Alessandra Violi




Full Professor of English Literature
University of Bergamo





Alessandra Violi is Full Professor of English Literature and Culture at the University of Bergamo, where she coordinates the Doctorate in Intercultural Humanistic Studies and, within the Centre for Visual Arts of Bergamo University, the research group Punctum. Centro Studi sull’Immagine, which is perspective. Her research work has focused on the intersections between literature, aesthetics and the human sciences, with particular attention to the medical imaginary and, specifically, the sciences of anatomy and neuropathology, on which she has published the volumes Le cicatrici del testo, (Bergamo, 1998) and Il teatro dei nervi (Milan, 2004). In addition, she has written books on the theme of the body as a medium (Impronte dell’aria, Bergamo, 2008), as artistic-anthropological material (Capigliature, Milano, 2008), and, more recently, in the cultural imaginary (Il corpo nell’immaginario letterario, Mimesis, 2013).



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Alessandra Violi
Dipartimento di Lingue, Letterature straniere e Comunicazione
Università degli Studi di Bergamo
Via Pignolo, 123
24129 Bergamo, Italy
Tel. + 39 035 2052211
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Publication on the dream and related topics





Il teatro dei nervi. Fantasmi del moderno da Mesmer a Charcot,  Mondadori, Milan 2004.

Impronte dell’aria, Sestante, Bergamo 2008.



Articles and chapters in books


Okkulte Träume und die Erschaffung des modernen Selbst. In: Marie Guthmüller, Hans-Walter Schmidt-Hannisa (ed.): Das nächtliche Selbst. Traumwissen und Traumkunst im Jahrhundert der Psychologie. Band I: 1850-1900. Göttingen: Wallstein, 2016 p. 137-149.


“Shuffling the Times of Modernism: Primitive Magic and the Making of Modernity”, in Textus, vol. XXVI, n°2, Carocci, Roma 2013, pp. 31-45.


“The Writing on the Wall”, in S. Damiani, E. Grazioli and B. Grespi (eds), Fuori quadro. Follia e creatività fra arte, cinema e archivio, Aracne, Roma 2013, pp. 55-68.


“Lombroso y los fantasmas de la ciencia”. Revista Sans Soleil: Estudios de la imagen (4), 2012, pp. 244- 254.


“Anatomies of Light: the Photomatic Body in fin de siècle science”. E. Agazzi, E. Giannetto, F.S. Giudice (Eds.), Representing Light across Arts and Sciences: Theories and Practices, Gottingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2010, pp. 119-140.