Gioiella Bruni Roccia is Associate Professor of English Literature at LUMSA, University of Rome. Since 2015/16 academic year she has been the Director of the newly established Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistic and Cultural Mediation .
Currently she teaches Translation Theory , English literature , and Travel Literature and the Visual Arts for the above mentioned degree course.
Her major research interests lie in the interrelations among narrative, scientific and philosophical discourse during the Long Eighteenth Century. Her publications in this field include, besides numerous articles on the most important novelists of the period, the translation and critical edition of Shaftesbury’s Sensus Communis. An Essay on the Freedom of Wit and Humour (Rome, 2006) and a monograph on John Locke (Locke e la costruzione del lettore moderno. Sulle soglie del ‘Saggio sull’intelletto umano’ , Rome, 2013).
She has also devoted her critical attention to authors and works that marked a turning-point in English literary history, such as the first generation of Romantic poets with their innovative theory of poetic language, and the experimental fiction of the major modernist writers. The intersection between these two lines of research led to the publication of a comparative and intertextual analysis, entitled Myriadminded Men. Coleridge and Joyce (Rome, 2008).
More recently, she has explored the ways in which the complex theme of personal identity is perceived and represented in literature with particular reference to Paul Ricoeur’s concept of ‘narrative identity’.