Chiara Barni

Research and Teaching Interests

Modernism, Cinema, Travel Literature, Comparative Literature


Chiara Barni is a first year Ph.D. candidate in Italian Studies. She graduated from the University of Pisa in Modern Languages and Literatures, where she also completed a study abroad period at Royal Holloway, University of London. She subsequently earned a Master’s Degree in Comparative Literature and Criticism at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and a second Master’s Degree in Italian Studies at Boston College, where she was recipient of the Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award.

Her research focuses on modern literature – especially that of the 19th and 20th centuries. Given her comparative background, she is passionate about new emergences and reworkings of classic topoi, as well as the interweavings between different arts. Currently, she is interested in the imagery of ruins and the unresolved paradox between the chase for modernization and the burden of archeological heritage. Other research interests include Italian Cinema, travel literature, Baroque poetry, and urban studies.



“The Spirit of the South: Mediterranean “Otherness” according to the Northerners”. Romance EReview, vol. 22.

“Italy as an Imaginary Place: Rejection, Exoticness, and Identification”. GLITSe.