Rosalba Biasini joined the Department in September as University Teacher in Italian Studies. She is from L’Aquila, Italy, where she graduated in Classics and Italian. In 2001 she moved to England, where she studied at the universities of Leeds and Manchester. She then completed her D.Phil. at Oxford, with a thesis on Italian partisan writer Beppe Fenoglio and the presence of the epic mode in his masterpiece Il partigiano Johnny (Johnny the Partisan, post. 1968).
Previous to her appointment at Liverpool, Rosalba taught Italian Language and Literature at the University of Oxford and at the European School in Culham, Oxfordshire. Her research interests sweep from literature and history of the Italian Resistance to intertexuality in literature, with special interests in the links between classical (Latin, Greek) literatures and Italian twentieth-century novelists. She has recently started to research in the field of L2/FL acquisition, and she is currently completing an MA in Teaching Italian as a Foreign Language with a graduating thesis on the use of translation as a learning tool.