Our research

Research interests

  • Postwar Italian cinema (in particular screen representations of prostitution) from the perspective of gender, audience studies and postfeminist theory
  • Italian linguistics (in particular multilingualism and language contact in immigrant communities, and code-switching)
  • Italian literature (in particular modern and contemporary fiction; women’s writing; literature, law and medicine; transmedianarratology; crime and science fiction; Galileo, Manzoni and the manzonian tradition, Moravia, Deledda, Drigo, Ferrante) 

Research centres

Our staff in Italian are involved in the following centre which is hosted by Modern Languages.

Research projects

Members of our staff are involved in the following research projects:


  • Investigating Italian cinema audiences of the 1940s and 1950s
    (joint project involving researchers from the universities of Exeter, Bristol and Oxford Brookes)


  • Alberto Moravia's Fiction: A Difficult Reception 
  • Behind Closed Shutters: Unlocking gender through the figure of the prostitute in post-war Italian cinema
  • Emerging Multilingualism in Italy 
  • Language Contact in Immigrant Communities: The case of Igbo-Nigerians in Italy
  • Multilingualism in UK secondary schools
  • Narratives of Child Sexual Abuse in Italy (1902-2018)

Research degrees

We attach particular importance to the quality of research supervision and training in research methodology and to the integration of our postgraduates into the Department’s academic and research community. Find out more about an MPhil/PhD in Italian Studies at Exeter.