About Dr Giorgia Alù

Dr Giorgia Alù’s research interests include: travel writing; migration writing (with particular focus on Italian migration at the turn of the twentieth century); nineteenth-century representations of Italy; women’s writing; the relationship between literature and photography.

Dr Giorgia Alù has a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Warwick (UK). Her research interests range from nineteenth-century Italian cultural history to comparative literature and visual studies. She has taught at the University of Warwick and at the University of Reading (UK). Dr Alù is currently editing a book on the interactions between Italian literature and photography. She is also working on a monograph on memory, photography and mobility in twentieth-century Italian women’s writings.

Selected publications


Beyond the Traveller’s Gaze: British Expatriate Women in Sicily (1848-1910), Peter Lang: New York/Oxford, 2008.

‘Re-locating the Past: Photographs, Family and Migration Stories in Anna Maria Riccardi’s Cronache dalla collina and Elena Gianini Belotti’s Pane amaro’, The Italianist, 1 (2010).
‘Framing life: British women’s visual narratives of Sicily at the beginning of the 20th century’, in Le Mezzogiorno des écrivains européens / Europeans Writing the Mezzogiorno, ed. by Béatrice Bijon, Yves Clavaron and Bernard Dieterle, (St-Etienne: Presses Universitaires de St-Etienne, 2006), pp.175-185.
‘Writing the familial past: historical and personal memoir in Sicily and England: Political and Social Reminiscences, 1848-1870, by Tina Scalia Whitaker’, Journal of Anglo-Italian Studies, vol.8 (2006), 213-242.
‘Pan, the Saint and the Peasant: Southern Italian Bodies Imag(in)ed at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century’, Mediterranean Studies, vol.14 (2005), 203-224.
‘The Unknown Sicily of Louise Hamilton Caico’, Studies in Travel Writing, 6 (2002), 78-95 (300 - 500 words)