Dr Elisa Segnini

  • Lecturer (Italian)

Research interests

  • Modern and contemporary Italian Literature as World Literature
  • Literary multilingualism
  • Translation
  • Fin-de-siècle literature and thought
  • Decadence as a global, transnational movement
  • European modernism, in particular the relationship between literature, theatre and visual arts

My research engages with current debate in Comparative Literature, with a dual focus on fin-de-siècle culture and contemporary fiction. My first monograph, Fragments, Genius and Madness: Masks and Mask-Making in the Modernist Imagination (Legenda 2021)  explores tales that revolve around masks and mask-making in relation to nineteenth-century thought, offering innovative readings of fictional and dramatic works by Max Beerbohm, Gabriele D’Annunzio, Jean Lorrain, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Andrey Bely, next to artifacts such as the plaster cast of the Inconnue de la Seine, the waxes of criminals held in Cesare Lombroso’s museum, Rodin’s ‘horror masks’ modelled after a Japanese dancer. By uncovering the role of masks as key tropes in fin-de-siècle culture, it also demonstrates to what extent the medical, anthropological and aesthetic spheres overlapped, offering insights that contribute to debates about gender and ethnicity in decadence and modernist studies. http://www.mhra.org.uk/publications/sicl-56

Together with Michael Subialka (UC Davis), I am in the process of editing a book titled D’Annunzio and World Literature: Multilingualism, Translation, Reception (Edinburgh University Press). A leading poet, novelist, playwright, translator, journalist, Gabriele D’Annunzio was a pivotal figure in late nineteenth-century culture and enjoyed large crowds of followers. Larger than life, he can be considered the equivalent of a contemporary influencer. This book brings together renowned scholars from different continents to explore on the one hand D’Annunzio’s engagement with foreign literature and his experiments with self-translation and translingual writing, and on the other the dialogues with his translators and the global reception of his work, from Europe to Argentina to Egypt to Japan. https://www.hastac.org/groups/dannunzio-world-literature

In the past few years, I’ve also published a series of articles on translation and multilingualism on 20th century and contemporary fiction. Research undertaken for these articles forms the core of my next monograph, titled Local Flavour, Global Audiences: Worlding Multilingual Fiction. Building on Rebecca Walkowitz’s paradigm of the ‘born translated novel’ and on studies of literary multilingualism, this book is the first to examine Italian multilingual fiction in terms of consumption and reception. The book is divided into six chapters developed around case studies that examine the relationship between the functions of multilingualism in original texts, the extent, if any, of the authors’ ambitions to speak to wider audiences, and the portability of these novels across time and history. Authors considered include Gabriele D’Annunzio, Alba De Céspedes, Luigi Meneghello, Laura Pariani, Elena Ferrante.

I am one of the editors of the general editors of Comparative Critical Studies, a journal dedicated to the theory and practice of the study of comparative literature: https://www.euppublishing.com/loi/ccs

Publications

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Number of items: 22.

2021

Segnini, E. (2021) Fragments, Genius and Madness: Masks and Mask-Making in the fin-de-siècle Imagination. Series: Studies in Comparative Literature (56). Legenda. ISBN 9781781888544

Segnini, E. and Subialka, M. (Eds.) (2021) D'Annunzio and World Literature: Multilingualism, Translation, Reception. Edinburgh University Press. (Accepted for Publication)

Segnini, E. (2021) From Scampia to Rione Luzzatti: marginality and its language in the age of convergence. Comparative Critical Studies, 18(1), pp. 27-51. (doi: 10.3366/ccs.2021.0385)

2018

Segnini, E. (2018) Andrea Camilleri’s Montalbano and Elena Ferrante’s L’amica geniale: the afterlife of two ‘glocal’ series. Translator, (doi: 10.1080/13556509.2018.1502607) (Early Online Publication)

Segnini, E. (2018) Elisa Segnini speaks to Frederika Randall: tilting at the leaning tower, or translating irony in two writers from Northeast Italy. Translator, (doi: 10.1080/13556509.2018.1500132) (Early Online Publication)

2017

Segnini, E. (2017) Global masterpieces and Italian dialects: Eduardo de Filippo and Luigi Meneghello's rewritings of Shakespeare. Journal of World Literature, 2(2), pp. 236-254. (doi: 10.1163/24056480-00202007)

Segnini, E. (2017) Local flavour vs global audiences: Elena Ferrante and translatability. Italianist, 37(1), pp. 100-118. (doi: 10.1080/02614340.2016.1273649)

2016

Segnini, E. (2016) Special issue on Orientalism within Europe: Differences, Minorities, Divisions [Guest Editor]. Journal of European Studies, 46(3-4),

Segnini, E. (2016) Translating Sicily for the German and French stage: Modern Europe, its periphery and the archaic in the first versions of Pirandello's "Questa sera si recita a soggetto". Forum Italicum, 50(1), pp. 5-37. (doi: 10.1177/0014585816636341)

Segnini, E. (2016) A Case of Study on Translations and Reception of Pirandello’s Theatrical Works. [Website]

Segnini, E. (2016) Encounters and blind spots: Pirandello, Evreinov and Brecht. PSA: Journal of the Pirandello Society of America, 28, pp. 11-36. (doi: 10.14288/1.0306857)

Segnini, E. (2016) Sicilian honour and theatricality in Agrigento: a workshop on Questa sera si recita a soggetto. Pirandello Studies, 36, pp. 163-166.

2015

Segnini, E. (2015) L'aldilà, il fantastico e l'allegoria nelle opere narrative e pittoriche di Dino Buzzati. In: Bancheri, S. and Guardiani, F. (eds.) Letteratura Italiana e Religione: Atti del Convegno Internazionale (Toronto, 11-13 Ottobre 2012). Cesati, pp. 293-308. ISBN 9788876675515

Segnini, E. (2015) Review of Meneghello: Fiction, Scholarship, Passione Civile, By Daniela La Penna. Annali d’Italianistica, 33, pp. 512-513. [Book Review]

2014

Segnini, E. (2014) "Continental Air": performing identity in "Leonora, Addio", "L' Aria del Continente" and "Questa Sera si Recita a Soggetto". PSA: Journal of the Pirandello Society of America, 27, pp. 13-43. (doi: 10.14288/1.0306439)

Segnini, E. and Frigerio, V. (2014) Fantastic Narratives and the Natural World [Guest Editors]. Belphégor, 12(1),

Segnini, E. and Jones, E. (2014) "I was back in a dark wood": Don Paterson's "The Forest of the Suicides". Connotations: A Journal for Critical Debate, 24(1), pp. 143-168.

2013

Segnini, E. (2013) Catherine Brown, The Art of Comparison: How Novels and Critics Compare (Oxford: Legenda, 2011 – Legenda Series Studies in Comparative Literature, 23). 210 pp., ISBN 9781906540814, £45. Comparative Critical Studies, 10(3), pp. 403-406. (doi: 10.3366/ccs.2013.0103)[Book Review]

Segnini, E. (2013) Reading Hoffmann: mythmaking and tropes of uncanniness in Jean Lorrain's Monsieur de Phocas. Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, 24(1), pp. 61-82.

Segnini, E. (2013) A silent language: reflections on "pure" and "uncorrupted" pantomime. In: Boldt, L., Federici, C. and Virgulti, E. (eds.) Silence and the Silenced: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Series: Studies on themes and motifs in literature (119). Peter Lang: New York, pp. 185-199. ISBN 9781433123436

2012

Segnini, E. (2012) Between life and death: on the art of mask-making. Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, 39(1), pp. 64-79.

2009

Segnini, E. (2009) Between ritual and theatre in Švankmajer’s Faust. In: Ambros, V., Le Huenen, R., D'Souza, A. and Pérez-Simón, A. (eds.) Structuralism(s) Today: Paris, Prague, Tartu. Series: Literary criticism series (16). Legas: Ottawa, pp. 153-164. ISBN 9781897493069

This list was generated on Fri Sep 24 15:55:45 2021 BST.
Number of items: 22.

Articles

Segnini, E. (2021) From Scampia to Rione Luzzatti: marginality and its language in the age of convergence. Comparative Critical Studies, 18(1), pp. 27-51. (doi: 10.3366/ccs.2021.0385)

Segnini, E. (2018) Andrea Camilleri’s Montalbano and Elena Ferrante’s L’amica geniale: the afterlife of two ‘glocal’ series. Translator, (doi: 10.1080/13556509.2018.1502607) (Early Online Publication)

Segnini, E. (2018) Elisa Segnini speaks to Frederika Randall: tilting at the leaning tower, or translating irony in two writers from Northeast Italy. Translator, (doi: 10.1080/13556509.2018.1500132) (Early Online Publication)

Segnini, E. (2017) Global masterpieces and Italian dialects: Eduardo de Filippo and Luigi Meneghello's rewritings of Shakespeare. Journal of World Literature, 2(2), pp. 236-254. (doi: 10.1163/24056480-00202007)

Segnini, E. (2017) Local flavour vs global audiences: Elena Ferrante and translatability. Italianist, 37(1), pp. 100-118. (doi: 10.1080/02614340.2016.1273649)

Segnini, E. (2016) Special issue on Orientalism within Europe: Differences, Minorities, Divisions [Guest Editor]. Journal of European Studies, 46(3-4),

Segnini, E. (2016) Translating Sicily for the German and French stage: Modern Europe, its periphery and the archaic in the first versions of Pirandello's "Questa sera si recita a soggetto". Forum Italicum, 50(1), pp. 5-37. (doi: 10.1177/0014585816636341)

Segnini, E. (2016) Encounters and blind spots: Pirandello, Evreinov and Brecht. PSA: Journal of the Pirandello Society of America, 28, pp. 11-36. (doi: 10.14288/1.0306857)

Segnini, E. (2016) Sicilian honour and theatricality in Agrigento: a workshop on Questa sera si recita a soggetto. Pirandello Studies, 36, pp. 163-166.

Segnini, E. (2014) "Continental Air": performing identity in "Leonora, Addio", "L' Aria del Continente" and "Questa Sera si Recita a Soggetto". PSA: Journal of the Pirandello Society of America, 27, pp. 13-43. (doi: 10.14288/1.0306439)

Segnini, E. and Frigerio, V. (2014) Fantastic Narratives and the Natural World [Guest Editors]. Belphégor, 12(1),

Segnini, E. and Jones, E. (2014) "I was back in a dark wood": Don Paterson's "The Forest of the Suicides". Connotations: A Journal for Critical Debate, 24(1), pp. 143-168.

Segnini, E. (2013) Reading Hoffmann: mythmaking and tropes of uncanniness in Jean Lorrain's Monsieur de Phocas. Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, 24(1), pp. 61-82.

Segnini, E. (2012) Between life and death: on the art of mask-making. Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, 39(1), pp. 64-79.

Books

Segnini, E. (2021) Fragments, Genius and Madness: Masks and Mask-Making in the fin-de-siècle Imagination. Series: Studies in Comparative Literature (56). Legenda. ISBN 9781781888544

Book Sections

Segnini, E. (2015) L'aldilà, il fantastico e l'allegoria nelle opere narrative e pittoriche di Dino Buzzati. In: Bancheri, S. and Guardiani, F. (eds.) Letteratura Italiana e Religione: Atti del Convegno Internazionale (Toronto, 11-13 Ottobre 2012). Cesati, pp. 293-308. ISBN 9788876675515

Segnini, E. (2013) A silent language: reflections on "pure" and "uncorrupted" pantomime. In: Boldt, L., Federici, C. and Virgulti, E. (eds.) Silence and the Silenced: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Series: Studies on themes and motifs in literature (119). Peter Lang: New York, pp. 185-199. ISBN 9781433123436

Segnini, E. (2009) Between ritual and theatre in Švankmajer’s Faust. In: Ambros, V., Le Huenen, R., D'Souza, A. and Pérez-Simón, A. (eds.) Structuralism(s) Today: Paris, Prague, Tartu. Series: Literary criticism series (16). Legas: Ottawa, pp. 153-164. ISBN 9781897493069

Book Reviews

Segnini, E. (2015) Review of Meneghello: Fiction, Scholarship, Passione Civile, By Daniela La Penna. Annali d’Italianistica, 33, pp. 512-513. [Book Review]

Segnini, E. (2013) Catherine Brown, The Art of Comparison: How Novels and Critics Compare (Oxford: Legenda, 2011 – Legenda Series Studies in Comparative Literature, 23). 210 pp., ISBN 9781906540814, £45. Comparative Critical Studies, 10(3), pp. 403-406. (doi: 10.3366/ccs.2013.0103)[Book Review]

Edited Books

Segnini, E. and Subialka, M. (Eds.) (2021) D'Annunzio and World Literature: Multilingualism, Translation, Reception. Edinburgh University Press. (Accepted for Publication)

Website

Segnini, E. (2016) A Case of Study on Translations and Reception of Pirandello’s Theatrical Works. [Website]

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Grants

2016  Connection Grant, Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

2014  Insight Development Grant, Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

2012  Aid to Research Workshops and Conferences, Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council 

2009  George C. Metcalf Research Grant, Victoria College, University of Toronto

Teaching

  • Italian literature (19th to 21st century)
  • Italian cinema and theatre
  • Comparative literature