Paola Cori

Colleges, School and Institutes


I graduated at the University of Rome, La Sapienza. I then completed a PhD on Image and Memory in Leopardi at the University of Birmingham, which was awarded a Giacomo Leopardi Prize for doctoral dissertations form the Centro Nazionale di Studi Leopardiani in Recanati. From 2013 to 2016 I was Honorary Research Fellow of the Leopardi Centre at Birmingham, where I organized many international events, also as recipient of two Small Research Grants from the Cesare Barbieri Endowment (Trinity College, Hartford, USA). I have contributed to the Lessico leopardiano project and I collaborate with the Laboratorio Leopardi research network (University of Rome La Sapienza). Before returning to Birmingham as permanent lecturer, I held temporary lectureships at Nottingham Trent and Cardiff University.

Research interests

My research specialization is Leopardi and nineteenth-century literature and philosophy. My PhD thesis discussed the relations between memory and image in Leopardi’s Canti and Zibaldone. Since then, and as Honorary Research Fellow of the Leopardi Centre at Birmingham, I have continued to devote my research to Leopardi and nineteenth-century literature and philosophy, while at the same time investigating this period as the matrix of many epistemological questions which would become fully manifest in the Novecento and beyond, and which still inform our contemporary sensitivity. From the perspective of language pedagogy, I am also interested in exploring the way new attention ecology  theories can enhance the theory and practice of second language acquisition.

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

Giacomo Leopardi
Nineteenth-century Italian literature, philosophy and philosophy of language
The Irrational and the Unconscious before Freud
Literature and science
‘Italian Theory’
Translation studies
Modern foreign language pedagogy

I supervise the following PhD projects:

Sara Corpino, ‘Translation of dialects: Atzeni’s language in English and French’ (co-supervisor with Dr Emma Tyler)
Simona Scanni, ‘Effectiveness of Online Language Learning: A case study of Italian as a foreign language’ (co-supervisor with Dr Paolo De Ventura)