Valeria Taddei is a DPhil candidate in Medieval and Modern Languages. Her main research interests are in prose narrative, particularly 20th century fiction, and critical theory. With support of the Oxford-Maria Ferreras Willetts Graduate Scholarship, she is currently studying the modernist phenomenon of literary epiphany by comparing short stories by Italian and English authors. In the early 1900s, Luigi Pirandello and James Joyce, Katherine Mansfield and Federigo Tozzi knew nothing of each other, but their fiction featured moments of illumination that appear strikingly similar in form and narrative function. Considering this case of parallel evolution, Valeria hopes to explore common sources and stimuli that nourished the modernist atmosphere in Europe.
Before moving to Oxford, she studied in Italy, obtaining both her BA in Literature and her MPhil in Modern Literature from the University of Siena. In 2013-2014, she was a visiting student under the Erasmus scheme at the University of Cambridge, where she studied in the faculties of English and Modern Languages. Outside academia, she is passionate about performing arts, and took part in semi-professional theatre productions in Italian and English.