Serena Alessi is currently a postdoctoral Rome Fellow at The British School at Rome (2016-17) and in July 2017 will be the Benno Geiger Fellow at the Fondazione Cini in Venice. In 2015 she received her PhD in Italian Studies from Royal Holloway University of London, where she also taught Italian language and culture; her thesis From Silence to Voice: Penelope’s Feminist Odyssey in Italian Literature focused on the myth of Penelope in Italian literature. Her research interests include contemporary Italian literature, feminism, and postcolonial studies. She has published on the figure of Penelope, Luigi Malerba, and Alberto Savinio; she has taken part in many international conferences and organized various panels, seminars, and colloquia. In addition to her academic experiences, she is a contributor to the RaiUno TV Program Mille e un libro and to the literary blog criticaletteraria.org.
For her CIMA Fellowship she will examine Alberto Savinio’s representation of mythological characters in both his literary and artistic production, with a special focus on female characters.