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Vita Fortunati

Vita Fortunati



Vita Fortunati is full professor of English Literature at the University of Bologna, she is currently researching in European, Comparative and Cultural Studies. Her main research areas concern Utopian Studies, Modernism, Word and Image relationship, Aged Body in a Multidisciplinary Perspective, Gender and Women Studies. Among her recent publications are the editorials of the issues Discourses of/on the Body, XIII (2000), n.1 and n.2, Textus. English Studies in Italy and“Memory and Aging: a Revaluation of the Crone in Women’s Literature” in V. Fortunati, A. Lamarra, E. Federici, ed. by, The Controversial Women’s Body: Images and Representations in Literature and Art, (2003), Bononia University Press. Among other publications: Critiche femministe e teorie letterarie, eds Raffaella Baccolini, Giulia Fabi, Vita Fortunati, Rita Monticelli, Bologna, Clueb, 1997; Dictionary of Literary Utopias, eds Vita Fortunati and Raymond Trousson, Paris, Champion, 2000; Dall’utopia all’utopismo. Percorsi tematici, a cura di Vita Fortunati, Raymond Trousson, Adriana Corrado, introduzione di Francesco de Sanctis, collana dell’Istituto Universitario Suor Orsola Benincasa, Napoli, CUEN, 2003.

Recently she has also published essays and taught university courses on the theme of “Bearing Witness in European War Literature” and on the theme of “Memory” and “Nostalgia”. The Multidisciplinary perspective has a central role in her work and research, an interest that has produced two main books: Memorie e Saperi (2007) edited together with Elena Agazzi for Meltemi Books and Biocomplexity at the Cutting Edge of Physics, System Biology and Humanities (2008), Bononia University Press. The research and the notion of “Interface” between Sciences and Humanities has inspired and is the basis of Acume 2 Project, Interfacing Sciences, Literature and Humanities: an Interdisciplinary Approach, a European Project (ETNP) that she is currently co-ordinating.