Dr Gigliola Sulis

Dr Gigliola Sulis


After a degree in modern Italian literature from the University of Cagliari (1998), I received a PhD in Italian Studies from the University of Reading (2005). I taught in Exeter in 2004/05, before moving to Leeds in 2006. I was Director of Italian in 2012-2014, and of Italian and Classics in 2014-17.  I am now director of research in Italian and 'grant champion' in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies.

Research interests

My main research interests are: multilingual literature (from its theoretical underpinnings to the poetics and ideology of individual authors, especially in relation to the modern novel); regional literatures (esp. from the main islands, Sicily and Sardinia); cultural and artistic representations of Italian polycentrism and of the tension between local and national dimension (esp. from a postcolonial critical perspective).

My research approach integrates stylistics, narratology, and problems of identity raised by multicultural diversity.

I have published on multilingual literature, the language and style of contemporary Italian writers (e.g. Luigi Meneghello, Andrea Camilleri, Joyce Lussu, Laura Pariani, Sergio Atzeni, Marcello Fois), the literary canon, modern dialect poetry, Sardinian literature, and twentieth-century women's writing. I also have an interest in contemporary Italian history, with a main focus on the Resistance and on social unrest in the 1970s. 


Selected publications

Edited volumes and journals

  • G. Ledda and G. Sulis (eds), Sergio Atzeni e le voci della Sardegna (Bologna: Bononia University Press, 2017)
  • C. Gregoriou, D. Platten, G.Sulis (eds), Retold, Resold, Transformed. Crime Fiction in the Global Era, special issue of The Australian Journal of Crime Fiction, 1 (1) 2017 http://www.australiancrimefiction.com
  • F. Billiani and G. Sulis (eds), The Italian Gothic and Fantastic. Encounters and Re-writings of Narrative Traditions (Madison, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson, 2007)
  • (ed.) Sergio Atzeni, Scritti giornalistici (1966-1995), 2 vols (Nuoro: Il Maestrale, 2005)
  • M. Aresu, G. Sulis, and others (eds), Rivelazioni e promesse del '68 (Cagliari: Cuec, 2002)
  • G. Marci and G. Sulis (eds), Trovare racconti mai narrati, dirli con gioia: Convegno di studi su Sergio Atzeni (Cagliari: Cuec, 2001) 


Research supervision

I am happy to consider candidatures for postgraduate studies (MAR and PhD) on: multilingual literature (also in comparative perspective), multilingualism and translation, regional and dialect literatures (especially – but not only - from Sardinia and Sicily), twentieth- and twenty-first-century fiction (especially the contemporary novel), language and style of modern and contemporary writers.

To date, I have supervised PGR students in their Master by Research on East-West encounters through the commissioning of Italian art in Bangkok at the begining of the 20th century (2018),  the contemporary 'scrittore impegnato' (Camilleri/Saviano) (2014), on the Resistance novels by Meneghello and Fenoglio (2013), and on the re-uses of classical sources in the fiction of Fois (2009). I have supervised PGRs in their PhDs on the negotiation of black ‘mixed race’ women’s identities in colonial and postcolonial Italy (with the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies) (2015)Ascanio Celestini's theatre (2016), literary syntax in the work of Leonardo Sciascia and Gesualdo Bufalino (2016), creation and translation of ideophones in Italian Disney comics (with the Centre for Translation Studies) (2016), indeterminacy in the novel (2017), and on the 'anti-rhetorical Resistance' in Calvino, Pavese, Meneghello and Fenoglio (2018).

At present, I am the main supervisor for PhD theses on Dante and Gadda and on Dante and Pasolini.

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  • Qualification aux fonctions de Maître de Conférences, Italian Studies (France) (2012)
  • Abilitazione all’insegnamento di lettere (Italy, 2000) (English equivalent: PGCE)
  • PhD in Italian Studies (University of Reading, 2005)
  • Laurea in Lettere (University of Cagliari, 1998)

Professional memberships

  • Italian Representative at the Executive Committee of the University Council of Modern Languages (UMCL)
  • Member of the American Association of Italian Studies
  • Co-editor of 'The Italianist'
  • Member of the editorial board of 'Allegoria. Per uno studio materialistico della letteratura'
  • UCML Representative at the Executive Committee of the Society for Italian Studies in the UK and Ireland

Student education

My office hours in term time are Tuesdays, 2-3pm.

Research groups and institutes

  • Italian
  • Literary studies

Current postgraduate researchers

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