Professor Barbara Kornacka

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Professor Barbara Kornacka
Master's Degrees in 1994 (History of Art) and in 1996 (Romance Languages and Literature); PhD in 2000, and her Habilitation in 2017
Position/Fellowship type:
Associate Members - Associate Professor in Italian (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan)
Institute of Languages Cultures and Societies
Home institution:
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Language and Literature (Italian)
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Barbara Kornacka is Associate Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literature of the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, specializing in Italian contemporary literature. She obtained Master's Degrees in 1994 (History of Art) and in 1996 (Romance Languages and Literature), her PhD in 2000, and her Habilitation in 2017. Her research interests focus on the body and corporeality and she has published on sexuality, gender, queer, sensory perception, and disease in Italian contemporary fiction. She is particularly interested in the work of Dacia Maraini, Melania Mazzucco, Margaret Mazzantini, Isabella Santacroce, and Goliarda Sapienza. Her book Ucho, oko, cialo. O prozie 'mlodych pisarzy' lat osiemdziesiatych i dziewiecdziesiatych we Wloszech [Ear, Eye, Body] was published in 2013. The narrative of young writers of the 1980s and 1990s in Italy won the 2014 Flaiano Prize in Italian Studies. She is also the author of Fenomen 'mlodych pisarzy' w literaturze wloskiej konca XX wieku [The Phenomenon of Young Writers in Italian Literature at the end of the 20th century], published in 2016, and of articles on Italian postcolonial writing, especially on Igiaba Scego and Gabriella Ghermandi.

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