The Department of Italian at University College Cork is a centre of excellence in Ireland for research in modern and contemporary Italian culture. Individual staff and the Department collectively have distinguished themselves in a wide range of areas within Italian Studies and Film Studies, with cutting-edge, theoretically-informed research contributions, thus placing Italian at UCC on the international map for modern and contemporary literature and film studies, and other, complementary areas. The lecturing staff hold international qualifications (Hull; Strathclyde; Università Cattolica di Milano; Toronto; Johns Hopkins) and are equally comfortable presenting and publishing in both Italian and English. Staff systematically disseminate their research in peer-reviewed publications and regularly organize conferences.
Staff research areas include: nineteenth-century and twentieth-century Italian Literature and Cultural Studies (Sicilian narrative and Tuscan writers); literature and emigration; crime fiction; eighteenth-century Neapolitan intellectual culture; eighteenth-century autobiography; Dante; European Modernism; the Italian historical novel; Italian theatre; Ekphrasis and the Novel; genetic criticism; art film; the essay film; first-person and autobiographical film; nonfiction cinema; European cinema; Modernism and Postmodernism; filmic space, geopolitics and the representation of the city and mobility in film; space and literature; travel writing; Italian women writers; ecocriticism; literature and the Holocaust. Staff collaborate across disciplines and institutions, in areas such as transmedial crime fiction; comparative literature; Tuscan Studies; Understanding Identities; Violence, Conflict and Gender, among others.
Italian at UCC has also had considerable success in generating funding, including external funding (e.g. the Irish Research Council), ranging from postgraduate scholarships, post-doctoral fellowships and research grants for staff. The Department holds an annual international graduate conference and a rich programme of seminars, as well as workshops, symposia and public lecture series. The Department’s strong reputation and its tradition of close doctoral supervision result in a buoyant and dynamic research postgraduate programme which recruits top international candidates and garners significant success in funding.