Research Profile

Martina Piperno


I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University College Cork, Ireland. I completed my doctorate in Italian Stuides at the University of Warwick, UK, with a thesis on Leopardi and Vico. My first book Rebuilding Post-Revolutionary Italy: Leopardi and Vico’s “New Science”, has just appeared in the series Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment. I have written on Giacomo Leopardi, Giambattista Vico and Carlo Levi for international scientific journals such as Comparative Critical StudiesThe ItalianistI Tatti StudiesFilologia e Critica, and L’ellisse. I have been collaborating continuously with the Laboratorio Leopardi at the La Sapienza University in Rome, where I obtained my degree in 2012 with a thesis on Leopardi's lexicon directed by Novella Bellucci and Franco d'Intino, which received the “Anna Leopardi” prize for a thesis (2012), and is assigned by the Centro Nazionale di Studi Leopardiani in Recanati.

Research Interests

My research is situated at the intersection between Italian Studies, Philosophy, and Classical Reception; specifically, I study the transformations of the conception of time and temporality in modern Italy and Europe (from 1789 to the present). The object of my attention is the conception of the ancient – ancient/Classical literature, history, visual legacy – and the forms of its survival in modernity. I dedicated my PhD research to Italian post-revolutionary culture: I observed changing approaches to ancient culture after the French Revolution, which acted as a fracture in the continuumof history. The reception of Giambattista Vico’s New Sciencein post-Napoleonic Italy, and specifically in Giacomo Leopardi, was an effective case study. I analyzed the articulation of the perception of time around the “breaches” of 1789 and 1815 – in the sense proposed by François Hartog in Régimes d’historicité– in literature and the printed press. A model for this analysis was Hayden White’s Metahistory: however, I have innovatively applied White’s approach to literature. The results of my research have been published in my first monograph, Rebuilding Post-Revolutionary Italy: Leopardi and Vico’s “New Science”(Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2018).

Research Grants

Start DateEnd DateAward
The Other (in) Italy - Survival and Legacy of the ItalicsIrish Research Council



(2018)Rebuilding Post-Revolutionary Italy: Leopardi and Vico's New Science.
Martina Piperno (2018) Rebuilding Post-Revolutionary Italy: Leopardi and Vico's New Science. Oxford: Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment. [Details]

Book Chapters

(2018)'‘Myth and Classical Antiquity in Carlo Levi’s “Cristo si è fermato a Eboli”’'
Martina Piperno (2018) '‘Myth and Classical Antiquity in Carlo Levi’s “Cristo si è fermato a Eboli”’' In: Echoing Voices in Italian literature: Tradition and Translation in the 20th Century, ed. by T. Franco and C. Piantanida. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars. [Details]
(2018)'L'antico e il moderno'
Martina Piperno, Fabio Camilletti (2018) 'L'antico e il moderno' In: Giacomo Leopardi ed. by M. Natale and F. D’Intino (. Roma: Carocci. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

(2018)'Vico’s “Constructive” Language and its Post-Revolutionary Readers’'
Martina Piperno (2018) 'Vico’s “Constructive” Language and its Post-Revolutionary Readers’'. Comparative Critical Studies, 15 (2) [Details]
(2017)'Nothing to Declare? Authorship and Contradiction In and Around Leopardi’s “Canti”'
Martina Piperno (2017) 'Nothing to Declare? Authorship and Contradiction In and Around Leopardi’s “Canti”'. The Italianist, 37 (1) [Details]
(2017)'Eccetto l’Ariosto”. Giacomo Leopardi legge l’“Orlando furioso”’'
Martina Piperno (2017) 'Eccetto l’Ariosto”. Giacomo Leopardi legge l’“Orlando furioso”’'. I Tatti Studies, 20 (2) [Details]

Professional Activities

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Modern Language Association Fellow/
Society for Italian Studies Member/


 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
CASiLaC board Representative of the Postdocs/


 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Institute of Advanced Study - Warwick Early Career Fellow/


2012Sapienza Università di Roma MAItalian Literature
2016Warwick University PhDItalian
2009Sapienza Università di Roma BAItalian Literature



Outreach Activities


Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Since the start of my PhD at Warwick (October 2012) I have taught more then 250 students in seminars and lectures across 6 different undergraduate courses and 1 MA course, and supervised one undergraduate dissertation. I have worked in different countries and universities, and I have been able to adapt my teaching style to different contexts. My teaching experience include cross-linguistic undergraduate modules as UCC’s Travel writingand Cultural Capitals, co-taught with colleagues in French, German, Hispanic, where I designed the section on Italy and taught international classics like Germaine De Staël’s Corinne, or Italy, and Goethe’s Italian Journey, and Jewish authors like Enrico Castelnuovo (The Moncalvos). During my PhD and Teaching Fellowship at the University of Warwick, I also taught 19th and 20th century Italian literature and culture at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level (see CV), tackling topics ranging from Introduction to Italian culture (Ungaretti, Calvino, Fo, Ginzburg), to travel literature (De Staël) and Risorgimento poetry (Foscolo, Manzoni). Furthermore, at the University of Warwick I have acquired solid experience of language teaching. I have taught Advanced Italian Language for three years and I have received the Postgraduate Award in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, which included specific sessions on language learning. My duties included the design of modules and lectures, in conjunction with the other members of the teaching team. My Italian language sessions, entirely designed by me, were especially focused on oral communication: in order to engage with students, I made use of games (for example, a facilitated version of Taboo) and audiovisual technology as tools to boost the students’ engagement. 

Contact details

  • Martina Piperno
    Postdoctoral Fellow
  • O Rahilly Building, 1st floor
    University College Cork
    College Road

  • Postodoctoral Researcher

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First Floor Block A West, O' Rahilly Building, University College Cork, Ireland