Luca Mazzocchi

My doctorate project focuses on the Italian writer Carlo Emilio Gadda (1893-1973) and his 1944 collection of prose sketches L’Adalgisa — Disegni milanesi, with special regard to the autographs of the book. The project is fully funded by the Wolfson Post-Graduate Scholarship in the Humanities. If you wish to know a bit more about L’Adalgisa from a philological perspective, you may find here a quick video presentation (in Italian) that I have made for the YouTube channel Filologia d’autore.

My area of interest also includes the recurrence of a lunar imagery in 20th-century Italian literature, with particular reference to Italo Calvino and the relationship between literature and science.

From the academic year 2019-20 onward, I have been conducting a part of my research in Milan, looking at Gadda’s authographs at the Trivulziana Library. For the current academic year 2020-21, I have been granted the status of Visiting Scholar by Milan University. While in Milan, I also took an annual course in film screenwriting and film history at the Scuola Civica di Cinema ‘Luchino Visconti’.

Before coming to Oxford, I studied at the University of Pavia, where I was member of the Almo Collegio Borromeo and of the Institute for Advanced Studies of Pavia IUSS.


Visiting Scholar — Università degli Studi di Milano

MSt — University of Oxford | The Queen’s College

BA, MA — Università degli Studi di Pavia | Almo Collegio Borromeo



- Literature, Prelims Paper IV: Primo Levi (MT 2020).



- ‘Per Quattro figlie ebbe e ciascuna regina dell’Adalgisa. Genesi e primo abbozzo inedito’, Strumenti critici, 1/2019, pp. 107-126, doi: 10.1419/92761. 


Conference papers

- ‘Occhi al cielo’. Note per un “lunario calviniano” ’ (in the panel titled ‘Italo Calvino e il dialogo tra letteratura e scienze)’, XXIII Congresso ADI - Associazione degli Italianisti, Pisa, University of Pisa (12-14 September 2019).

- ‘Per Quattro figlie ebbe e ciascuna regina. Ricognizioni genetiche e note critiche su un “disegno milanese” ’ (in the panel titled ‘Satire, satura, revelation. Perspectives on Carlo Emilio Gadda’), 2019 Society for Italian Studies Biennal Conference, Edinburgh, University of Edinburgh (26-28 June 2019).


Conference organisation

- ‘Bodies & Embodiment’ — 2019 Oxford Medieval & Modern Languages Graduate Network Conference, featuring a key-note talk by Professor Santiago Fouz Hernández, Oxford, University of Oxford (24 June 2019).


Other activities

- 2019-20, Sub-Faculty of Italian Research Seminar Committee of Oxford, Secretary.

- 2018-19, Sub-Faculty of Italian Research Seminar Committee of Oxford, Coordinator for the Modern Area.

- 2018-19, Oxford Medieval & Modern Languages Graduate Network, Academic Events Officer. 

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