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Francesca Saggini

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Università della Tuscia

Francesca Saggini is Professor in English Literature at the Università della Tuscia, Italy. Since 2017 she has been Senior Research Associate, Lucy Cavendish College (University of Cambridge). Francesca is the author of, among others, The Gothic Novel and the Stage. Romantic Appropriations (2015, Honourable Mention at the 2016 ESSE Book Awards) and Backstage in the Novel: Frances Burney and the Theater Arts (2012, Walken Cowen Memorial Prize for an outstanding work in eighteenth-century studies

Biography

Dr Francesca Saggini is Professor in English Literature at the Università degli Studi della Tuscia (Viterbo), Italy. Since 2017 she has been Senior Research Associate, Lucy Cavendish College (University of Cambridge). Francesca is the author of, among others, The Gothic Novel and the Stage. Romantic Appropriations (2015, Honourable Mention at the 2016 ESSE Book Awards) and Backstage in the Novel: Frances Burney and the Theater Arts (2012, Walken Cowen Memorial Prize for an outstanding work in eighteenth-century studies). Francesca will undertake a two-year Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh from January 2021 (Opening Romanticism: Reimagining Romantic Drama for New Audiences, OpeRaNew). She is the author of five books and she has edited 10 collections and special journal issues. Among the over 80 essays and chapters she has authored, many engage with popular fiction and genre literature, including the Fantastic and the Gothic modes.

https://unitusdistu.academia.edu/FrancescaSaggini
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Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Theatre
    Literature
    Comparative Literature
    Women's Writing
    Gender
    Canon
    Popular Culture
    Adaptation
    Transmediation
    Translation

Personal Interests

    Photography
    Portraiture
    TV and cinema

Websites

Books

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News

‘From St Martin’s Street to “Camilla Cottage.” Frances Burney’s Houses between Fact and Fantasy.’

By: Francesca Saggini
Subjects: Art & Visual Culture, Literature

Presentation on Frances Burney, biography and autobiography through the lens of House Studies.

March 20, 2021
Cheryll Duncan: ‘Much want of judgment’: new evidence concerning the singer Jane Barbier.
Maria Clara Pivate Biajoli: Understanding Current Readers’ Reception of Jane Austen through Fan Fiction.
Francesca Saggini: ‘From St Martin’s Street to “Camilla Cottage.” Frances Burney’s Houses between Fact and Fantasy.’

Courtesy of the Women Studies' Group. Foubling Museum via zoom on 20 March 2021.

Conference on soundscapes

By: Francesca Saggini
Subjects: Education, Literature, Media Communication, Media, Journalism and Communications

I have entered into a conversation on literary soundscapes and the importance of reading aloud in the classroom

Radio interview at "Il posto delle parole"

By: Francesca Saggini
Subjects: Literature, Media and Cultural Studies, Media, Journalism and Communications, Memory, Psychology

Radio interview

CUP chapter out now

By: Francesca Saggini
Subjects: Literature

  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: July 2020

2.14 - The Gothic in Nineteenth-Century Italy

 
 

Summary

Was there an indigenous Gothic in nineteenth-century Italy, a local reworking of English (and perhaps Continental) forms and models’? This chapter addresses this much-debated issue by making a case for the clear presence of Gothic motifs and structures in several Italian novels, from Alessandro Manzoni’s I promessi sposi (1827) (particularly in its earliest version, Fermo e Lucia, c. 1821–3) to Carlo Lorenzini’s Le avventure di Pinocchio (1883). The chapter discusses the contribution of the so-called ‘Scapigliati’ authors to the Italian Gothic and offers a survey of later writers from the verista and naturalista literary schools. Later in the century, Italian realist writers seem to veer into the realm of the supernatural. The chapter thus closes with looking at the anti-rationalist discourses that flourished at the close of the century, and at such hermeneutical modalities as spiritualism, mesmerism and occultism that became increasingly fashionable in the popular press. Vampire literature and the Italian legacy of German and English Gothic are also addressed, with references to, among others, Francesco Domenico Guerrazzi and the national novelists of the first half of the century.

New book out IL FANTASMA IN SALOTTO

By: Francesca Saggini
Subjects: Literature

I have published a new book, IL FANTASMA IN SALOTTO

New Book out SOLE NERO

By: Francesca Saggini
Subjects: Literature

I have published a new book, Sole nero.

CORDIS OpeRaNew

By: Francesca Saggini
Subjects: Literature, Media and Cultural Studies, Media, Journalism and Communications

A new framework to analyse and disseminate Frances Burney’s plays.

 

OpeRaNew
Grant agreement ID: 892230

 

Programme(s)

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-IF-2019

MSCA IF 2019 - Grant

By: Francesca Saggini
Subjects: Literature, Media and Cultural Studies, Media, Journalism and Communications

A new framework to analyse and disseminate Frances Burney’s plays

OpeRaNew
Grant agreement ID: 892230
 

Award - Visiting Research Fellowship at IASH

By: Francesca Saggini
Subjects: Literature

Professor Francesca Saggini (Università degli Studi della Tuscia, Italy)

Visiting Research Fellow

February - June 2019

Project: Frances Burney and the Muses

My research project explores the connection between Burney and the “muses,” understood in a broad sense as a metaphor for the arts and for the feminine creative process. The project takes its cue from the proud assertion of her own versatility that – no accident – Burney placed in the dedication to her father at the start of The Wanderer, a novel that has perhaps not yet received its critical due. In this crucial metacritical self-assessment, Burney, now in her sixties and a renowned novelist as well as wife and mother, recalls the famous “bonfire of the vanities” with which as a 15-year-old she had purged her nascent authorial ambitions. Among the manuscript juvenilia consigned to the flames, Burney lists “Elegies, Odes, Plays, Songs, Stories, Farces – nay, Tragedies and Epic Poems”. This is, of course, an a posteriori reconstruction, and as such all the more significant from a metadiscursive standpoint, if not from a purely biographical one: it shows Burney’s literary production to have been diverse from the start, evidencing (or perhaps imaginatively re-creating, by way of taking stock of her long career) the broad range of Burney’s earliest literary experiments as well as her interest in various art forms and genres.

The project “Frances Burney and the Muses” investigates the semes of Burney’s complex relationship with female learning, creative expression and the interart and intermedia dialogue present throughout her oeuvre. Several aspects of Burney’s artistic and interart dialogue will be addressed, particularly those relating to female agency and creativity in the arts, on the one hand, and, on the other, the fluid use that the author makes of ornamental, uncodified, often ephemeral forms of artistic expression which are usually relegated to the private sphere of the feminine and associated with female accomplishments at the margins of (gentlemanly) professionalism. Finally, and importantly, the project’s explicit epitextual reference to the “muses” addresses the unresolved and deliberately ambiguous epochal tension between the subject and the object of representation (active participant vs source of inspiration), which is closely related to contemporary discourse about artistic vocation, theorizations about gender, and consequently the place of women in the public sphere between the Enlightenment and Romantic cultural moments.

The European Society for the Study of English Book Awards 2017

By: Francesca Saggini
Subjects: Literature

The European Society for the Study of English Book Awards Panel, Literatures in the English Language, Category A (2017) http://essenglish.org/book-awards-2016/ : “Saggini has carried out extensive research and has detected an impressive number of sources that record stage appropriations of Gothic novels. [. . .] Saggini writes lucidly in a style that will appeal to readers also outside academia, and the book contains brilliant illustrations as well as clear overviews in table form. In sum, this is a significant work of admirable scholarship, thoroughly researched and admirably documented, offering valuable insights into the eighteenth-century culture.”