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).

Contact details

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


Impronte dell’aria. Sestante: Bergamo 2008.

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


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 (2013), pp. 31-45.

The Writing on the Wall. In: S. Damiani / E. Grazioli / B. Grespi (eds): Fuori quadro. Follia e creatività fra arte, cinema e archivio. Roma: Aracne 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. In: E. Agazzi / E. Giannetto / F.S. Giudice (eds.): Representing Light across Arts and Sciences: Theories and Practices. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2010, pp. 119-140.