Dr Penny Morris
- Senior Lecturer in Italian (Italian)
My research interests lie in the social and cultural history of modern Italy, with a particular emphasis on the history and writing of women, the intersection between the public and the private, and the role of emotions in history.
I have published a monograph and various articles on the writer and resistance activist Giovanna Zangrandi [link http://giovannazangrandi.com] (Giovanna Zangrandi: Una vita in romanzo, Cierre, 2000) and I have edited an interdisciplinary study of women in postwar Italy, Women in Italy 1945-1960, Palgrave, 2006. I also work on the writer Alba de Céspedes. In recent years, I have turned my attention to emotions and history and, in a collaborative project with Francesco Ricatti and Mark Seymour, co-organised the Annual Conference of the Association for the study of Modern Italy on the theme of 'Italy and the Emotions: Perspectives from the 18th century to the Present' (IGRS, London, 26-27 November 2009) and co-edited two volumes: Italy and the Emotions, Special issue of Modern Italy 17 (2), 2012 and Politica ed emozioni nella storia d’Italia dal 1848 ad oggi , Viella, 2012. I am particularly interested in the way that the print media have addressed emotions and questions of the personal and private and along with a chapter in our edited volume on emotions in the political newspaper Lotta continua, I have also recently written on the reception of the Kinsey reports in the 1950s and on feminism and affect in 1970s Italy.
My interest in the social and cultural history of women in Italy continues with the AHRC funded network ‘La Mamma: Interrogation of a National Stereotype’ (http://lamammaitaliana.wordpress.com/)
Other current projects include a critical anthology of Alba de Céspedes’ letters column in the 1950s (due to appear 2015, Viella) and a book-length investigation into the role of advice columns and emotions in Italy.
PI for AHRC Network Grant: La Mamma: Interrogating a National Stereotype.
2013: Carnegie Resesarch Grant
2010: Carnegie Resesarch Grant
2005: AHRC Research Leave Scheme
2005: British Academy Small Research Grant
2001: British Academy Conference grant
I welcome PhD and masters by research applications on any aspect of twentieth-century and contemporary Italian history, culture or society. I have particular interests in: women’s history and writing; the relationship between public and private; Italy and the emotions.
Current PhD students:
- Emily Ryder 'Victims' memories of 1970s Italian terrorism'
- Guglielmo Perfetti '‘Popular Youth Culture in 1970s Naples'
- Magdalena Kampert 'Self Translation in Italian and Polish Writers' (co-supervised)
- Fiona Stewart ‘L’impegno del dopo in Nuto Revelli’s writing’ (2008)
- Sandrine Tonini ‘Gendered Journeys towards (Re)commitment in Les Mandarins and Il rimorso as Evidence of Simone de Beauvoir's Influence on Alba de Céspedes' writing (2010)
- Francesca Aniballi ‘Towards an Anthropology of Literature: the Magic of Hybrid Fiction (co-supervised, 2013)
- Consuelo Tersol ‘Joyce Lussu: Memory, Autobiography and Rewriting’ (co-supervised)
SMLC Core Lectures: Level 2 Gender and Performance
Language (all levels)
Level 1: the novel (Calvino)
Level 2: 20th-Century Italian history; Gender and Performance (in literature and cinema)
Honours Options: Women in Modern Italy; The Italian Resistance to Fascism
Comparative Literature: Contribution to Level 1 and to Honours Holocaust Option (Primo Levi and Roberto Benigni)
Contributions to Courses on Literary Translation (MSc Translation Studies) and Gender and Text (MLitt Gender History)
- From January 2015 Co-editor with Mark Seymour (University of Otago) of Modern Italy
- School of Modern Languages and Cultures Postgraduate Convenor
- Member of Centre for Gender History
- Member of External Expert Group, International Doctorate La Sapienza University, Rome