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Dr Chiara Alfano

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

About

I am a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow specialising in the relationships between literature, philosophy and psychoanalysis, with a particular focus on lines of continuity between the early modern and the contemporary. 

I have written on literature and philosophy in Derrida Reads Shakespeare (EUP, 2019). My current project brings into conversation the portrayal of infancy in literary, philosophical, psychoanalytical, feminist, life-writing and cultural narratives from 1945 to the present in order to illuminate the historically contingent anxieties, as well as the intellectual and cultural contexts, that underly the complex portrayals of infancy, parenthood and self in Britain in this period.

As part of my inquiry into infancy, I have also written On Infancy and Scepticism: Cavell, Ordinary Language Philosophy and Psychoanalysis, which offers a bracingly novel interpretation of Ordinary Language Philosophy by tracing the figure of the infant through Cavell's oeuvre.

Areas of specialism

  • Literary theory
  • Philosophy (particularly ordinary language philosophy and deconstruction)
  • Psychoanalysis
  • 20th and 21st century literature
  • Shakespeare

Courses taught

Undergraduate

Postgraduate

Publications

Number of items: 4.

Article

Alfano, Chiara (2018) "No less poetry than thought" -- On Werner Hamacher's philology. Angelaki, 23(5), ISSN (print) 0969-725X (In Press)

Alfano, Chiara (2018) Towards an ordinary language psychoanalysis : on scepticism and infancy. New Literary History, 49(1), pp. 23-45. ISSN (print) 0028-6087

Book

Morgan Wortham, Simon and Alfano, Chiara, eds. (2016) Desire in ashes: deconstruction, psychoanalysis, philosophy. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. 190p. (Bloomsbury Studies in Continental Philosophy) ISBN 9781472529138

Book Section

Alfano, Chiara (2016) The King is dead! Long live the King! In: Morgan Wortham, Simon and Alfano, Chiara, (eds.) Desire in ashes : deconstruction, psychoanalysis, philosophy. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 161-185. (Bloomsbury Studies in Continental Philosophy) ISBN 9781472529138

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