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Dr Antonella Castelvedere

Senior Lecturer in English Literature and BA 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.


For the BA (Hons) English courses, Antonella teaches the following modules:

  • Transgressive Lines: Poetry in the Seventeenth Century
  • Critical Theory
  • Versions of Modernism
  • After the Apocalypse: Writing the Contemporary
  • Dissertation in English (contributor)

For the MA Creative and Critical Writing, Antonella teaches the following modules:

  • Creative and Critical Writing Workshops
  • Dissertation Project (supervisor)

Research interests

Early modern and modern poetry, contemporary fiction, and postmodern critical theory. Antonella 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

'Staging the Apocalypse: Contemporary Writing and Critical Pedagogy in the Teaching of the Humanities' Advance HE Teaching and Learning Conference, July 2020. 

‘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