Mariarosa Bricchi

Università degli Studi di Pavia

"The other side of philology": stories of literary creation


Mariarosa Bricchi received a Ph.D. from the University of Pavia with a dissertation on Archaic and Literary Vocabulary in the 19th Century Italian Narrative Prose, which was then revised and published as a book under the title "La roca trombazza. Lessico arcaico e letterario nella prosa narrativa dell'Ottocento italiano" (Alessandria, Edizioni dell'Orso, 2000). 

Besides the literary language of the Ottocento (she is currently working on the syntax of Alessandro Manzoni's essays), her areas of interest are: 20th Century Italian and English speaking literature; history of publishing; the process of literary creation, both from the philologists' point of view (the making of a work through manuscript evidence) and the authors' point of view. On these subjects she has published articles, essays and two books, one on Beppe Fenoglio, one on Giorgio Manganelli. 

She is currently professore a contratto of History of the Italian Language at the University of Pavia.