Profiel

While my main research line has consistently focused on the study of the political impact of ecclesiastical (book) censorship in the nineteenth and twentieth century, during the whole of my academic career I also pursued a strong interest in linguistics and history of the Italian language, especially in the context of Italian emigration to the American South.

         I have been working extensively in the field of comparative literature, writing on topics such as translation and its ideological implications, Italo Calvino and semiotics, Italian identity and politics, Italian popular music and opera librettos. Finally, I have published several peer-reviewed articles on the relationship between contemporary European poetry and visual arts (on John Milton, Roberto Sanesi, Dylan Thomas among others).

         I believe I consolidated my expertise in the field of comparative critical studies, translation studies, contemporary European history, cultural studies and history of ideas. Prior and immediately following my doctorate, I feel I have strengthened my critical skills and I can now present an excellent publication record as well as a constant and active engagement in dissemination of my research. I have published several articles in prestigious peer-reviewed international journals (Italian Studies, Symposium, Il confronto letterario, Testo a fronte among others) and chapters in books; furthermore I have matured considerably as General Editor of both volumes and special issues of peer-reviewed international journals. My research has consistently generated publications able to find a wide international academic (and non-academic) audience. 

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Wetenschappelijke expertises
Censorship, politics, ecclesiastical and secular institutions
Literary Translation (Classics, Italian to English and English to Italian)
Italian-Americans, Italian Emigration
Italo Calvino
Gabriele d'Annunzio
Italian Modern and Contemporary Poetry
Poetry & Visual Arts (Roberto Sanesi)
Italian Identity
Italian Popular Music / Opera Librettos
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Curriculum vitae

Curriculum Studiorum

- PhD, Italian Studies, Utrecht University (NED), 24 June 2014. Title of thesis: Novecento all’Indice. La condanna di Gabriele d’Annunzio, il modernismo e i rapporti Stato-Chiesa all’ombra del Concordato (1907-1939). Promoter, Prof. Dr. Harald Hendrix

- MSc, Comparative and General Literature (with distinction) University of Edinburgh (UK), 2008-2009. Supervisor, Prof. Jonathan Usher

- MA,Laurea specialistica’, Modern Philology and Translation Studies (110/110 cum laude), University of Pavia (ITA),  2007. Supervisors, Prof. Gianfranca Lavezzi, Prof. Renzo Cremante

- BA, ‘Laurea triennale’, Italian Literature and Translation Studies (110/110 cum laude), University of Pavia (ITA), 2005. Supervisors, Prof. Gianfranca Lavezzi, Prof. Giuseppe Polimeni

 

Appointments

- Lecturer, Universiteit Utrecht, September 2014-to date

- Teaching Fellow, University of Edinburgh, Office of Lifelong Learning (ex-Institute for Applied Language Studies, IALS), January 2009 – 2014

- (Part-Time, HTBN) Fellow Lecturer, University of Edinburgh, Division of European Languages and Cultures (Italian Department), February 2008 – 2014

- Teacher of Italian, Literature, Language and Culture, Italian Cultural Institute, Edinburgh (UK), September 2007 – January 2009

- Foreign Language Assistant, George Heriot’s School, Edinburgh (UK), September 2007 – May 2008

- Foreign Language Assistant, George Watson’s College, Edinburgh (UK), September 2007 – June 2008

 

Other academic activities       

2013 – to date, Member of the Editorial Board of the series Taccuini (Pescara: Tracce Editore)

2011 – to date, Member of the Editorial Board of the series Biblioteca di Studi Inglesi, directed by Masolino d’Amico and Viola Papetti (Rome: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura)

 

 

2015  to date, Referee for Incontri. Rivista Europea di studi italiani (Utrecht, NL)

2015  to date, Referee for Studi buzzatiani (Padova, ITA)

2012  to date, Referee for Quaderni del Vittoriale. Nuova Serie (Brescia, ITA)

2010 – to date, Referee for Quaderni d’Italianistica (Toronto, CAN)

 

2014, Organiser [with Monica Jansen] of the two panels titled Mapping Catholic Interventism: The Vatican between Tradition and Modernity (1907-1940) at the 2013 American Association for Italian Studies, Universität Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

2012, Organiser of two sessions at the 2012 American Association for Italian Studies, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC (USA), 2-5 May. Title of the sessions: Italian Literature On Trial 1: The Watchful Eye of The VaticanItalian Literature On Trial 2: Books, Idea(l)s and Ideologies

2010, Head of Organizing and Scientific Committee of the International Symposium ‘Tu Se’ Lo Mio Maestro e ’l Mio Autore’: Fostering Collaboration across Generations of Italianists, University of Edinburgh, Scotland (UK), 23-24 September.

 

Active and Past Memberships

Member of the Modern Language Association (MLA)

Member of the American Society for Italian Studies (AAIS)

Member of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

Member of the Canadian Society for Italian Studies (CSIS)

Member of the Society for Italian Studies (SIS)

Member of the Association for the Study of Modern Italy (ASMI)

Member of the British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA)

2009-2011, Founder and President of the Italian Postgraduate Society of Edinburgh (IPSE)

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Sleutelpublicaties

Brera, M. (2016). Un dannunzista tra due ‘Indici’. Guido da Verona, il Sant’Uffizio e la censura di regime. Italian Studies, 71 (3), (pp. 356-383) (28 p.).

Brera, M. (2016). Novecento all'Indice - Gabriele d'Annunzio, i libri proibiti e i rapporti Stato-Chiesa all'ombra del Concordato. (359 p.). Rome: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura.

Brera, Matteo (30-06-2015). The Holy Office Against Fascism: Book Censorship and the Political Independence of the Church (1928–1931). Between: Rivista dell'Associazione di Teoria e Storia Comparata della Letteratura, 5 (9) (28 p.).

Brera, Matteo (2013). Il Poeta, il Papa e il Dittatore - L’Opera omnia di Gabriele d’Annunzio all’Indice e i difficili rapporti tra Stato e Chiesa all’ombra del Concordato. Quaderni del Vittoriale. Nuova Serie 9 (pp. 43-67) (25 p.). Brescia: Silvana editoriale.

Brera, Matteo (2012). Gabriele d’Annunzio e la Santa Sede - Il processo e la condanna del 1911 nei documenti della Congregazione dell’Indice. Quaderni del Vittoriale. Nuova Serie 8 (pp. 27-43) (18 p.). Brescia: Silvana editoriale.

Alle publicaties
  2016 - Boeken
Brera, M. (2016). Novecento all'Indice - Gabriele d'Annunzio, i libri proibiti e i rapporti Stato-Chiesa all'ombra del Concordato. (359 p.). Rome: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura.
  2016 - Boekdelen / hoofdstukken
Brera, M. (2016). L'ultimo d'|Annunzio e l'Indice dei libri proibiti. Le condanne al Libro segreto e al Solus ad solam. Quaderni del Vittoriale. Nuova Serie 12 (pp. 33-45) (13 p.). Silvana editoriale.
  2016 - Artikelen
Brera, M. (2016). Italiani in Tennessee tra identità nazionale e americanizzazione. Una prima indagine. Archivio Storico dell'Emigrazione Italiana (ASEI), 12 (1), (pp. 71-87) (18 p.).
Brera, M. (2016). Un dannunzista tra due ‘Indici’. Guido da Verona, il Sant’Uffizio e la censura di regime. Italian Studies, 71 (3), (pp. 356-383) (28 p.).
  2015 - Artikelen
Brera, Matteo (2015). Censura o réclame? Il Sant’Uffizio, la letteratura mistico-sensuale e «Corydon» di André Gide. Il confronto letterario (63), (pp. 149-168) (20 p.).
Brera, Matteo (30-06-2015). The Holy Office Against Fascism: Book Censorship and the Political Independence of the Church (1928–1931). Between: Rivista dell'Associazione di Teoria e Storia Comparata della Letteratura, 5 (9) (28 p.).
  2014 - Boekredactie
Brera, Matteo (2014). La primavera incompiuta. Studi su Roberto Sanesi. (222 p.). Toronto: University of Toronto. Department of Italian Studies.
Brera, Matteo & Scott, Heather (2014). Roberto Sanesi. The First Day of Spring. (137 p.). Leicester: Troubador Publishing.
  2014 - Boekdelen / hoofdstukken
Brera, Matteo (2014). Crossing the Century: Roberto Sanesi and the Enigma of Contemporaneity’. In Matteo Brera (Eds.), Roberto Sanesi: The First Day of Spring (pp. 93-110) (18 p.). Kibworth Beauchamp, Leicestershire: Troubador Publishing.
Brera, Matteo (2014). The First (and Last) Day of Spring: Philological Notes on Il primo giorno di primavera. Roberto Sanesi: The First Day of Spring (pp. 1-10) (10 p.). Kibworth Beauchamp, Leicestershire: Troubador Publishing.
  2014 - Artikelen
Brera, Matteo (2014). L’arco di luce di un intellettuale. Rivista di Studi Italiani, 32 (2), (pp. 2-3) (2 p.).
Brera, Matteo (2014). Proibito ma non troppo - Gabriele d’Annunzio, la Chiesa e le politiche culturali del fascismo (1925-1938). Quaderni del Vittoriale, 10, (pp. 23-37) (15 p.).
  2014 - Special issue
Brera, Matteo (2014). “Al punto dell’inizio”. Circolarità dell’esistenza in due testi per il teatro di Roberto Sanesi. Rivista di Studi Italiani, 32 (2), (pp. 59-79) (21 p.). La primavera incompiuta. Studi su Roberto Sanesi Special Issue of Rivista di Studi Italiani .
  2013 - Boekdelen / hoofdstukken
Brera, Matteo (2013). Il Poeta, il Papa e il Dittatore - L’Opera omnia di Gabriele d’Annunzio all’Indice e i difficili rapporti tra Stato e Chiesa all’ombra del Concordato. Quaderni del Vittoriale. Nuova Serie 9 (pp. 43-67) (25 p.). Brescia: Silvana editoriale.
Brera, Matteo (2013). Sogni di libertà tra memoria e desiderio. Meccanismi di evocazione e rappresentazione onirica nei libretti verdiani. In Danilo Capasso & Roberto Russi (Eds.), Il sogno Italiano (pp. 138-149) (12 p.). Raleigh (NC): Aonia.
  2013 - Artikelen
Brera, Matteo (2013). ‘Non istà bene in buona teologia’ - Four Italian Translations of Paradise Lost and the Vatican’s Policies of Book Censorship (1732–1900). Italian Studies, 68 (1), (pp. 99-122) (24 p.).
  2012 - Boekredactie
Brera, Matteo & Pirozzi, Carlo (2012). Lingua e identità a 150 anni dall’Unità d’Italia. (266 p.). Florence: Franco Cesati Editore.
  2012 - Boekdelen / hoofdstukken
Brera, Matteo (2012). Gabriele d’Annunzio e la Santa Sede - Il processo e la condanna del 1911 nei documenti della Congregazione dell’Indice. Quaderni del Vittoriale. Nuova Serie 8 (pp. 27-43) (18 p.). Brescia: Silvana editoriale.
Brera, Matteo (2012). Il canneto / che avevamo provato ad attraversare’. Roberto Sanesi,‘il millennio che si sgretola’ e l’enigma della contemporaneità. In Ilona Fried (Eds.), Identità italiana e civiltà globale all'inizio del ventunesimo secolo. Meticciati, relazioni, attraversamenti - rapporti con la modernità (pp. 271-293) (23 p.). Budapest: Ponte Alapítvány.
Brera, Matteo (2012). Inni di sdegno, inni d’amore. Retorica patriottica e civile in 150 anni di canto popolare italiano. In Carlo Pirozzi (Eds.), Lingua e identità a 150 anni dall’Unità d’Italia (pp. 165-198) (34 p.). Firenze: Franco Cesati Editore.
Brera, Matteo (2012). Le ‘ali dorate’ della libertà. Il coro di ebrei in Nabucco e la ricerca della ‘patria [...] bella e perduta’. In Monica Jansen, Raniero Speelman & Silvia Gaiga (Eds.), Jewish migration: voices of the Diaspora (pp. 140-155) (16 p.). Utrecht: Igitur Publishing.
  2012 - Artikelen
Brera, Matteo (2012). La bellezza del male nella poesia di Fausta Squatriti. Incontri (27), (pp. 83-89) (7 p.).
  2011 - Boekdelen / hoofdstukken
Brera, Matteo (2011). Roberto Sanesi traduce John Milton (e William Shakespeare): Aspetti di una schermaglia metrica con la tradizione poetica italiana. In Rossella Riccobono & George Talbot (Eds.), Poesia e conflitto. - Mosaici International Journal of Italian Poetry Edinburgh.
  2011 - Artikelen
Brera, Matteo (2011). At the court of Kublai Kan - Storytelling as Semiotic Art in Le città invisibili by Italo Calvino. Symposium - Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures, 65 (4), (pp. 271-289) (19 p.).
Brera, Matteo (2011). I Sonnets di Shakespeare nella traduzione di Roberto Sanesi - Uno sguardo all’officina del traduttore. Rivista di Studi Italiani, XXXIX (1), (pp. 166-199) (34 p.).
Brera, Matteo (2011). Il viaggiatore, il giardino e la cantina - Il Primo giorno di primavera di Roberto Sanesi. Cinque poesie tradotte da Heather Scott. Incontri (25), (pp. 163-167) (5 p.).
Brera, Matteo (2011). Roberto Sanesi e la traduzione - Alla ricerca di un’“altra voce”. Il confronto letterario (56), (pp. 353-367) (14 p.).
Brera, Matteo (2011). Sir Philip Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella - A translation project. Testo a fronte, 44, (pp. 67-85) (19 p.).
  2010 - Artikelen
Brera, Matteo (2010). I Sonetti di W. Shakespeare in Italia - Osservazioni su lingua e stile delle traduzioni ottocentesche di Angelo Olivieri, Luigi De Marchi, Ettore Sanfelice.. Il confronto letterario, 53, (pp. 63-86) (24 p.).
  0 - Fellowship awarded competitively
M. Brera () Immigration History Research Centre, University of Minnesota, Grant-in-Aid Award
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International Network and Research Groups

2012 – to date, Founder of the research cluster Italian Literature on Trial: Vatican Censorship, Idea(l)s and Ideologies that brings together an outstanding line-up of scholars affiliated to leading Higher Education Institutions worldwide, including Deutsches Historisches Institut in Rome (ITA), Duke University (USA), Fordham University (USA), University of Göttingen (GER), University of Antwerp (BEL), University of California Berkeley, Davis and Los Angeles, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA), University of Edinburgh (UK), University of Toronto (CAN) and Utrecht University (NED);

2009 – to date, Member of the international research group Letteratura italiana moderna e filologia italiana: indagini storico-critiche su autori, movimenti, testi dal Sette al primo Novecento cooordinated by Professor Carla Riccardi (University of Pavia, ITA). A description of the research group and its activities can be found at https://mitch.unipv.it:4443/uri/public.php?lingua=ITA&cr=I4231

 

Awards, Research Grants and Prizes (Total Amount as per 12/1/2015: €59.639,58)

2013, Lemmermann Foundation Grant 2013, Fondazione Lemmermann (Rome, Italy) Grant awarded in support to doctoral thesis on the Roman Index in the twentieth century

2012, Society for Italian Studies Conference Bursary 2012, Society for Italian Studies, (Manchester, United Kingdom)

2011, School of Literature Languages and Culture Conference Grant 2011, University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom)

2010, University of Edinburgh Development Trust Small Project Grant 2010, for the organization of the International Symposium ‘Tu Se’ Lo Mio Maestro e ’l Mio Autore’: Fostering Collaboration across Generations of Italianists, University of Edinburgh, Scotland (UK), 23-24 September 2010. University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom)

2010, Society for Italian Studies Conference Bursary, Society for Italian Studies, (Manchester, United Kingdom)

2010, William Dickson Travelling Fund, University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom). Grant awarded in support to research on Gabriele d’Annunzio and the Roman Index

2010, Society for Italian Studies Travel Bursary 2010, Society for Italian Studies, (Manchester, United Kingdom) 2010, School of Literature Languages and Culture Conference Grant 2010, University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom)

2009, William Dickson Travelling Fund, University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom) Grant awarded in regards to research on Paradise Lost and Vatican censorship

2009, School of Literature Languages and Culture Conference Grant, University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom)

2009, Society for Italian Studies Travel Bursary 2009, Society for Italian Studies, (Manchester, United Kingdom)

2008, CHHS Personal Grant, University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom). Full research scholarship to pursue original research at Master’s level.

2008, School of Literature Languages and Culture Conference Grant, University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom)

2007, Premio Borsa di Studio, Ente Editoriale per l’Arma dei Carabinieri (Rome, Italy)

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