School of History

Dr Paolo Gervasi


Marie Curie Research Fellow



I work as a Marie Curie Fellow on the project Misshaping by Words. Literary Caricature Between Texts, Images and Mental Models, addressing the meaning of caricature in literary texts from both an historical and cognitive perspective. I graduated and obtained my Phd in Italian Literature at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, where I also was a Research Fellow at the CTL Lab, working on the ERC project Looking at Words Through Images.


Research Interests:

My current research builds on two transdisciplinary axes: the relationships  between literary texts and visual arts, and the convergence between neurocognitive studies and literary representations of the human beeing. Previously, I was involved in a digital humanities project analysing the interactions between texts and images in the Renaissance illustrated book, while my Phd thesis addressed the hybridisation of literature and criticism within the tradition of the essay, particularly focusing on the 20th Century Italian context.


My main research interests concern:

  • history of literary criticism in relation with publishing and book history
  • relationships between the transformation of the media system and literary forms
  • Cognitive poetics and the study of literature through the insights of mind sciences
  • Digital humanities, with a particular focus on the representation of the interrelations between visual and literary cultures

Editorial Positions 

I am member of the editorial board of the publishing house Mediaevo – luca sossella editore