Dr Mariadele Boccardi

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  • Qualifications:BA (Bergamo); MSc (Edinburgh); PhD (Cambridge); PGCertTLHE (UWE)
  • Position:Senior Lecturer in English Literature
  • Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries, and Education (ACE)
  • Telephone:+4411732 87809
  • Email:Mariadele.Boccardi@uwe.ac.uk

About me

I joined UWE in 2003 and have since taught on a range of modules across first, second and third year. I teach specialist modules on the country house in British fiction in the inter-war period (level 2) and on contemporary British fiction (level 3). I took over the role of Programme Leader for English Literature and English Literature with Writing in 2016. 

My research centres on contemporary historical fiction, which was the subject of a monograph entitled The Contemporary British Historical Novel: Representation, Nation, Empire (Palgrave 2009). I also wrote a book on A.S. Byatt for Palgrave (2013). I have published several academic articles and book chapters on the historical novel, Scottish literature, and colonial narratives. I have also presented my work at numerous academic conferences in the UK, Europe and the United States. 

My current project, Environmental Neo-Victorianism, is a study of the representation of colonial landscape in contemporary fiction set in the nineteenth century. I use a combination of ecocritical and postcolonial theories to explore how Neo-Victorian literature historicises the current environmental crisis by tracing its origins to long-standing colonial and capitalist practices.

I am currently supervising a PhD project on David Peace's Red Riding Quartet in relation to its representation of the media. I am open to enquiries about doctoral supervision. I am particularly interested in supervising PhDs on the historical novel, Neo-Victorianism, and literature and the environment. PhD applicants should consider the South, West & Wales Doctoral Training Partnership, which competitively funds projects to be co-supervised across two institutions. I am happy to work with applicants to strengthen their bids for this funding.


Area of expertise

Contemporary British Fiction


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