We are pleased to introduce the first in our new monthly series of short videos presenting research projects related to the Centre for Book Culture and Publishing.

The first researcher to present her work is Elisa Bolchi, Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Reading. Her research project Virginia Woolf and Italian Readers studies the reception of Virginia Woolf in Italy with an interdisciplinary approach. From the first translations of Woolf’s novels during Fascism up to her influence on contemporary artists and writers, this project identifies the key stages of Woolf’s Italian reception in relation to the political, cultural and institutional factors that influenced publishers and translators over the years and it evaluates the processes of popularization and canonization that shaped Woolf’s standing in Italy.

Elisa Bolchi has carried on her research at the Hogarth Press archives, held at the University of Reading Special Collections, housed at MERL, as well as in many Italian publisher’s historical archives such as Mondadori, Einaudi, Feltrinelli, Bompiani and Rizzoli. More information on her project can be found on her research website.

You can watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d36S2jv6FPw&t=24s