University of Reading cookie policy

We use cookies on to improve your experience, monitor site performance and tailor content to you

Read our cookie policy to find out how to manage your cookie settings

Shirley Vinall


I teach on modules on Italian language, Italian Modernism, Contemporary Literature, and Medieval and Renaissance Literature (including a course on the novella in Italy and France).

My principal research interests are in the early twentieth-century avant-garde in Italy, especially Futurism and La Voce, and links between French and Italian culture. My interests also include twentieth-century Italian fiction, especially works written by women. I am the Editor of Pirandello Studies and have been co-editor of The Italianist since its early years.
My recent work on early twentieth-century Italian culture includes:
'The Impact of French Symbolism on Italian Poetry', in Symbolism, Decadence and the Fin-de-Si├Ęcle, ed. P. McGuinness (Exeter, Exeter University Press, 2000), 244-63
'Marinetti, Soffici and French Literature', in International Futurism in Arts and Literature, ed. G. Berghaus (Berlin/New York, Walter De Gruyter, 2000), 15-38
'Princes and Pierrots: Palazzeschi's Early Writing and Laforgue', Italian Studies 58 (2003), 104-32
'Symbolism and Latinity: Anthologie-Revue de France et d'Italie and its diffusion of French literature in Italy' The Italianist 26 (2006), 32-91
'In the footsteps of D'Annunzio: Anthologie-Revue de France et d'Italie and the promotion of Italian culture in France', The Italianist 26 (2006), 274-310.
Publications on other topics include:
Women and Italy: Essays on Gender, Culture and History, ed Zygmunt G. Baranski and Shirley W. Vinall (Basingstoke and London, Macmillan, 1991)
'Francesca Duranti: Reflections and Inventions', in The New Italian Novel, ed. Z. G. Baranski and L. Pertile (Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 1993), 99-120.

Postgraduate supervision:

I am happy to supervise doctoral students on these and related aspects of twentieth-century culture.