Love Island: feminism, postmodernism and late capitalism


The Women's Studies Mst at the University of Oxford are pleased to invite you to a discussion of Love Island: Feminism, Postmodernism and Late Capitalism. Joining us will be two guest speakers, Livia Franchini and Denise Bonetti who co-edited On Paper, a poetry anthology inspired by season 4 of ITV's Love Island.

Livia Franchini is a writer from Tuscany, Italy. She has translated Michael Donaghy, Sam Riviere and James Tiptree Jr. among many others and is the author of a poetry pamphlet, Our Available Magic (Makina Books, 2019) and a novel, Shelf Life (Doubleday, 2019/Mondadori, 2020). She was one of the inaugural writers-in-residence of the CELA (Connecting Emerging Literary Artists) project, funded by the European Union, which saw her work translated into six languages. Livia is currently completing a PhD in experimental women’s fiction at Goldsmiths, where she also coordinates The Goldsmiths Prize. She is one of the founding members of FILL (Festival of Italian Literature in London) and has taught workshops and performed extensively from her work, both in the UK and internationally.

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Denise Bonetti is a Capricorn, and the Editor-in-Chief of the post-internet poetry magazine & press SPAM. She holds an MPhil in Contemporary Literature from Cambridge, and an MA in English Literature from the University of Glasgow. She is the author of 20 Pack, a poetry pamphlet about cigarettes, published by If A Leaf Falls Press; Probs Too Late For a Snog Now :'(((, a collection of messages received on Facebook Messenger, published with SPAM; and Chairs Are for Sitting On, a self-published book of meme-poems. She lives in London. 

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