacunae.” The Academy and Maps of Knowledge: An Interdisciplinary Conference, Graduate Conference, UViC, BC. November 2002. "Framing Roy Kiyooka: Texts, Contexts, Critical Practices". Hybridity, the Global Imaginary and Roy Kiyooka, Roundtable Discussion, Graduate Conference, UViC, B.C. September 2002. “The Politics of Monstrosity as a Translational Practice: Siting Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red.” Intersections II: Avenues of Literary Context, Graduate Conference, Simon Fraser University, B.C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Publications: 

(Forthcoming). “‘Phoenicia ≠ Lebanon’ : Transsexual Poetics as Poetics of the Body within and across the Nation.” Cultural Grammars of Nation, Diaspora and Indigeneity in Canada. Eds. Melina Baum Singer, Christine Kim, and Sophie McCall. TransCanada Series. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier UP.

(Forthcoming, collection on translation). “Atti di Passaggio: Scrittura femminile di traduzione in Canada,” [Acts of Passage: Women’s Translational Writing in Canada], ed. Deborah Saidero. Udine, Italy: U of Udine P.

2009. “1989: Tessera’s Spring Issue on La Traduction au féminin comme réécriture marks the heyday of feminist translational poetics in Canada.” Translation Effects: The Making of Modern Canadian Culture. Ottawa: U of Ottawa P.

2008. “Feminist Progenies — Unlawful Citizenship: Reproduction, Technology and the Spectres of the Nation in Margaret Atwood and Larissa Lai.” Special issue “Citizenship and Cultural Belonging in Canadian Literature,” West Coast Line 59, Vol. 42.3, eds. Sophie McCall and David Chariandy, (Fall): 44-61.

2008. “Acts of Passage: Women Writing Translation in Canada.” TTR: Traduction, Traductologie, Rédaction XX.1 (Spring): 245-279.

2008. “Rethinking Difference and the Body of the Nation in Cannibal Democracy: Race and Representation in the Literature of the Americas, by Zita Nunes.” Review. Postcolonial Text (Fall) 4.4: 1-4.

 

2007. “Wanderings of Language: Intimate Translations in Edeet Ravel’s Ten Thousand Lovers.” In Translating from the Margins/Traduire des marges, eds. Denise Merkle, Jane Koustas, Glen Nichols and Sherry Simon. Quebec: Nota Bene: 291-309.

2007. Articles on Italian writers: “Carlo Emilio Gadda,” “Natalia Ginzburg,” “Leonardo Sciascia,” “Italo Svevo,” “Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa.” In Compendium of Twentieth Century World Novelists and Novels, ed. Michael D. Sollers. New York: Facts on File, Inc. ISBN 081-60-62331. 285-287. 304-306. 715-716. 779-781. 444-446.

2007. “The Leopard (Il Gattopardo).” In Compendium of Twentieth Century World Novelists and Novels, ed. Michael D. Sollers. New York: Facts on File, Inc. ISBN 081-60-62331. 455-456.

2006. “Im/political Acts: Re-Siting Canadian Writing.” In Convergence and Divergence in North America: Canada and the United States, eds. Karl Froschauer and Nadine Fabbi. Publication of Conference Proceedings. Vancouver: Centre for Canadian Studies, Simon Fraser University.