Domenico Di Rosa

Research title: ‘A Nameless Love’: Queer Relations and Selfhood in Modern and Contemporary Scottish Literature

Research Summary

‘A Nameless Love’: Queer Relations and Selfhood in Modern and Contemporary Scottish Literature

My PhD thesis explores works written by selected Scottish authors between 1922 and 2022 to examine both characterisations and literary forms of queer love, kinship, and selfhood by queer writers of fiction, poetry, and drama. The research examines narrative and stylistic strategies in queer writing that challenge heteronormative literary conventions, bolstering recent critical evaluations of queer Scottish texts. The thesis strengthens public awareness around queer histories in Scottish literature by depicting the historical struggle against legal and social authorities including discriminatory legislation, police brutality, and the Church’s influence on the public.


  • The Edwin Morgan Scholarship for Research in Scottish Literature. £5000, October 2022.
  • Recipient of the Neil Munro Medal in Scottish Literature, 2021
  • Recipient of the Alexander Scott Prize in Scottish Literature, 2021
  • Recipient of the William Graham Prize in Scottish Literature, 2018


  • When It Changed: Women in SF/F Since 1972: To mark the 50th anniversary of Joanna Russ’s landmark short story, ‘When It Changed’, the Science Fiction Foundation, and the Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic and Games and Gaming Lab at the University of Glasgow proposed an online conference on women’s role in reshaping science fiction (3rd-4th December 2022). Paper titled, '‘Naomi Mitchison's Revision of “Pure” Science and Phallic Utopias in Solution Three’.
  • Rewriting Gender in an Age of Transition (1880-1940): An online conference hosted at the University of St Andrews (16th – 18th September 2022). Paper titled, 'Reclaiming Women’s Voices in the Poetry of Violet Jacob and Marion Angus'.

Additional Information

  • Conference Co-Administrator and Panel Chair, 'Going Steady': Gender Research in Turbulent Times, Annual PGRNS Conference, 9 March 2023 at the University of Strathclyde.
  • Conference Administrator - Intern (English Language & Linguistics), December 2022-present.
  • Committee Member, The Postgraduate Gender Research Network of Scotland, March 2022-present.
  • President of the Scottish Literature Society, 2020-2021.