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      Anna Viola Sborgi is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Genoa, Italy. She holds a PhD in Film Studies (King’s College London) and a PhD in Comparative Literature (University of Genoa). Her current research  project investigates post-2000 representations of housing across film and literature, focusing in particular on the role of tower-block and high-rise living within London’s skyline as a space for social and economic negotiation. She previously worked on the representation of gentrification in East London from the 1980s to the present. She co-edited the special issue “LondonIsOpen: London as a Cosmopolitan City in Contemporary Culture”, <i>Other Modernities</i> N. 20 (2018). Her recent publications include a chapter on the representations of the Grenfell Tower Fire, in <i>After Grenfell: Violence, Resistance and Response</i> (Pluto Press, 2019) and one on “Housing problems: Britain’s housing crisis and documentary” will be published in<i>Cinema of Crisis: Film and Contemporary Europe</i> (Edinburgh UP, July 2020).

      She taught a range of modules across Film and Literature as a sessional lecturer at The University of Genoa and King’s College London.

      Her research has focused on film and television and on the relationships between literature and visual culture. She has published journal articles and presented at conferences on different subjects, from British film and television to literary and visual portraiture in Modernism. She was the lead organiser of the Cities in Crisis symposium at King’s College London in November 2016 and she co-chairs the Space and Place workgroup at NECS (European Network for Cinema and Media Studies). She is an editorial board member at Mediapolis.



      Edited journal issue
      Sborgi, Anna Viola and Lawrence Napper, eds., “LondonIsOpen: London as a Cosmopolitan City in Contemporary Culture”, Special Issue, Altre Modernità/ Other Modernities N. 20 (2018), 

      Book chapters, journal articles, other publications.
       “Housing problems: Britain’s housing crisis and documentary”, in Cinema of Crisis: Film and Contemporary Europe, edited by Thomas Austin and Angelos Koutsourakis, Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, forthcoming July 2020.
      “‘Hanging up looking-glasses at odd corners’: The Multiple Portraits of Lady Ottoline Morrell (1873-1938)”, in Representations of the British Aristocracy,19th century-present, edited by Ian Duncan, Stefania Michelucci, Luisa Villa, Jefferson: McFarland, 2020.
      “From Water to Home: Permeability as Social Inclusion (And Exclusion) In Contemporary London”, No. 1, Roundtables, Mediapolis – A Journal of Cities and Culture Vol. 5march 25, 2020. <;
      “Porous Gateways: The London Docklands on Film and as Archive”, Mediapolis – A Journal of Cities and Culture, No. 1, Roundtables, Vol. 5, February 22, 2020.
      “Grenfell on Screen”, in After Grenfell: Violence, Resistance and Response, edited by Daniel Bulley, Jenny Edkins, Nadine El-Enany, London: Pluto Press, 2019, 97-118.
      “Editorial”, in Anna Viola Sborgi and Lawrence Napper, eds., “LondonIsOpen: London as a Cosmopolitan City in Contemporary Culture”, Special Issue, Altre Modernità/ Other Modernities N. 20 (2018), I-X, <>.
      In Conversation with Iain Sinclair, in Anna Viola Sborgi and Lawrence Napper (eds.), “LondonIsOpen: London as a Cosmopolitan City in Contemporary Culture”, Special Issue, Altre Modernità/ Other Modernities N. 20 (2018), 171-180,
      “‘The city belonged to you’: Derek Jarman, Londra e i Docklands”, in Laura Colombino, Davide Finco, Anna Giaufret, Michele Porciello, eds., “Periferie: percezioni, conflitti e rigenerazioni”, Special Issue, Publifarum, n. 28, 2017,
      “An Update on Grenfell”, Mediapolis – A Journal of Cities and Culture, No. 3, Vol. 2, September 30, 2017,

      “The Day Social Housing Hit Mainstream Media”, Mediapolis – A Journal of Cities and Culture, No. 3, Vol. 2, September 27, 2017, <>.

      So Far, so Close: the City Skyline and East London in Screen MediaFilm as Resonance, edited by Sander Hölsgens, and Thi Phuong-Trâm Nguyen, London: UCL Bartlett, 2017, 38-41.
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      “Italian Pictures’: il percorso futurista di Mina Loy”, in Prima e dopo il 1909: riflessioni sul Futurismo, edited by Leo Lecci and Manuela Manfredini. Rome: Aracne, 2014, 71-83.
      “Flashforward” in Osservatorio TV 2013, edited by Barbara Maio
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      Sex Talk. Grey’s Anatomy, in SEX! La Sessualità al Cinema e in Televisione, edited by Giada Da Ros, Ol3Media (Oltremedia), Università di Roma 3, Year 5, N. 12, December 2012,
      “To Think and Watch the Evil: The Turn of the Screw as Cultural Reference in Television from Dark Shadows to CSI”, in Babel, Littératures Plurielles (Université du Sud-Toulon-Var), N° 24, deuxiéme semestre 2011, 181-94.
      “Images of Turkey and Visions of Identity in Rose Macaulay’s The Towers of Trebisond (1956)”, in Massimo Bacigalupo and Luisa Villa, eds., The Politics and Poetics of Displacement: Modernism off the Beaten Track, Pasian di Prato, Udine: Campanotto, 2011, 113-126.
      “Paradiso perduto e mutazioni genetiche: il Post-human Garden di Maria Rebecca Ballestra” – in Changing Perspectives/Cambiando Prospettive (catalogue of the exhibition, Genoa, June–November 2011), edited by Paola Valenti, Genova: De Ferrari Editore, 2011, 63-68.
      “The garden is full of metal. Il giardino come luogo di contaminazione nell’opera di Derek Jarman e nell’arte contemporanea”, in Greta Perletti, ed., “Natura e Metaformosi”, Special Issue, Elephant & Castle n.3, April 2011,
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      Book review of Francesca Orestano and Francesca Frigerio, eds. Strange Sisters, Literature and Aesthetics in the Ninenteenth Century in Rivista di Letterature moderne e comparate 4/11, 469-471.
      “‘The Thing that Reads a Lot’: Bibliophilia, College Life, and Literary Culture in Gilmore Girls”, in Screwball Television: Gilmore Girls, edited by David Scott Diffrient and David Lavery, Syracuse, New York: Syracuse Press, 2010, 186-201.
      “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori. Militarismo e guerra nel cinema di Derek Jarman da War Requiem a Blue”, in Quaderni del dipartimento di lingue e letterature straniere moderne 17, University of Genoa, Genoa 2010, <>.
      “Scrubs: il musical sotto i ferri”, in Ol3Media (Oltremedia) – University of Rome 3, Year 3, N.8 June 2010,
       “Forme quotidiane dell’orrore: Twilight tra cinema e letteratura” in Ol3Media (Oltremedia), University of Rome 3, Year 3 – N. 7, January 2010,
      “Ford Madox Ford’s Literary Portraits”, in Ford Madox Ford and Visual Culture, International Ford Madox Ford Studies 8, edited by Laura Colombino, Amsterdam-New York: Rodopi, 2009, 119-134.
      “Una lettura a più voci: i Sonetti in The Angelic Conversation (1985) di Derek Jarman”, Quaderni del dipartimento di lingue e letterature straniere moderne, online edition, edited by Massimo Bacigalupo and Ida Merello, 2009, <>.
      Book review of Elisabetta Girelli, Beauty and the Beast: Italianness in British Cinema, Bristol, Intellect, 2009 in Ravenna II, Autumn 2009, <;.
      “Ritratti europei nell’opera di João Cabral de Melo Neto: gli scrittori anglosassoni”, in Palabras e Ideas, Ida e Vuelta, edited by Pierluigi Crovetto and Laura Sanfelici, Roma: University Press, Editori Riuniti, 2008, cd-rom version, 1-10.
      “Between literature and the visual arts: portraits of the self in William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore and Fernando Pessoa”, in Stories and Portraits of the Self, edited by Helena Carvalhão Buescu and João Ferreira Duarte, Amsterdam-New York: Rodopi, 2007, 267-279.
      “Reconfiguring the Past into the Present: Derek Jarman’s Elaboration of Heritage Culture”, in Maria Rita Cifarelli and Jane Garnett, eds., “Nation(S) and Cultural Heritage”, Special Issue, TEXTUS, English Studies in Italy, Vol 20 (2007) N. 2, Genova: Tilgher, 2007, 481-496.
      “Intersezioni tra Antonioni e Cortázar, tra gaze e glance”, in “I Cinque Sensi (per tacer del sesto)”, Quaderni di Synapsis VI, edited by Francesco Ghelli, Firenze: Le Monnier, 2007, 177-183.
      “Imagining October di Derek Jarman: racconto di due mondi”, C’era una volta in America. Cinema, maccartismo e guerra fredda, edited by Marco Cipolloni and Guido Levi, Alessandria: Edizioni Falsopiano, 2004, 245-255.



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