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 ninetieth-century French literature, culture and philosophy, and comparative approaches with modern Italian Studies; Cultural exchanges in modern Europe; History of ideas.

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

 

 

Select 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, 2019 (forthcoming).
  • The 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, 2019 (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
  • ‘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 (forthcoming).

  • ‘Elogio dell’inopersosità. Agamben e Leopardi’, Italian Studies, vol. 72, Issue 3, 2017, 282- 91.
  • ‘Immagini della natura nello Zibaldone’, in “Il laberinto della natura”. La questione della filosofia in Giacomo Leopardi, edited by R. Bruni and A. Camiciottoli, special issue of La Rassegna della letteratura italiana, n. 2, 2013 (July-Dec.), 427-41.
  • Disfare e rimutare di continuo le cose di quaggiù: appunti su moda, morte e civiltà in Leopardi’, Leussein. Rivista di studi umanistici, no. 2-3, 2012 (May-Dec), 127-36.
  • ‘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 The Archaeology of the Unconscious, Italian perspectives, edited by A. Aloisi and F. Camilletti, London/New York: Routledge, 2019 (forthcoming).
  • ‘La Filosofia’, in Giacomo Leopardi, edited by F. D’Intino and M. Natale, Roma: Carocci, 2018, 101-23.
  • ‘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.
  • ‘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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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