Title: Post-Doctoral Fellow
Affiliation: Università di Torino
Virginia Pignagnoli is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Torino (Project Open Literature). Her research focuses primarily on twenty-first century Anglo-American literature and narrative theory. In March 2014 she received her PhD in American Literature from the University of Venice, Ca’ Foscari. She holds a BA degree from the University of Modena (Italy) in Cultural Studies, and an MA in English Literature from the University of Parma (Italy). She spent a year (2007-2008) as Erasmus student at Cardiff University, School of European Languages (UK). During her doctoral studies, she has been an exchange student at GSU (Atlanta, USA) and a visiting scholar at OSU, Project Narrative (Columbus, USA) and a visiting scholar at the University of Groningen, Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG). She participated at a summer school in American studies (University of Graz, Austria, 2011), and at two summer schools (IPIN 2012 & SINS 2013) in narrative theory and narrative studies organized by the University of Aarhus (Denmark). Her latest publications include: “Narrative Theory and the Brief and Wondrous Life of Post-Postmodern Fiction” (Poetics Today, forthcoming), “Paratextual Interferences: Patterns and Reconfigurations for Literary Narrative in the Digital Age” (AJCN 2016), “Sincerity, Sharing and Authorial Discourses On the Fiction/Nonfiction Distinction: The Case of Dave Eggers’s You Shall Know Our Velocity” (2016) and “Surveillance in Post-Postmodern American Fiction: Dave Eggers’s The Circle, Jonathan Franzen’s Purity and Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story” (2017). Her article “Contemporary American Travel Narratives: Dave Eggers’s Heroes of the Frontier and Catherine Lacey’s Nobody is Ever Missing” is forthcoming for RSA Journal.
She is currently completing her book-length study on digital epitexts in contemporary American literature.