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Dr Ruth Glynn

Dr Ruth Glynn

Dr Ruth Glynn
B.A.(NUI, Galway), M.A.(NUI, Dublin), Ph.D.(Birm.)

Reader in Modern Italian Culture

Office G110, 21 Woodland Rd
21 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1TE
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My research interests lie in late twentieth-century Italian culture. Current research focuses on cultural responses to Naples and the relationship between Naples and the Italian nation. Forthcoming publications in this field include the study of cultural representations of the Allied Occupation of the city in 1943-44, paying close attention to the gendering of discourses relating to Naples and the Italian nation-state, and an article addressing critical theory engagements with Naples, from the 1920s to the present. Recent research has focused on cultural representations of Italy’s experience of political violence and terrorism in the anni di piombo, with particular reference to the psychological trauma associated with women’s participation in the violence of the anni di piombo. My monograph, Women, Terrorism and Trauma (2013), pioneers the application of a trauma studies approach to the cultural production addressing the anni di piombo and to women's participation in political violence. Associated publications include a series of articles addressing women and terrorism through the prism of trauma theory, as well as co-edited volumes on cinematic representations of Italian terrorism (Terrorism, Italian Style, 2012) and on the cultural legacy of the 1978 kidnapping and murder of statesman, Aldo Moro (Remembering Aldo Moro, 2012). Prior research publications include a monograph addressing the relationship between the contemporary historical novel and philosophy of history (Contesting the Monument: The Anti-Illusionist Historical Novel), and a series of articles on postmodernist literature and critical thought.


Ruth Glynn studied Italian and Classical Civilization at the National University of Ireland, Galway, before proceeding to an MA in Italian Studies at University College Dublin. She subsequently completed her PhD at the University of Birmingham and lectured at the University of Leeds (1999-2000) before being appointed to the Italian Department in Bristol in 2000.


My teaching is closely related to my research interests. At undergraduate level, I have designed and deliver the following courses: 

ITAL30045 Naples: Culture, Identity and Nation

ITAL30043 Anni di piombo: The Culture of Violence

ITAL20030 Destination Italy: Cultural Responses to Migration

MODL23017 Women and Nation


I also contribute to the following units:

ITAL10029 Modern Italy

ITAL30001 (Italian-English Translation) 


At Postgraduate level, I contribute to the MA in Modern Languages and the MA in Translation. I also supervise MPhil and PhD students in Italian. 



  • cultural representations of the anni di piombo; women
  • terrorism and trauma; Italian cultural studies

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