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, in the Centre for Visual Arts of Bergamo University, the research group Punctum. Centro Studi sull’Immagine. Her research focuses on the intersections between literature, aesthetics and the human sciences, with particular attention to the medical imaginary and 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 published books on the theme of the body as a medium (Impronte dell’aria, Bergamo 2008), as artistic-anthropological material (Capigliature, Milano 2008), and the body 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 (eds.), Das nächtliche Selbst. Traumwissen und Traumkunst im Jahrhundert der Psychologie. Band I: 1850-1900, Wallstein, Göttingen 2016, pp. 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”, in 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, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2010, pp. 119-140.