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Laura Scuriatti

PhD in English Literature
University of Reading
Prof. Dr. Laura Scuriatti studied English and German literature at the University of Milan (Laurea). In 1999-2002 she held an AHRB scholarship and received her PhD in English Literature from the University of Reading. Her research focuses on the relationship between literature and the visual arts in early modernism and the avant-garde, and on gender theory. She was a teaching assistant at the University of Reading and teaches at Bard College Berlin since 2003.

Laura Scuriatti is a member of the research network Writing 1900.

Classes taught at Bard College Berlin
Core Courses
  • Joyce's Ulysses: A Modernist Epic
  • Renaissance Florence
  • Modernism, Cosmopolitanism, and the Aesthetics of Internationalism
  • Values of Renaissance Florence
  • Forms of Love
  • Property

Foundational and Advanced Modules
  • Virginia Woolf and the New Century
  • Detective Fiction
  • (Forced) Migration and Exile: The Organization of Narrative Space
  • Realism, Naturalism, "Verismo", Magical Realism: The Metamorphosis of a Style
  • Rewriting Shakespeare: the case of The Tempest
  • Writing and Gender: Virginia Woolf
  • Making the Novel
  • Writing the Self: Autobiography and/as Fiction?
  • Virginia Woolf
  • Shakespeare's The Tempest
  • Theory of the Novel
  • Theories of Realism
  • Gender Theory
  • Michel Foucault's Discipline and Punish
  • Words and Images: Manifestos of the Avant-Garde (co-taught with art historian Aya Soika)
  • History and Theory of the Novel: Tristram Shandy
  • Literature, Collections and Museums
  • Autobiography
Project Year Research Topics supervised at Bard College Berlin
  • Performing Identity. Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
  • Holocaust and Representation
  • The Artist as Pygmalion: Gombrich's Aesthetic Theory
  • The Relational Nature of Identity and Space in E. S. Özdamar's Writings
  • Hemingway and Gertrude Stein: Modernist Autobiographies

Laura Scuriatti has also co-supervised projects in art history and film.

Supervision interests: English and German modernist and contemporary literature; interdisciplinary projects in modernist and avant-garde literature and the visual arts; gender theory; critical theory.

  • Mina Loy's Critical Modernism, University Press of Florida (forthcoming Spring 2019)

Edited volumes
  • (With Sara Fortuna), Dekalog 5. Dogville (London/New York: Wallflower Press/Columbia University Press, 2012).
  • (With Caroline Patey), The Exhibit in the Text: Museological Practices of Literature (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2009).
  • Berlin Babylon. Antologia di giovani scrittori tedeschi (Milan: Mondadori, 2004).

Book chapters
  • "Modernism and the Baroque: Two Strange Bedfellows in Mario Praz's Oeuvre", in Elisa Bizzotto (ed.), Mario Praz. Voice in the Post-Romantic Scene (Oxford: Peter Lang), forthcoming.
  • Sea changes: the Sea, Art and Storytelling in Shakespeare's The Tempest, Isak Dinesen's Tempests and Marina Warner's Indigo in: C. Ferrini, R. Gefter Wondrich, P. Quazzolo, A. Zoppellari, Civiltà del mare e navigazioni interculturali: sponde d'Europa e l' "isola" Trieste (Trieste: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2012)
  • 'Dogville and the Problem of Objectification' in S. Fortuna and L. Scuriatti (eds), Dekalog 5. Dogville (London/New York: Wallflower Press/Columbia University Press, 2012).
  • (With Sara Fortuna), 'Introduction' and 'Interview with Lars von Trier', in S. Fortuna and L. Scuriatti (eds), Dekalog 5. Dogville (London/New York: Wallflower Press/Columbia University Press, 2012).
  • "The Autobiography as Collection, the Collection as Autobiography: Mario Praz's House of Life", in: C. Patey and L. Scuriatti (eds), The Exhibit in the Text: Museological Practices of Literature (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2009).
  • "Bodies of Discomfort: Mina Loy, the Futurists and Modernist Feminism" in: A. Kershaw and A. Kimyongür (eds.), Women in Europe between the Wars: Politics, Culture and Society (London: Ashgate, 2007).
  • 'Walking the Tightrope: Sacheverell Sitwell's Rewriting of the Mediterranean in Southern Baroque Art', in: C. Patey, G. Cianci and F. Cuojati, Anglo-American Modernity and the Mediterranean (Milan: Cisalpino, 2006).
  • "Designers' Bodies: Women and Body Hair in Contemporary Art and Advertising" in: K. Lesnik-Oberstein (ed.), The Last Taboo: Women and Body Hair (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2006).
  • 'Looking for the Self in the City: Roma Tearne's Photographic Autobiography', in R. Colombo and D. Scudero (eds.), Nel corpo delle città: Roma Tearne (exhibition catalogue) (Rome: Gangemi Editore, 2004).
  • "Hiding the Narrative: the Spaces of Fiction in The Good Soldier" in: V. Fortunati and E. Lamberti (eds.), Ford Madox Ford and the Republics of Letters (Bologna: CLUEB, 2002).
Journal articles
  • L. Scuriatti, "Transnational Modernist Encounters in the Provinces: Lacerba, Mina Loy and International Debates on Sexual Morality in Florence", Forum for Modern Language Studies, Volume 53, Issue 3, 1 July 2017, Pages 303–313
  • "Negotiating Boundaries: The Economics of Space and Gender in Mina Loy's Early Poems", Feminismo/s, 5 (June 2005): 71-84.
  • (with Marina Della Giusta), " 'The Show Must Go On': Making Money Glamorizing Oppression", European Journal of Women's Studies, 12(1) (2005): 31-44.
  • "A Tale of Two Cities: H. G. Wells's The Door in the Wall, illustrated by Alvin Landon Coburn", The Wellsian, 22 (1999): 11-28. Rpt. in: John Partington (ed.), The Wellsian. Selected Essays, 1976-2003 (Oss: Equilibris, 2003).

Encyclopaedia entries
  • 'Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman', in Gary Westfahl (ed.), The Greenwood Encyclopaedia of Themes in Science Fiction and Fantasy (Westport: Greenwood Press, 2005).
  • 'Djuna Barnes', in Jeffrey Gray et al. (eds.), The Greenwood Encyclopaedia of American Poetry (Westport: Greenwood Press, 2005).

Prof. Dr. Laura Scuriatti
Comparative Literature
Phone: +49 30 43733 208
Email: l.scuriatti@berlin.bard.edu