Giuseppe Stellardi

Stipendiary Lecturer in Italian
Laurea DipPerfFil Pavia, MA Oxf, DPhil DEA Paris


Giuseppe studied in Pavia and Paris and held academic posts in Cape Town and Lancaster, before joining Oxford University in 1995. He is Faculty Lecturer in Italian, Fellow of St. Hugh's College and Lecturer at New College and Oriel College.


Giuseppe gives lectures, tutorials and seminars on Italian literature, particularly 19th and 20th century, and Dante. Special interests: Svevo, Gadda, Primo Levi, Ungaretti, Fenoglio, Eco. 

Research Interests

His main research interests lie in modern Italian literature, literary theory and continental philosophy. 

He has written on Dossi, Tarchetti, Michelstaedter, Svevo, Gadda, Moravia, Morante, Eco; also, on Deconstruction and on metaphor. 

He is currently working on time in modern Italian literature.

Selected Publications

  • "Gadda: miseria e grandezza della letteratura" (Firenze: Franco Cesati Editore, 2006).
  • "Heidegger and Derrida on Philosophy and Metaphor. Imperfect Thought" (Amherst, New York: Humanity Books, 2000).
  • 'Pensiero debole, Nihilism and Ethics, or How Strong is Weakness?', in "Postmodern «Impegno». Ethics and Commitment in Contemporary Italian Culture", ed. P. Antonello and F. Mussgnug (Peter Lang, 2009).
  • 'Aracoeli and Gadda's La cognizione del dolore: Disturbed Sons, Disturbing Mothers', in "The Power of Disturbance. Elsa Morante's «Aracoeli»", ed. M. Gragnolati, S. Fortuna, Legenda (MHRA and Maney Publishing, 2009).
  • Carlo Michelstaedter, "Persuasion and Rhetoric", transl. into English by W. Snyman and G. Stellardi, University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2007.
  • "Il 'tempo ultimo': strutture della temporalità nell'opera di Italo Svevo", in Cuadernos de Filología Italiana, vol. 18, 2011, pp. 115-39.