Dr Alessandra Aloisi

Departmental Lecturer in 18th and 19th-Century French

Academic background

After studying philosophy at the University of Pisa and the Sorbonne, I completed my PhD in Aesthetics at the University of Pisa. In 2015-2017, I was Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Warwick.

 

Research interests

Eighteenth and nineteenth-century French and Italian literature, culture, and philosophy; Aesthetics; History of ideas; Prehistory of cinema; Medical Humanities.

I’m currently completing a monograph that challenges the historical development of ‘distraction’ in its philosophical and literary implication (17th-19th centuries).

 

Undergraduate teaching areas

French Literature and Philosophy (18th and 19th centuries), French language. Prescribed authors offered include Voltaire, Diderot, Stendhal and Flaubert.

 

Graduate teaching areas

French and European Romanticism

French and European Enlightenment

 

 

Selected publications

 

Books and Edited books 
  • Desiderio e assuefazione. Studio sul pensiero di Leopardi, Pisa: Ets, 2014.
  • Maine de Biran: Of Immediate Apperception, 1807, edited by A. Aloisi, M. Piazza and M. Sinclair, with an Introduction by A. Aloisi and M. Piazza, transl. from French by M. Sinclair, London/New York: Bloomsbury, 2020 (forthcoming).
  • Archaeology of the Unconscious, Italian perspectives, edited by A. Aloisi and F. Camilletti with an Introduction by A. Aloisi and F. Camilletti, London/New York: Routledge, 2020 (forthcoming).
  • Giacomo Leopardi, Il Gallo silvestre e altri animali, edited by A. Aloisi and A. Prete, with an Introduction by A. Prete and notes by A. Aloisi, Lecce: Manni, 2010.
 
Journal articles
  • ‘The Vie de Henry Brulard as an essay on moral geology’, in Habit, Second Nature, and Disposition, edited by M. Piazza, special issue of Paradigmi, 2/2019 (forthcoming)

  • ‘Una macchina dal nome infernale in arrivo da un paese romantico’, Intersezioni. Rivista di storia delle idee, n. 2, 2017 (August), 163-83.

  • ‘Maine de Biran’s Conception of Melancholy, Between Medicine and Philosophy’, in Melancolia. Metamorfosi dellumor nero, edited by V. Serio, special issue of Odradek. Studies in Philosophy of Literature, Aesthetics and New Media Theories, vol. 3, n. 1, 2018.

  • ‘Elogio dell’inoperosità. Agamben e Leopardi’, Italian Studies, vol. 72, Issue 3, 2017, 282- 91.
  • ‘Il pensiero italiano tra le discipline’, La filosofia italiana in questione, edited by F. Pitillo, special issue of Filosofia italiana, 1/2019, 83-91.
  • ‘Immagini della natura nello Zibaldone’, in La Rassegna della letteratura italiana, n. 2, 2013 (July-Dec.), 427-41.
  • ‘Memoria e attenzione involontaria nello Zibaldone’, Rivista Internazionale di Studi Leopardiani, n. 7, 2011, 83-94.
  • ‘Memoria e infanzia in Agostino’, Rivista di filosofia, n. 2, 2010 (August), 187-208.
  • ‘Fisica e metafisica della noia nelle Operette morali di Leopardi’, Rivista internazionale di studi leopardiani, n. 6, 2010, 61-78.

 

Book chapters
  • ‘Francesco Soave and the Unconscious of the Somnambulist, Dreams, Madness and Distraction in Eighteenth-century Italy’, in Archaeology of the Unconscious, Italian perspectives, edited by A. Aloisi and F. Camilletti, London/New York: Routledge, 2020 (forthcoming).
  • ‘The Melancholy of the Revolution, Maine de Biran facing Napoleon’s Hundred Days’, in Napoleons 100 Days and the struggle for legitimacy, edited by K. Astbury and M. Philp, London: Palgrave, 2018, 61-80.
  • ‘La Filosofia’, in Giacomo Leopardi, edited by F. D’Intino and M. Natale, Roma: Carocci, 2018, 101-23.
  • ‘Rivoluzione’, in Lessico leopardiano, edited by in N. Bellucci, F. D’Intino, and S. Gensini, Roma: Sapienza Università Editrice, 2016, 109-14.
  • ‘La Moda e la Morte: invenzione di una genealogia mitica’, in Le mythe repensé dans loeuvre de Giacomo Leopardi, edited by P. Abbrugiati, Aix-en-Provence: Presses Universitaires de Provence, 2016, 317-27.
  • L’Infinito come condizione di un’esperienza possibile’, in Ten steps. Critical Inquiries on Leopardi, edited by F. Camilletti and P. Cori, Oxford: Peter Lang, 2015, 149-73.
  • ‘Limite/confine’, in Lessico leopardiano, edited by N. Bellucci, F. D’Intino, and S. Gensini, Roma: Sapienza Università Editrice, 2015, 65-72.
  • ‘Leopardi e l’idea di sistema’, in Il velo scolpito. Dialoghi tra filosofia e letteratura, edited by D. Manca, Pisa: Ets, 2014, 27-39.
  • ‘Pensiero e figure dell’animalità in Antonio Prete’, in Pensiero poetante e poetica della lontananza, edited by C. A. Augieri, Lecce: Milella, 2012, 125-35.
  • ‘Esperienza del sublime e dinamica del desiderio in Giacomo Leopardi’, in La prospettiva antropologica nel pensiero e nella poesia di Giacomo Leopardi, Firenze: Olschki, 2010, 243-58.
 
Book reviews 
  • Review of Understanding Rancière, Understanding Modernism, ed. by P. M. Bray, Modern Language Review, n. 113/4, 2018, 847-48.
  • Review of M.C. Corballis, The Wandering Mind. What the Brain Does When You are Not Looking, Philosophical Inquiries, vol. 4, no. 2, 2016.
  • Review of F. Camilletti, Leopardis Nymphs: Grace, Melancholy, and the Uncanny, O.b.l.i.o., IV, n. 16, 2015.
  • Review of C. Bingham and G. Biesta, Jacques Rancière: Education, Truth, Emancipation, Social Theory Applied, 2015.
  • Review of C. Colaiacomo, Il poeta della vita moderna. Leopardi e il romanticismo, Appunti leopardiani/Notes on Leopardi, vol. 7, 2014, n. 1.
  • Review of G. Polizzi, Giacomo Leopardi. La concezione dell’umano, tra utopia e disincanto, Appunti leopardiani/Notes on Leopardi, vol. 4, n. 2, 2012.
  • Review of P. Cristofolini, L’uomo libero. L’eresia spinozista alle radici dell’Europa moderna, La società degli individui, vol. 32, n. 2, 2008, 175-79.
Translations (from French)
  • M. de Beistegui, Proust e la gioia. Per un’estetica della metafora, Pisa: Ets, 2013.
  • P. Steiner, Le ricchezze oscene, Pisa: Ets, 2012.
  • M. de Beistegui, ‘Per un’estetica della metafora’, in P. Godani and D. Ferrari (eds.), La sartoria di Proust. Estetica e costruzione nella Recherche, Pisa: Ets, 2010, 17-46.
  • D. Zabunyan, ‘Michelangelo Antonioni, un nietzscheano accanito’, in P. Godani and D. Cecchi (eds.), Falsi raccordi. Cinema e filosofia in Deleuze, Pisa: Ets, 2008, 113-25.

 

 

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