Dr Giorgia Alu

PhD (Warwick); MA (Warwick); BA (Catania).
Senior Lecturer

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 6894

Biographical details

Giorgia Alù completed a PhD in comparative literature at the University of Warwick (UK). Her research interests range from nineteenth-century Italian cultural history to comparative literature and visual studies. She has taught at the University of Warwick and at the University of Reading (UK).

Research interests

  • Travel writing
  • Contemporary women?s writing
  • Relationship between literature and photography
  • Photographic culture and theory
  • Nineteenth-century Italian cultural history

Teaching and supervision

Teaching

  • ITLN3688-Advanced Italian: Translation
  • ITLN3669-Images of Contemporary Italy
  • ITLN3679-Filming Fiction. The Italian Experience
  • ITLN3403-19th century Italy. Writers and Society
  • ICLS-Words and Pictures Across Cultures
  • EUST2020-Screening Europe post 1989

Supervision

Current research students

  • Elena Carletti, The Photographic Eye. Photographic Mechanisms in the Work of 1950's and 1960's Experimental Poets.
  • Judy Steele Parolini, Resistance in an Italian Valley: the case of Valsaviore, 1940-1945. The Lived Experience (Doctor of Arts)

 Past research students

  • Valentina Seffer, 'The myth of Persephone in Italian American women writers'. Completed  2015.
  •  Will Visconti, 'La Goulue & La Casati: Studies in the Performance of Belle Époque Decadentism' (with French Studies) Completed 2012
  • Anne Fett, 'The relationship between literature and film in the works of P.P. Pasolini and R. Werner Fassbinder. Associate Supervisor (Cultural Studies in Literary Interzones' Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate). Completed 2014.

Current research students

Project title Research student
Resistance in an Italian Valley: the case of Valsaviore, 1940-1945. The Lived Experience Judy STEELE PAROLINI

Current projects

  • "Photo-textual journeys: women's writing, mobility and photography". Monograph, in progress.
  • "Faces of a nation: envisioning Italy through photographic portraits in the 19th and early 20th centuries". Project in progress.

Selected grants, fellowships and awards

  • 2013-2014 and 2016-2017
    Visiting Fellowship, Institute of Modern Languages Research (School of Advanced Study), University of London.
  • 2013
    Excellence in Teaching (Design and Practice) Award. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney.
  • 2013
    "Faces of a nation: photography and migration in post-unification Italy". FASS Research Support Scheme (University of Sydney).
  • 2010
    "Photo-textual journeys: women's narrative, travel and photography in contemporary Italy". FASS Research Support Scheme (University of Sydney).
  • 2009
    Teaching Initiative Award (Faculty of Arts, University of Sydney).

In the media

Selected publications

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Books

  • Alu, G. (2008). Beyond the Traveller's Gaze: Expatriate Ladies Writing in Sicily (1848-1910). Oxford: Peter Lang Publishing.

Edited Books

  • Alu, G., Pedri, N. (2015). Enlightening Encounters: Photography in Italian Literature. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Book Chapters

  • Alu, G. (2015). Looking through Coloured Shards: Words and Images in Ornela Vorpsi’s Works. In Giorgia Alu, Nancy Pedri (Eds.), Enlightening Encounters: Photography in Italian Literature, (pp. 254-278). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Alu, G., Pedri, N. (2015). Photo-Literary Encounters in Italy. In Giorgia Alu, Nancy Pedri (Eds.), Enlightening Encounters: Photography in Italian Literature, (pp. 3-24). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Alu, G., Pedri, N. (2015). Writing with Light: Concluding Remarks. In Giorgia Alu, Nancy Pedri (Eds.), Enlightening Encounters: Photography in Italian Literature, (pp. 279-283). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Alu, G. (2014). Points de vue insulaires. L'oeil photographique d'une femme expatriee en Sicile. In Nicolas Bourguinat (Eds.), Voyageuses dans l'Europe des confins (XVIIIe-XXe siècles), (pp. 102-116). Strasbourg: Presses universitaires de Strasbourg.
  • Alu, G. (2014). The Peripatetic Portrait: Exchange and Performance in Migration Photographs at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century. In Sarah Patricia Hill, Giuliana Minghelli (Eds.), Stillness in Motion: Italy, Photography, and the Meanings of Modernity, (pp. 133-148). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Alu, G. (2009). Sulle tracce del passato: memoria e frammentazione familiare in Vita di Melania Mazzucco e La Masseria delle Allodole di Antonia Arslan. In Bastiaensen et al (Eds.), Tempo e memoria nella lingua e nella letteratura italiana - Vol. III: Narrativa del Novecento e degli anni Duemila, (pp. 363-374). Brussels: Associazione Internazionale Professori d’Italiano.
  • Alu, G. (2008). Alla ricerca di una casa: le straniere oggi tra desiderio domestico e fuga in Italia. In Emanuele Kanceff (Eds.), LItalia Terra di Rifugio, (pp. 731-752). Italy: CIRVI.
  • Alu, G. (2006). Framing life: British women's visual narratives of Sicily at the beginning of the twentieth century. In Béatrice Bijon, Yves Clavaron, Bernard Dieterle (Eds.), Le Mezzogiorno des écrivains européens: Europeans Writing the Mezzogiorno, (pp. 175-185). France: Universite de Saint-Etienne.
  • Alu, G. (2002). Beyond the Observation of the "Travelled Reader". In Suradech Chotiudompant, Enza Minutella (Eds.), Bridges and Boundaries: Warwick Working Papers in Cultural Studies (Graduate Studies), (pp. 21-30). United Kingdom: University of Warwick: Centre for Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies.

Journals

  • Alu, G. (2016). Review - Con parole altrui. La Sardegna nella cultura europea, by M.G. Dongu. Studies in Travel Writing, 10(2), 215-217. [More Information]
  • Alu, G. (2016). Review - The Making and Unmaking of Mediterranean Landscape in Italian Literature. The Case of Liguria, by Tullio Pagano. Annali d'Italianistica, 34(2016), 677-679.
  • Alu, G. (2014). "Imag(in)ing Sardinia", Review of: Maria Bonaria Urban, Sardinia on Screen. The Construction of the Sardinian Character in Italian Cinema (2014). Incontri: rivista di studi italo-nederlandesi, 2014 (2), 94-96.
  • Alu, G. (2014). Resistance Written and Imaged: The Distancing Visual Narrative of Ornela Vorpsi. Journal of Romance Studies, 14(1), 1-18. [More Information]
  • Alu, G. (2013). Uncanny Exposures: Mobility, Repetition and Desire in Front of a Camera. Cultural Studies Review, 19(2), 19-41.
  • Alu, G., Borghesi, F. (2012). Introduction: Between Word and Image, East and West. Literature and Aesthetics, 22(2), 1-12.
  • Alu, G. (2010). Fabricating home: performances of belonging and domesticity in contemporary women's travel writing in English about Italy. Studies in Travel Writing, 14(3), 285-302. [More Information]
  • Alu, G. (2010). Re-locating the past: photographs, family and migration stories in Anna Maria Riccardi's Cronache dalla collina and Elena Gianini Belotti's Pane amaro. The Italianist, 30(1), 99-118.
  • Alu, G. (2006). Writing the familial past: historical and personal memoir in Sicily and England: Political and Social Reminiscences, 1848-1870, by Tina Scalia Whitaker. Journal of Anglo-Italian Studies.
  • Alu, G. (2005). Pan, the Saint and the Peasant: Southern Bodies Imag(in)ed at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century. Mediterranean Studies, 14(1), 203-224.
  • Alu, G. (2002). Beyond the Observation of the "Travelled Reader": The Unknown Sicily of Louise Hamilton Caico. Studies in Travel Writing, 6, 78-95.

Edited Journals

  • Alu, G., Borghesi, F. (2012). The Journal of the Sydney Society of Literature and Aesthetics (VOLUME 22 NUMBER 2 DECEMBER 2012). Literature and Aesthetics, 22(2).

2016

  • Alu, G. (2016). Review - Con parole altrui. La Sardegna nella cultura europea, by M.G. Dongu. Studies in Travel Writing, 10(2), 215-217. [More Information]
  • Alu, G. (2016). Review - The Making and Unmaking of Mediterranean Landscape in Italian Literature. The Case of Liguria, by Tullio Pagano. Annali d'Italianistica, 34(2016), 677-679.

2015

  • Alu, G., Pedri, N. (2015). Enlightening Encounters: Photography in Italian Literature. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Alu, G. (2015). Looking through Coloured Shards: Words and Images in Ornela Vorpsi’s Works. In Giorgia Alu, Nancy Pedri (Eds.), Enlightening Encounters: Photography in Italian Literature, (pp. 254-278). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Alu, G., Pedri, N. (2015). Photo-Literary Encounters in Italy. In Giorgia Alu, Nancy Pedri (Eds.), Enlightening Encounters: Photography in Italian Literature, (pp. 3-24). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Alu, G., Pedri, N. (2015). Writing with Light: Concluding Remarks. In Giorgia Alu, Nancy Pedri (Eds.), Enlightening Encounters: Photography in Italian Literature, (pp. 279-283). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

2014

  • Alu, G. (2014). "Imag(in)ing Sardinia", Review of: Maria Bonaria Urban, Sardinia on Screen. The Construction of the Sardinian Character in Italian Cinema (2014). Incontri: rivista di studi italo-nederlandesi, 2014 (2), 94-96.
  • Alu, G. (2014). Points de vue insulaires. L'oeil photographique d'une femme expatriee en Sicile. In Nicolas Bourguinat (Eds.), Voyageuses dans l'Europe des confins (XVIIIe-XXe siècles), (pp. 102-116). Strasbourg: Presses universitaires de Strasbourg.
  • Alu, G. (2014). Resistance Written and Imaged: The Distancing Visual Narrative of Ornela Vorpsi. Journal of Romance Studies, 14(1), 1-18. [More Information]
  • Alu, G. (2014). The Peripatetic Portrait: Exchange and Performance in Migration Photographs at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century. In Sarah Patricia Hill, Giuliana Minghelli (Eds.), Stillness in Motion: Italy, Photography, and the Meanings of Modernity, (pp. 133-148). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

2013

  • Alu, G. (2013). Uncanny Exposures: Mobility, Repetition and Desire in Front of a Camera. Cultural Studies Review, 19(2), 19-41.

2012

  • Alu, G., Borghesi, F. (2012). Introduction: Between Word and Image, East and West. Literature and Aesthetics, 22(2), 1-12.
  • Alu, G., Borghesi, F. (2012). The Journal of the Sydney Society of Literature and Aesthetics (VOLUME 22 NUMBER 2 DECEMBER 2012). Literature and Aesthetics, 22(2).

2010

  • Alu, G. (2010). Fabricating home: performances of belonging and domesticity in contemporary women's travel writing in English about Italy. Studies in Travel Writing, 14(3), 285-302. [More Information]
  • Alu, G. (2010). Re-locating the past: photographs, family and migration stories in Anna Maria Riccardi's Cronache dalla collina and Elena Gianini Belotti's Pane amaro. The Italianist, 30(1), 99-118.

2009

  • Alu, G. (2009). Sulle tracce del passato: memoria e frammentazione familiare in Vita di Melania Mazzucco e La Masseria delle Allodole di Antonia Arslan. In Bastiaensen et al (Eds.), Tempo e memoria nella lingua e nella letteratura italiana - Vol. III: Narrativa del Novecento e degli anni Duemila, (pp. 363-374). Brussels: Associazione Internazionale Professori d’Italiano.

2008

  • Alu, G. (2008). Alla ricerca di una casa: le straniere oggi tra desiderio domestico e fuga in Italia. In Emanuele Kanceff (Eds.), LItalia Terra di Rifugio, (pp. 731-752). Italy: CIRVI.
  • Alu, G. (2008). Beyond the Traveller's Gaze: Expatriate Ladies Writing in Sicily (1848-1910). Oxford: Peter Lang Publishing.

2006

  • Alu, G. (2006). Framing life: British women's visual narratives of Sicily at the beginning of the twentieth century. In Béatrice Bijon, Yves Clavaron, Bernard Dieterle (Eds.), Le Mezzogiorno des écrivains européens: Europeans Writing the Mezzogiorno, (pp. 175-185). France: Universite de Saint-Etienne.
  • Alu, G. (2006). Writing the familial past: historical and personal memoir in Sicily and England: Political and Social Reminiscences, 1848-1870, by Tina Scalia Whitaker. Journal of Anglo-Italian Studies.

2005

  • Alu, G. (2005). Pan, the Saint and the Peasant: Southern Bodies Imag(in)ed at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century. Mediterranean Studies, 14(1), 203-224.

2002

  • Alu, G. (2002). Beyond the Observation of the "Travelled Reader". In Suradech Chotiudompant, Enza Minutella (Eds.), Bridges and Boundaries: Warwick Working Papers in Cultural Studies (Graduate Studies), (pp. 21-30). United Kingdom: University of Warwick: Centre for Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies.
  • Alu, G. (2002). Beyond the Observation of the "Travelled Reader": The Unknown Sicily of Louise Hamilton Caico. Studies in Travel Writing, 6, 78-95.

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