Thesis working title: Ou Topos – The impact of literature and utopia on industrialized Italy and Europe during the twentieth century
Supervisor: Associate Professor Ursula Fanning & Dr Danielle Petherbridge
Bianca Rita Cataldi was born in Bari, Italy, in 1992. In 2014 she graduated in Modern Literature at Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro”, where in 2016 she took her specialization in Modern Philology. She is a PhD candidate and Italian tutor at the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics of University College Dublin. The title of the thesis is «Ou Topos: The Impact of Literature and Utopia on Industrialized Italy and Europe in the Twentieth Century», with a particular focus on Adriano Olivetti’s utopia. She is supported by Dr. Ursula Fanning (main supervisor, School of Languages) and Dr. Danielle Pethersbridge (co-supervisor, School of Philosophy). Her essay “Mosche senza volo: l’utopia di Adriano Olivetti” has been published by the Italian academic review “Incroci: Semestrale di letteratura e altre scritture” in December 2017. She is now a resident scholar at UCD Humanities Institute.