Dr Adele Bardazzi completed a DPhil in Medieval and Modern Languages under the supervision of Prof. Emanuela Tandello. Prior to that she received her BA in English and Italian at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2013 (for which she was awarded the Harrison Prize).
Her research focuses on mourning and loss in modern and contemporary lyric poetry. In her doctoral thesis she focused on the poetry of Eugenio Montale (Genoa, 1896 – Milan, 1981). More specifically, she looked at the notion of ‘ombra’ [shadow] as the key element through which a greater degree of insight into Montale’s eschatological vision can be achieved. Montale’s ‘shadow’ emerges as a paradoxical presence-in-absence, and as a constitutive element of his poetry, in so far as it conceives the existence of a continuity between life and death.
She is co-founder and co-convener of the Research Network Gender and Authority, jointly funded by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and the Balliol Interdisciplinary Institute. By bringing together academics from disciplines across the Humanities and Social Sciences, this interdisciplinary project aims to explore and question received notions of social and cultural authority, specifically as they intersect with issues of gender. More information on the Gender and Authority Network can be found here.