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Keir Douglas Elam

Professor

Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Academic discipline: L-LIN/10 English Literature

Curriculum vitae

Current Position

 

Professor of English Literature,

Faculty of Arts,

University of Bologna

 

Head of Department,

Department of Modern Languages

University of Bologna

 

 

University Address: Dipartimento di Lingue Straniere Moderne

Via Cartoleria, 5

40124 Bologna, Italy.

Tel. 0039-051-2097189

 

 

Personal

 

Born Bury St Edmunds, Great Britain, 27-7-1950

 

Resident In Bologna, Italy

Address: Via Cesare Pavese, 41,

40141 Bologna, Italy. Tel 0039-347-5314164

 

 

Former Positions

 

Professor of English Drama,

University of Florence (1994-2001)

 

Professor of English Language and Literature,

University of Pisa (1987-1994)

 

Research Fellow in English Language and Literature,

University of Florence (1981-1987)

 

Lecturer in English Language and Literature,

University of Florence (1977-1981)

 

 

Other Teaching Experience

 

Teaching Assistant, Summer School in English Literature,

Univer­sity of London, 1972

 

Part-time lecturer in English Literature, Westfield College,

University of London, 1972-4

 

Lecturer in English,

University of Bari, 1976-7

 

Lecturer in Italian Theatre and Cinema,

California State Universi­ty, Flo­rence, 1980-1

                            

 

Visiting Professor of English,

Boston University, 1992

 

 

Administrative Experience

 

Head of Department of English,

University of Pisa (1988-1991)

 

Director of Doctoral programme in English Literature and Drama, Universities of Pisa and Florence, 1989-91

 

Director, Inter-University Centre for Theatre in English (Universities of Florence, Pisa, Siena)

1994-

 

Coordinator of  Erasmus/Socrates exchanges with the Universities of Liverpool (1994-2001), London (1994-2001), Birmingham (2003-) and Bangor (2003-)

 

Head of Department of Modern Languages,

University of Bologna (2007-)

 

 

Education

 

BA (First-Class Honours), in English Language and Litera­ture,

University of London, 1969-1972

 

Postgraduate (PhD) Student, Department of English,

University College London, 1972-4

 

Special student (Harkness Fellow) Department of Linguistics,

UCLA, 1974-5

 

Special student (Harkness Fellow) Departments of English and Compara­tive Literature,

Yale University, 1975-6

 

Ph.D in English,

University of London, 1977

 

Laurea in modern Languages,

University of Florence, 1981

 

 

Grants And Fellowships

 

Old Students' Scholarship, Westfield College,

University of London, 1970-72

 

George Smith Scholarship,

University of London (granted to graduate with highest marks in English) 1972-3

 

British Government Major Award, for postgraduate research, 1972-4

                               

Harkness Fellowship of the Commonwealth Fund of New York, 1974-76 (Linguistics Department, UCLA, 1974-5; English and Comparative Litera­ture Departments, Yale University, 1975-6)

 

Funded Research

 

British Library, on Shakespearean drama and sixteenth-centu­ry language theory, 1972-4

 

UCLA, on contemporary linguistic and semiotic theory, 1974-5

 

Clark and Huntigton Libraries, Californis, on Renaissance Drama, 1974-5

 

Beinecke Library, Folger Shakespeare Library, Library of Con­gress, on Renaissance theories of language, 1975-6

 

Participation in group research project on the semiotics of drama, Rizzoli Foundation, Milan, 1977-8

 

Participation in Ministry of Education group research pro­ject "In Shakespe­are's laboratory: A semiotic analysis of the dramatiza­tion of narrative sour­ces in the English and Roman History Plays", University of Florence, 1977-1987

 

Participation in Ministry of Education group research pro­ject on dramatic conventions, University of Bologna, 1978-1985

 

Coordination of Ministry of Education group research project on the rheto­ric of contemporary drama, University of Pisa, 1988-90

 

Participation in Ministry of Education group research project on Shakespe­arian textual criticism, University of Florence, 1991-4

 

Participation in University of Florence Strategic  Research Project on ‘Marginal theatre in Early Modern England', 2001-6

 

Participation in Departmental research project on ‘Women's drama and the experimenting of theatrical genres in Romantic Europe, Bologna, 2001-3

 

Participation in Ministry of Education group research project on 'English Romantic Theatre(1760/1830): texts, theories and stage”, 2002-4

 

Participation in Departmental research project on  ‘Cultural identity and literary and dramatic genres from the 16th century to the 18th Century', Bologna 2003-5

 

Coordination of Ministry of Education Research Project of National Interest on “An Italian in London. The Italian presence on the British Stage from the Renaissance to Romanticism: typologies, migration, evolution”, 2006-

 

 

Editorships and editorial boards

 

Co-editor of Textus: English Studies in Italy, Genoa, 1994-2001

 

Member of  international editorial board of theatre journal Asaph, Tel Aviv, 1988-

 

Member of  international editorial advisory council (Drama/Theatre) of Anales de la literatura espanola contemporanea, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1990-

 

Consulting editor for  AIRS (Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies), Ashgate, 2004-

 

General editor of BUR  Shakespeare, Rizzoli, Milan (2005-)

 

General editor of the series Protagonisti della Cultura Europea, Liguori, Naples (2006-)

 

 

Associations

 

Member of AIA (Associazione Italiana di Anglistica), 1977; Member of AIA Research commission, 1979-1980)

 

Member of AISS (Associazione Italiana di Studi Semiotici), 1977-; national secretary and treasurer of the Association, 1981-3)

 

Member of IASS (International Association of Semiotic Stu­dies), 1979-

 

Member of Samuel Beckett Association, 1987-

 

Member of Italian Association of Comparative Literature and Literary Theory (1993- )

 

 

Organization Of Conferences

 

Organization and coordination of national conferences of Associa­tion of Semiotic Studies, 1982-3

 

Organization of International Symposium on the Semiotics of The­atre, Flo­rence, February 1982

 

Organization of international conference "Shakespeare To­day: Directions and Methods of Study", University of Flo­rence, Septem­ber 1983

 

Organization (with Alessandro Serpieri) of international confer­ence on "Shakespeare: La nostalgia dell'es­sere", Taormina, Au­gust, 1984

 

Organization (with Alessandro Serpieri) of international confer­ence "Nel laboratorio del drammaturgo", Taormina, August 1985;

 

Organization (with Alessandro Serpieri) of international confer­ence "Mettere in scena Shakespeare", Taormina, August 1986

 

Organization (with Alessandro Serpieri) of international confer­ence "L'Eros in Shakespeare", Taormina, August 1987

 

Organization (with Alessandro Serpieri) of international confer­ence on Ri­chard III, Taormina, August 1989

 

Organization (with Alessandro Serpieri) of international confer­ence on Beckett, Taormina, August 1990

 

Chair of seminar on language, International Shakespeare Confer­ence, Stratford-upon-Avon, August 1990

 

Organization (with others) of conference on "The languages of the passions", University of Pisa, October 1992

 

Organization (with Carla Dente) of international confer­ence on "Drama and Power" on the occasion of the 650th anniversary of the University of Pisa, Pisa, November 1994

 

Co-ordination (with William Carroll) of the seminar “Twentieth-Century Theories of Language and the Interpretation of Shakespeare”, Sixth World Shakespeare Congress, Los Angeles, April 1996.

 

Organization of International Conference “In the Company of Samuel Beckett”, Florence, May 1996.

 

Organization (with others) of International Conference “Shakespeare's Text(s): A Hundred Visions and Revisions”, Florence, May 1997

 

Organization of seminar on translating for the theatre, University of Pisa/Provincial Administration of Pisa, November 1998

 

Organization of  cultural event ‘'We Like Shakespeare', with Royal Shakespeare Company and Globe Theatre London, Bologna, April 2004