Dr Lucia Boldrini

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United Kingdom
Goldsmiths, University of London
Department of English and Comparative Literature
Senior Lecturer
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Lucia Boldrini teaches English and comparative literature at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she coordinates the Comparative Literature And Criticism pathway of the MA in Comparative Literary Studies. She was General Coordinator of RÉELC-ENCLS from 2005 to 2009, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the International James Joyce Foundation from 2000 to 2006. She is a member of the executive committee of the British Comparative Literature Association. Her publications include works on Joyce, Dante, and modernist medievalism; fictional biography and autobiography; literature and science; comparative literature.

English, Italian, Spanish, reading competence in French, very limited German
Teaching areas: 

Theories and methodologies of comparative literature; Modernism, Postmodernism, Post-War II writing, Joyce; Dante; Literary theory, the short story

Current and recent areas of postgraduate supervision: Joyce; Eliot & Montale; 21st century fiction; Fictional biographies and autobiographies; Menie Muriel Dowie; Perec; The post-modern fantastic; Forster & Saba, Joyce & Pirandello, contemporay fairy tale picture books

Research areas: 

Modernism, postmodernism, James Joyce, Dante, modernist medievalism, literature and science, fictional biography and autobiography, comparative literature.

General Coordinator of the REELC/ENCLS, 2005-09 
Editorial Board, Comparative Critical Studies, 2004-present
Board of Trustees of the International James Joyce Foundation 2000-2006 
Executive Committee, British Comparative Literature Association 1998- present.

1989, Laurea in Lingue e Letterature Straniere (English, Spanish, Italian), 110/110 Summa cum laude, University of Pisa,
1995, Dottorato in Ricerca, Universities of Pisa and Florence (English Literature)
1997, PhD, University of Leicester (Comparative Literature: English & Italian)

Scholarships & Awards
1989 Reaserch Scholarship, University of Leicester, 1989-1991
1991 Research Scholarship, University of Pisa, 1991-1994
1996 Research Award for publication of Biografie Fittizie e Personaggi Storici (ETS, 1998)
2000 Goldsmiths College Gregory Fellowship, Spring term 2000-01
2002 Centre for Excellence in Learning Technology Fellowship, 2002-03


Conference papers and guest lectures

2008 VI National Conference of the Portuguese Association of Comparative Literature / X Autumn Colloquium, "A Commemoration of the Historical Avantgarde", Universidade do Minho, Braga, 'Comparative Literature and Translation: Can the Past Teach Something About the Future?'

2008 VI International Conference of the Institute of Anglo-Italian Studies, University of Malta, "Britain and Italy: Literary and Cultural Relations", 'Anna Banti and Virginia Woolf: A Dialogue Across Time'

2008 Annual conference of the Slovene Comparative Literature Association, "The Author: Who or What is Writing Literature?", 'Heterobiography, Hypocriticism, and the Ethics of Authorial Responsibility'

2007 XI International BCLA Conference, "Folly". 'Michael Ondaatje’s The Collected Works of Billy the Kid: Anamorphosis, Hallucination, Metamorphosis'

2006 Annual conference of the Slovene Comparative Literature Association, "History and its literary genres".‘“On the threshold of a new ism”: Paradigm shifts in John Banville’s Doctor Copernicus’.

2006 Annual Conference of the Swiss Comparative Literature Association "Literature and Science". 'Literature and Science. Full Stop.' 

2005 Humanities graduate school, University of Venice. Guest Lecture: “Non star più nella pelle: The Collected Works of Billy the Kid di Michael Ondaatje”

2004 10th International BCLA Conference “Invention: Literature and Science”: ‘Primo Levi’s Obscure Writing? The Periodic Table, “The Two Cultures” and “Commitment”’

2003 "Autobiografictions"  Goldsmiths College. ‘Heterobiographies, or, The Delirium of Autobiography’

2001 Trieste Joyce Summer School. Plenary Lecture, ‘Intimations of proximate dawn’. A 2001 Ulysses’

2001 15th International ‘Miami J’yce’ conference. Paper: ‘Reviewing Ulysses through the eyes of 2001 (Tooling around with Kubrick’s Tube)’

1998 XVI International James Joyce Symposium, Rome. ‘James, Stein, Joyce, Eliot, and the Modernist Portrait’

1997 III International ESSE Conference, Debrecen, Hungary. Seminar on ‘Rewriting English Literature 19th and 20th Centuries’: ‘Biographical rewritings, modernism, postmodernism, and postcolonialism’.

1997 III International ESSE Conference, Debrecen, Hungary. Seminar on ‘“Cryptanalysis”: Cryptical/Critical Interaction in Contemporary Fiction and Theory’, Paper: ‘De Man that Killed the Author that Killed the Man: Adair’s The Death of the Author and the Ethics of (Anti-)theory’.

1996 International RE:JOYCE Conference, Dundee. ‘Unspeakable Geometries: From Dante’s Geometry of Ineffability to Joyce’s Geometry of the Unspeakable’.

1996 ‘Magic Realism in Literature Written in English’, University of Pisa. ‘In the Land of Miracles: Jack Hodgins’ Novels’.

1995 Robert Graves Centenary Conference, St John’s College, Oxford. ‘(Im)Proper Wife: Giving Voice to the Silent Woman in Robert Graves’ Wife to Mr Milton’.

1995 International Society for the Study of Narrative, Park City, University of Utah. ‘Are Postcolonial Fictional Biographies Postmodern? Modernism, Character and Exile in David Malouf’s n Imaginary Life’.

1995 Annual A.I.A. Conference, Bologna. ‘Impersonality and Death of the Author through Modernism and Postmodernism: Joyce, Nabokov, and the British Postmodernist Novel’.

1994 XIV James Joyce International Symposium, Seville. “Let Dante be silent...”: Wakean Transformations of Dante’s Theory of Polysemy’.

1993 International conference ‘Usure/Rupture,’ Université François Rabelais, Tours. ‘Turning Theory into Fiction’.

1991 7th International Conference on Narrative, University of Nice. ‘Narrative and Theatrical Fiction in Finnegans Wake.’

1990 XII International James Joyce Symposium, Monaco. ‘The Rule of Analogy and Contrapasso: Babel, Dante, Joyce, and the Redemption of Language.’

Conference Organisation
2007 BCLA International triennial conference, Folly, Goldsmiths College 2-5 July.

2004 X International BCLA Conference, Invention: Literature and Science.

2003 autobiografictions, Department of English and Comparative Literature / British Comparative Literature Association, Goldsmiths College

2000 XVII International James Joyce Symposium, ‘Joyce 2000: The Right to Write’, Goldsmiths College, London

1996 ‘Middayevil Joyce: A Forum on Joyce’s Medieval Cultures’, one-day workshop within the XV International James Joyce Symposium, Zurich


Forthcoming 2010 ‘Rattling the Cage of Meaning: Primo Levi’s The Periodic Table, the Two Cultures, and the Ethical Duty of the Writer’, Science and Literature, ed. By Cedric Barfoot and Valeria Tinkler Villani (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2009).

2010  'Comparative Literature and Translation: Can the Past Teach Something About the Future?', Actas de "VI Congresso Nacional Associação Portuguesa de Literatura Comparada / X Colóquio de Outono Comemorativo das Vanguardas, ed. by Ana Gabriela Macedo and Maria Eduarda Keating, forthcoming in print (Braga: CEHUM, 2010), online at http://ceh.ilch.uminho.pt/outras_publicacoes_online_col_outono.htm#ind2

2009 ' Anna Banti and Virginia Woolf: A Grammar of Responsibility', Journal of Anglo-Italian Studies Vol 10 (2009), pp. 135-149.

2009   Heterobiography, Hypocriticism, and the Ethics of Authorial Responsibility”, Primerjalna književnost 32 (2009), Special issue: The Author: Who or What is Writing Literature? edited by Vanesa Matajc and Gasper Troha,pp. 85-95 (in Slovenian), and pp. 249-259 (in English).

2009 ‘The Anamorphosis of Photography in Michael Ondaatje’s The Collected Works of Billy the Kid’. Image technologies in Canadian Literature: Narrative, Film and Photography, ed. By Carmen Concilio and Richard J. Lane (Peter Lang, 2009). 

2008 '"On the threshold of a new ism":  Historical Paradigms in John Banville's Doctor Copernicus', History and Its Literary Genres. ed. by Gasper Troha, Vanesa Matajc and Gregor Pompe (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008), pp. 18-29.

2007 ‘Literature and Science. Full Stop?’, Colloquium Helveticum, 37, 2007, pp. 55-72

2007 ‘Keeping Our Nerve: Scientific and Historical Paradigms in John Banville’s Doctor Copernicus’, Primerjalna književnost 2007, History and Its Literary Genres

2007 Review of Emily Apter, The Translation Zone: A New Comparative LiteratureTextual Practice 21:1 (2007), pp. 155-159 

2006 ‘Comparative Literature in the Twenty-first Century: A View from Europe and the UK’, in Comparative Critical Studies III.1 (2006), Comparative Literature at a Crossroads?, ed. by Robert Weninger, pp. 13-23 (Being translated into Marathi by Anand Balwant Patil., Taulanik Sahitya ani Sanskrati (Comparative Literature and Culture). Ed. Manisha Anand Patil., Nagpur: Akanksha Prakashan. Forthcoming.) 

2006 Review of Patrick O’Neill, Polyglot Joyce, and Sergio Waisman, Borges and TranslationTranslation and Literature 16:1 (2007), pp 125-129.

2006 Review of Anne Fogarty and Timothy Martin, Joyce on the ThresholdIrish University Review 36.2 (2006), pp. 463-467.

2004 (ed. with Peter Davies) Comparative Critical Studies 1, 3 (2004), Autobiografictions: Comparatist Essays 2004 ‘“Allowing it to speak out of him”: The Heterobiographies of David Malouf, Antonio Tabucchi and Marguerite Yourcenar’, in Comparative Critical Studies I,3 (2004) Autobiografictions: Comparatist Essays ed. By Lucia Boldrini and Peter Davies, pp. 243-263.

2003 “‘Intimations of proximate dawn’. A 2001 UlyssesMany-Voicèd Fountain: Studi di anglistica e comparatistitica in onore di Elsa Linguanti. Ed. By Mario Curreli and Fausto Ciompi. Pisa: ETS, 2003, pp. 360-371.

2003 ‘Ex sterco Dantis: Dante’s Post-Babelian Linguistics in the Wake’. In: James Joyce and the Difference of Language, edited by Laurent Milesi, Cambridge: Cambridge U.P., 2003, pp. 180-194.

2003 ‘Translating the Middle Ages: Modernism and the Ideal of the Common Language’. Translation and Literature, special issue: Translation and Modernism, ed. By Adam Piette. Vol. 12.1, Spring 2003, pp. 41-68.

2003 Review of Jean-Michel Rabaté, James Joyce and the Politics of EgoismJames Joyce Literary Supplement 17, 1 (Spring 2003), pp. 4-5.

2002 (ed.) Medieval Joyce Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi, European Joyce Studies Series, 2002.

2002 ‘Introduction: Middayevil Joyce’. In: Medieval Joyce. Ed. By L. Boldrini. Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi, European Joyce Studies Series, 2002, pp. 11-44.

2002 ‘Let Dante be silent: Finnegans Wakeand the Medieval Theory of Polysemy’. In: Medieval Joyce. Ed. By L. Boldrini. Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi, European Joyce Studies Series, 2002, pp. 199-218.

2002 Review of S. Sicari, Joyce’s Modernist Allegory: “Ulysses” And The History of The NovelJames Joyce Quarterly 39: 2 (Winter 2002), pp. 369-372.

2002 Review of Giovanna Franci and Rosella Mangaroni, Le Mille e Una Maschera di Oscar WildeThe Oscholars, September 2002. 

2002 Review of M. C. Fumagalli, The Flight of the Vernacular: Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott, and the Impress of Dante<New Comparison,33-34 (Spring/Autumn 2002), pp. 304-305.

2001 Joyce, Dante, and the Poetics of Literary Relations: Language and Meaning in Finnegans Wake. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

2001 Review of P. Hogan, Joyce, Milton, and the Theory of InfluenceJames Joyce Broadsheet, 64, February 2001.

1999 ‘The Ragged Edge of Miracles, Or A Word or Two on Those Jack Hodgins Novels’. In: Coterminous Worlds: Magical Realism and Contemporary Post-colonial Literature in English. Ed. By Elsa Linguanti, Francesco Casotti and Carmen Concilio. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1999, pp. 83-102.

1999 Review of S. Burke, The Death and Return of the Author EJES Spring 1999.

1998 Biografie fittizie di personaggi storici. (Auto)biografia, soggettività, teoria nel romanzo contemporaneo [Fictional Biographies of Historical Characters. (Auto)biography, Subjectivity, Theory in the Contemporary Novel]. Pisa: ETS, 1998.

1998 ‘The Artist Paring His Quotations: Aesthetic and Ethical Implications of the Dantean Intertext in Dubliners’. In: Re-Joycing: New Readings of Joyce’s Dubliners, ed. By Harold Mosher and Rosa Maria Bosinelli, U. of Kentucky P., 1998, pp 228-246.

1998 ‘Impersonalità e morte dell’autore: un’escursione dall’Europa all’America e ritorno (anche dell’autore). In: Culture di lingua inglese a confronto. A cura di Raffaella Baccolini, Carla Comellini e Vitas Fortunati (Atti del XVII Convegno dell’Associazione Italiana di Anglistica, Bologna 16-18 febbraio 1995; Il Centauro anglo-americano) Bologna: CLUEB, 1998, 55-65.

1998 ‘The Rule of Analogy and Contrappasso: Babel, Dante, Joyce and the Redemption of Language’. In: Images of Joyce: Proceedings of the XII International James Joyce Symposium. Ed. By Clive Hart, George Sandulescu, Bonnie Scott, Fritz Senn. 2 Vols. Vol 1. Gerards Cross: Colin Smythe, 1998, 183-187.

1997 ‘Scienza, Linguaggio, Economia in Dr Copernicus di John Banville’. Scienza e Immaginario, A cura di Anthony L. Johnson e Francesco Gozzi, Pisa: ETS, 1997, pp. 89-103.

1996 Review of the Journal Series Joyce Studies in Italy(University of Rome). James Joyce Broadsheet, 51, October 1996.

1995 ‘(Im)proper Wife: Robert Graves’s Wife to Mr Milton’. Focus on Robert Graves and His Contemporaries, 2,4 (1995): 15-19.

1995 ‘“It was part of the joke, you see”: The Author in the Novel between Theoretical Death and Biographical Life.’ Usure/Rupture: GRAAT N° 13, Numéro repare par Claudine Raynaud et Peter Vernon. Colloque de Tours, Septembre 1993. Organisé par le G.R.A.A.T. (Groupe de Recherches Anglo-Américaines de Tours) le C.E.R.C.A. (Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches sur la Culture Anglo-Américaine, Université d’Orléans) Tours: Publications de l’Université de Tours, 1995, pp. 133-148.

1994 ‘The Failure of Argumentation and the Disjunction of Aesthetics in Robert Browning’s ‘Pictor Ignotus,’’ Linguistica e Letteratura, 19 (1994): 155-181.

1991 ‘”The Sisters” and the Inferno: An Intertextual Network,’ Style, 25,3 (Fall 1991): pp. 453-465.

1990 Review of the Italian translations of Ulysses, James Joyce Broadsheet, 32, June 1990. 

1990 Review of T. C. Theoharis, Joyce’s Ulysses: An Anatomy of the SoulJames Joyce Broadsheet, 33, October 1990.