She studied English and German and graduated in Modern Foreign Languages at the University of Naples “Federico II” in 2017 with a Bachelor’s thesis in English Literature that focused on the adaptive and intertextual relationships between the 19th century English Literature and the TV series Hannibal and Penny Dreadful. She then took part in a Summer School in the field of Translation Studies at the University of Trento and graduated in Comparative Languages and Literatures at the University of Naples “L’Orientale” in 2020 with a Master’s thesis in Historical Linguistics on the linguistic relationships between the Germanic Languages and Old Armenian. In the first months of 2021 she taught English as a Foreign Language in a lower secondary school in Naples.
She has authored the synopsis of the TV series Downton Abbey for the publication Downton Abbey: il fascino sfacciato dell’aristocrazia, eds. L. Esposito and A. Ruggiero, Milano, Mimesis, 2021.
She is currently PhD Candidate at the University of Salerno in her first year of studies to obtain a PhD in Literary, Linguistic and Historical Studies (37th Cycle) and her research project falls under the literary profile; she also holds the position of Italian language assistant abroad in Freiburg i.Br., Germany.
Flora De Giovanni
Alessandra Ruggiero – Università di Teramo
Title: Paestum and the archaeological sites of Campania in the odeporic literature of foreign travelers between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries. Awareness and valorization of territories and today’s perspectives of cultural heritage conservation.
The project, funded by PON grant, aims to study the odeporic literature produced by the foreign travelers (especially English and Germans) who visited and described the
Campania during the Grand Tour, in the period between the eighteenth and early twentieth centuries.
The analysis will also take into account the studies conducted so far on the idea of Southern Italy in the imagination of the literati and foreign travelers, for which it will be useful to resort to the concept of the “exotic.”
Indeed, the exotic has represented, and sometimes still represents, a very fruitful not only in literature but also, from the point of view of textual and discursive practices,
a cognitive category for defining-not necessarily in a negative light, but often from starting from a privileged and hierarchizing position – places, peoples and cultures.
The work will be carried out following a twofold path: on the one hand, the cataloguing and analysis literary evidence of travel, with particular attention to archaeological sites and the landscapes of Campania; on the other, also thanks to the collaboration with the Archaeological Park of Paestum and Velia, it is intended to use the collected material by creating various digital tools:
– a database to anthologize and comment on the most relevant and attractive passages of the
– the creation of digital paths of knowledge and discovery that the institution involved can integrate into
its own site to further qualify it;
– the selection of relevant passages suitable for display within the sites themselves to orient,
through digital panels, visitors and visitors in an innovative path of historical, cultural and artistic appropriation.