Dr Rosa Mucignat

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United Kingdom
King's College London
Comparative Literature
Senior Lecturer
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Rosa Mucignat is Senior Lecturer in Comparative Literature at King’s College London. She is the author of Realism and Space in the Novel, 1795-1869 (Ashgate, 2013), and has published widely on space and place in European and world literature from the eighteenth century to the present. Her current research interests are twofold: representations of Italianness in literature and historiography of the Romantic period; and the experience of modernity in literatures in “minor” and endangered languages. She has written on Pier Paolo Pasolini and Friuli, and has edited the collection of essay Friulian Language: Identity, Migration, Culture (2014). 



English, Italian, German, French
Teaching areas: 
  • the novel in 19th century Europe
  • literary geography; the idea of space in narrative
  • the Romantic myth of Italy
  • modern Italian literature


Research areas: 

 Literary realism, Romanticism, representations of the French Revolution, historiography and political theory in the Romantic period, literature in minor languages, translation. 






Realism and Space in the Novel, 1795-1869: Imagined Geographies. Farnham, Ashgate, 2013.

 Ed. The Friulian Language: Identity, Migration, Culture. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014.  


Journal articles

"Narrating Revolutionary Failure in Sylvain Maréchal and Vincenzo Cuoco: The Legend of Pythagoras." Early Modern French Studies (forthcoming in 2016).   

“Torquato Tasso in the Romantic Imagination: Goethe and Leopardi”. Proceedings of the English Goethe Society (forthcoming in 2016).

 “Characters in Time: Staël, P.B. Shelley, Leopardi and the Construction of Italianness in Romantic Historicism.” Comparative Literature (forthcoming in 2016).

 “Theatrical Revolutions and Domestic Reforms: Space and Ideology in Goethe’s Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre and Austen’s Mansfield Park.” Comparative Critical Studies 7, 2010. 21-40.

 “Strategie retoriche e temi del postmoderno in WG Sebald, Austerliz.” Contemporanea: rivista di studi sulla letteratura e sulla comunicazione 5, 2007. 21-41.



Chapters in books

“History, Prophecy, Revolution: Italian Politics in Byron and Foscolo”. Byron: The Poetry of Politics and the Politics of Poetry. Ed. Roderick Beaton and Christine Kenyon-Jones. Farnham, Ashgate, 2015 (forthcoming).

 “Space and Desire in the Novel: A Girardian Reading of Flaubert’s L’Éducation Sentimentale and Pamuk’s Snow.” Deceit, Desire and the Novel’ 50 Years Later, Mimetic Theory and Literary Studies. Ed. Pierpaolo Antonello and Heather Webb. East Lansing: Michigan State UP, 2014 (forthcoming).

 “Language and History in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Il sogno di una cosa.” The Friulian Language: Identity, Migration, Culture. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishers, 2014. 

 “Il seminario scritto e il seminario parlato. Aspetti dello stile di Arnaldo Momigliano.” La storia e la scienza dell’antico: Lo stile dei classicisti italiani nel Ventesimo Secolo. Ed. Angelo Giavatto and Federico Santangelo. Heidelberg: Verlag Antike, 2013. 68-87.

 “The Home, the Palace, and the Cell: Places of Recognition in Le rouge et le noir and Great Expectations.” Anagnorisis as a Mode of Knowledge: Recognition After Aristotle. Ed. Teresa Russo. Edmonton: U of Alberta P, 2012. 219-40.


Other publications

‘Minority Languages and Multilingualism in the Global Age’, In Other Words 45 (2015), forthcoming. [Magazine of the British Centre for Literary Translation]