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Dr Antonella Castelvedere

Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Course Leader

Dr Antonella Castelvedere is Course Leader for the BA (Hons) English Literature with Language and the BA (Hons) English Literature with Creative Writing. She holds a BA in Modern Languages and Literatures from the University of Milan and a PhD in Literature from the University of Essex. English and European poetry is her academic specialism and her other interests are modernity and postmodern theory. Her book Dimensions of Delicacy is a linguistic, literary and theoretical study of the notion of delicacy in the poetry of John Keats, Rainer Maria Rilke and Pier Paolo Pasolini. Her current research focuses on the relationship between poetry, performance and pedagogy. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Poetry Matters

Transgressive Lines: Poetry in the Seventeenth Century

Critical Theory

Versions of Modernism

After the Apocalypse: Writing the Contemporary

Dissertation in English Literature (Contributor)

Research interests

Early modern and modern poetry, contemporary fiction, and postmodern critical theory. Dr Castelvedere would welcome enquires from doctoral candidates with research interests in these areas.


Dimensions of Delicacy: The Poetics and Politics of Delicacy in the Poetry of Keats, Rilke and Pasolini, (Saarbrücken: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2011)

 ‘Neither Religion Nor Philosophy: The Language of Delicacy in Rilke’s Poetry’, German Life and Letters 63, 2, 2010, pp. 133-145.

Selected conference papers

‘Poetry and University in Translation’ Pedagogical Colloquium, E-Poetry, Kingston University London, June 2013.

‘A Certain Step of the Dance: Poetry, Performance, Pedagogy’ Mix: Transmedia Writing and Digital Creativity, Bath Spa University, July 2012.

‘Tenderness and Sacredness: A Postmodern Melancholia’ Poetry and Melancholia, University of Stirling, July 2011