Dr Adele Bardazzi

Dr Adele Bardazzi is Lector in Italian in the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages.

She completed a D.Phil. in Medieval and Modern Languages at Christ Church, Oxford, under the supervision of Prof. Emanuela Tandello. Her research interests include modern and contemporary Italian lyric poetry (in particular the poetry of Eugenio Montale and Antonella Anedda), mourning, and the role of gender in issues of social and cultural authority. 



Her research focuses on loss and mourning in modern lyric poetry. In her doctoral thesis she focused on the poetry of Eugenio Montale (Genoa, 1896 – Milan, 1981). More specifically, she looked at the notion of ‘ombra’ [shadow] as the key element through which a greater degree of insight into Montale’s eschatological vision can be achieved. Montale’s ‘shadow’ emerges as a paradoxical presence-in-absence, and as a constitutive element of his poetry, in so far as it conceives the existence of a continuity between life and death.  From as early as ‘Ossi di seppia’, the status of ‘ombra’ is two-fold. First of all, ‘ombra’ is the shadow with which the poetic subject identifies, representing the only possibility of attaining a desired existential and poetic self-effacement. Secondly, but no less importantly, ‘ombra’ is the shadow of the absent loved one, who is reduced to incorporeality, and from whom the poetic subject seeks not to be cruelly separated. By considering the relationship between poetry and mourning from the Derridean perspective of ‘demi-deuil’, she offeres an original viewpoint to the study of Montale’s so-called ‘care ombre’ [dear shadows], whereby subjects of mourning are no longer considered as negatively dominated by the Other’s death, but indeed devoted to preserving the affect relationship with the dead, against the Freudian notion of ‘moving on’ after loss.



She is co-founder and co-convener of the Research Network Gender and Authority, jointly funded by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and the Balliol Interdisciplinary Institute. By bringing together academics from disciplines across the Humanities and Social Sciences, this interdisciplinary project aims to explore and question received notions of social and cultural authority, specifically as they intersect with issues of gender. More information on the Gender and Authority Network can be found here: http://torch.ox.ac.uk/genderandauthority



She teaches a broad range of topics within modern and contemporary Italian literature (especially FHS Papers VIII, XI and XII). She also teaches Italian Grammar, Italian Prose (i.e. translation from English to Italian), and Essay Writing.


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