Dr E Parker

Eleanor Parker, MA, MSt, DPhil (Oxon)
College Lecturer in Italian at St Anne’s College
Co-Coordinator, Oxford Early Career Academic Outreach Network


Dr Parker’s research interests include death and mourning in literature, Giuseppe Ungaretti, late style and old-age creativity, Italian visual culture and critical theory (psychoanalysis). She completed her AHRC-funded doctoral thesis entitled ‘The poetics of loss and mourning in the later poetry of Giuseppe Ungaretti’ in 2009, and is now working on a number of research projects, including one on trauma in Margherita’s Guidacci’s poetry and another on mourning and poetic language in Patrizia Valduga.



Italian language and literature, including modern Italian literature (FHS Papers VIII and XI, especially 20th-century Italian poetry) and Prelims courses on the History of the Sonnet, Giuseppe Ungaretti and Modern Italian Narrative.


Book chapters and articles

‘A Way of Sorrows for the Twentieth Century: Margherita Guidacci’s Via Crucis dell’umanità’, in The Power of Death: Perceptions of Death in the Western World, eds. Maria-José Blanco and Ricarda Vidal (Forthcoming 2013, Berghahn)

‘‘Sto muta sull’orlo della vita’: the ‘dialogue with the dead’ in Patrizia Valduga’s Requiem’, in Borders and Boundaries (Forthcoming, 2013)

‘In my end / is my beginning’: Giuseppe Ungaretti’s last works and old-age creativity’, in As Time Goes By: Portraits of Age eds. Joy Charnley and Caroline Verdier (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013), pp.263-288

‘L’infanzia ho sotterrato/Nel fondo delle notti’: Towards a Definition of Melancholy Subjectivity in Giuseppe Ungaretti’s Il Dolore’, in About Face: Depicting the Self in the Written and Visual Arts, eds. Lindsay Eufusia, Elena Bellina and Paola Ugolini (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009), pp.143-164

‘‘Beyond the Ivory Tower’: the postgraduate perspective on Developing Learning and Teaching’, in Illuminatio (Oxford: The Oxford Learning Institute, University of Oxford, 2009), pp.2-3. Available online at http://www.learning.ox.ac.uk/files/file/Illuminatio_2009.pdf


‘M. Lerro. L’io lirico nella poesia autobiografica’, Annali d’Italianistica (Fall 2011).

‘Ferrara, Emily. The Alchemy of Grief. New York: Bordighera Press, 2007. Pp. 95.’ Forum Italicum, 42, No. 2 (Fall Issue 2008), pp.447-9.

Dr Parker also has a keen interest in outreach and access and in 2012 and 2013 fulfilled the role of Course Director for the Italian strand of the Beginners’ Languages summer school for UNIQ, Oxford’s flagship access scheme for UK Lower Sixth state school students (www.ox.ac.uk/uniq).

With Dr Jamie Castell (English), she coordinates the Oxford Early Career Academic Outreach Network. DPhils, postdocs, JRFs or college lecturers in any subject area interested in widening access to Oxford in particular, and to university in general, should contact her on earlycareeroutreach@admin.ox.ac.uk.

Alongside her academic commitments, she is Student Recruitment Officer for Oxford’s Undergraduate Admissions & Outreach Office, working on undergraduate recruitment projects in the UK and in North America.

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