Areas

Germanic Philology
GERMANIC PHILOLOGY
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The research group on Germanic philology focuses both on research and didactic activities dedicated to medieval Germanic cultures and literatures (in particular medieval German, Scandinavian, and English languages and literatures). Contents are presented through an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective, by means of text-critical methodologies, historical linguistics, rhetorical and stylistic studies. The main fields of research of the group are the following: Vernacular literatures in the Germanic Middle Ages, Paleography, Codicology and Book History from countries with a Germanic linguistic and literary tradition; Textual criticism within medieval manuscript traditions; Digital scholarly editing; Intertextuality and connections between Germanic traditions and Latin, Romance and other vernacular traditions; Text-image correlation in medieval codicology.  


Slavic philology
SLAVONIC PHILOLOGY
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French and francophone literature
FRENCH LITERATURE
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The French and francophone literature group is involved in studies on culture and literature in the French langauge from the middle ages to modern times. Authors from France and the various French-speaking countries in Europe and on other continents are also of study interest. The group’s main research areas are: French Renaissance literature (see www.cinquecentofrancese.it); French Renaissance theatre (with the creation of the French Renaissance theatre corpus); relations between Italy and France during the Renaissance; female writing; French literature of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries with particular focus on novels, theatre in the revolutionary era, AIDS literature, literature of the diaspora and Jewish literature. Studies of original texts are carried out using philological, linguistic and critical literary research methodologies, with particular regard to critical understanding, seeking a deeper comprehension of linguistic and rhetorical aspects and their thematic, figurative, rhetorical and interdisciplinary dimensions.


English literature
ENGLISH LITERATURE
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The area of English literature deals with research and teaching activities in the fields of English and Anglophone cultures and literatures, with a focus both on Great Britain and the other English-speaking countries, as well as on post-colonial diaspora, from the Middle-Ages to the contemporary period. The main research topics studied by the English-literature area are: Law and Literature, Diaspora Studies, Ecocriticism, Aesthetics and Literature, Fashion Studies, Film Studies, Gender studies, Scottish literature, Colonial and Post-colonial literature and theory, Literature and Science, Performance Studies, Visual Rhetoric, History of Theatre, Historiography and Literature, Memory Studies, Trauma Studies, Human rights. Such studies are carried out through different theoretical approaches and critical methodologies (philology, stylistics, textual analysis, historico-cultural, interdisciplinary, etc.), with a particular focus on critical approaches that analyse texts and their thematic, figurative, rhetorical and interdisciplinary aspects.  


Russian and slavic literature and comparative literature
SLAVONIC LITERATURE
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The area of Slavic Studies is primarily concerned with (a) modern and contemporary Russian literature, with special attention to Romanticism and Realism, (b) prose of the 1920s and 1930s, (c) concentrationary literature, and (d) post-Soviet Russian literature. Further research directions include other Slavic literatures (especially Ukrainian literature) and the history of Slavic Studies in Italy. Methodology: philological-textual, critical-historical and linguistic approaches, aiming to develop a critical understanding of texts; comparative and cultural approaches; critical categories pertaining to post-Soviet, post-colonial and psycho-literary studies (e.g. trauma studies and memory studies).


Iberian and Hispanic-American literature
SPANISH LITERATURE
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The Iberian and Hispanic-American literature group is involved in the research and teaching of culture and literature in the Spanish language from the middle ages to modern times. Authors from the Iberian Peninsula and Spanish-speaking areas in Europe, the Americas and other continents are also studied. The group’s main research areas are: contemporary Spanish theatre, Sephardic literature and culture, Iberian cultural studies, theater of the Golden Age, Spanish chivalric romance, treatments of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, medieval poetry and the Spanish Renaissance, translations and vulgarisations in Hispanic varieties, literary journalism in the Romantic era, Catalan literature and culture, contemporary Hispanic-American poetry, colonial and postcolonial literature, civil war literature and exile literature. Studies of original texts are carried out using philological, linguistic, cultural and historical, critical literary and digital humanities research methodologies, with particular regard to critical understanding, seeking a deeper comprehension of linguistic and rhetorical aspects, the translation process, thematic, figurative, formal and historiographic dimensions of anthropological and socio-political references, and multilingual and transcultural dimensions, often from an interdisciplinary perspective.


German and Austrian literature
GERMANIC LITERATURE
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The German literature group carries out international research on authors and themes concerning German-language culture and literature from the 18th century to modern times. There is a strong research focus on literature from Austria and Central Europe, for which the department is involved in various international collaborations, such as the critical edition of Ingeborg Bachmann's work in collaboration with the Salzburg Literary Archive and the edition of Stefan Zweig's work at the Stefan Zweig Centre. Other areas of research include romanticism, the historical, critical edition of Christoph Martin Wieland's works, and Nietzsche's work (in cooperation with the Research Centre for Text Studies, University of Stuttgart). These areas are explored from different methodological perspectives, especially culturological, hermeneutical, historical, philosophical, intermediate and interdisciplinary studies. The group is active in research on empirical aesthetics, particularly in the study of literary reading processes (E-Read Network).


French language and linguistics
FRENCH LANGUAGE
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This research area focusses on the metalinguistic analysis of the French language both synchronically and diachronically, with reference to its phonetics, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics and translational aspects. The fields of study favoured by the Department are: lexicology and lexical semantics, monolingual and bilingual lexicography, vocabulary teaching, neology and terminology. These research topics are developed from different methodological perspectives, with special reference to Corpus linguistics, automatic terms extraction, Explicative and Combinatorial lexicology, teaching approaches, textual pragmatics and with the support of informatics tools for lexicology, lexicography and neology.


English language and linguistics
ENGLISH LANGUAGE
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This research area focusses on the metalinguistic analysis of the English language both synchronically and diachronically, with reference to its morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics and translational aspects. The fields of study favoured by the Department are: Media discourse, political discourse, World Englishes, English as a Lingua Franca, English as a foreign language, lexicography and lexicology of English for Specific/Specialised Purposes. These research topics are developed from different methodological perspectives, with special reference to Corpus linguistics, Teaching approaches, Cognitive linguistics, and Multimodal-multisemiotic approaches.


Russian language and linguistics
RUSSIAN LANGUAGE
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Spanish language and linguistics
SPANISH LANGUAGE
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The Spanish language and linguistics group deals with metalinguistic analyses of the Spanish language in its diatopic, diastratic/diamesic, synchronic/diachronic, phonetic, phonological, morphological, syntactical, lexical, textual and pragmatic varieties at different levels and registers of oral and written communication. It is also involved in studies on translation in its multiple forms. The group’s research areas centre around: semantic, lexical and phraseological elements; the history of the language; technical and scientific texts (16th-19th centuries); the history of translation and the study of translations into and out of Spanish; linguistic aspects related to migration; tourism communication; the phonetic and phonological aspects of Spanish varieties and phonic interference in the acquisition of Spanish as a foreign language. These areas are examined from different perspectives, especially through lexicology and lexicography tools, cognitive linguistics, translation studies, speech analysis, phonetics and phonology.


German language and linguistics
GERMANIC LANGUAGE
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The German language and linguistics group focuses mainly on the linguistic description of contemporary standard German and some of its varieties (both dialectal and minority) spoken in northern Italy. Linguistic research is centred on all levels of analysis, phonology, morphology, syntax and vocabulary, its general purpose being a theory of linguistic contact in the area of investigation (especially Germanic novels) as well as the search for common linguistic phenomena in European languages from a semantic and typological perspective. The theoretical approaches used in the various levels of investigation range from theoretical linguistics, especially generative grammar and the grammar of predicates, to pragmatic communication, argumentation theory, second language studies and translation studies. Different methodologies are employed to deal with such research, including data collection through questionnaires to speakers, the construction of databases with the information collected, the elaboration of formal theoretical frameworks of linguistic contact, and word classification


Anglo-American languages and literatures
AMERICAN LANGUAGE AMERICAN LITERATURE
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The area of American Literature and Language operates at an international level researching authors and themes in American literature, culture, and language. It covers 19th and 20th century. Research is mainly dedicated to a) 19th century short story, with special emphasis on the works of Herman Melville and Edgar Allan Poe b) 19th century literary rhetorics and the debate on slavery with its political implications and as a basis for minorities issues c) English as hegemonic language in U.S. and its relation to minorities and their languages, with related consequences for cultural and social frames of references. American English is part of our investigations in that the area analyzes from a lexicographic point of view literary and cultural aspects of American English and slang, applying them to the field of translation in literature and film.


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