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Professor Derek Duncan

Professor Derek DuncanContact Details

ded3@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone: 01334 463668
Office: Buchanan 303

Module surgery hours:
Research leave 2015/16

Full research profile

Research and Teaching

My research focuses mainly on modern Italian literature and film with a particular emphasis on issues of sexuality, gender, and colonial/postcolonial Italy. I am particularly interested in texts which explore the intersection of identities grounded in constructions of sexuality/gender and of race/ethnicity. I draw extensively on Queer Theory and Postcolonial Theory and explore the issues of transcultural interpretation they raise when they move into the Italian context. My current project is a book on cinema dealing with migration to Italy, provisionally titled Postcolonial Italian Cinema: Entanglements, and I'm also co-editing Transnational Modern Languages: A Handbook (LUP), essays written for undergraduates by leading figures in Modern Languages on the discipline's core issues.

I am founding Senior Editor of the Cultural Studies issue of the long-established journal Italian Studies, and an Editor of two new book series with Liverpool University Press:

Transnational Italian Cultures:
http://liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/collections/series-transnational-italian-cultures

Transnational Modern Languages:
http://liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/collections/series-transnational-modern-languages

I am currently one of the lead investigators on the AHRC funded project "Transnationalizing Modern Languages: Mobility Identity and Translation in Modern Italian Cultures" (http://www.transnationalmodernlanguages.ac.uk). As part of this I've been working with Drummond CHS and Castlebrae CHS in Edinburgh bringing language cultural translation into new curriculum areas. This short video introduces what we’ve been doing and the people involved https://vimeo.com/158337501.

PhD Supervision

Jacopo Colombini, Elisa Walker

Publications

National Belongings: Hybridity Italian Colonial and Postcolonial Cultures
Duncan, D. E. & Andall, J. 2010 Oxford: Peter Lang Publishing. (Italian Modernities; vol. 7)
Research output: Book/ReportBook

The Legacy and Memory of Italian Colonialism
Duncan, D. E. & Andall, J. 2005 Oxford: Peter Lang Publishing.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Reading and Writing Italian Homosexuality: a case of possible difference
Duncan, D. E. 2005 Aldershot and Burlington: Ashgate.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Cultural Encounters: European Travel Writing in the 1930s
Duncan, D. E. & Burdett, C. 2002 Oxford: Berghahn Press.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

 

Eduardo Paolozzi and Jackie Kay: histories of affiliation
Duncan, D. E. & Sinopoli, F. (ed.) 2016 Trans-culture: Migration and Literature in Contemporary Europe. International Association of Comparative Literature
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Things: Laura Pariani’s transnational fictions and histories
Duncan, D. E. 2016 Women and the Public Sphere in Modern and Contemporary Italy. Essays for Sharon Wood' . Troubador (incl. Italian Studies)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

L'odore del colonialismo: vecchi odori e nuove memorie
Duncan, D. E. 2016 Presente imperfetto; eredita' coloniali e immaginari razziali contemporanei. Gavano, V. & Grechi, G. (eds.). Milan: Mimesis editore, p. 55-64 9 p. (Passato prossimo)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The Postcolonial Afterlife of Primo Levi
Duncan, D. E. 2015 Destination Italy: Representing Migration in Contemporary Media and Narrative. Bond, E., Bonsaver, G. & Faloppa, F. (eds.). Oxford: Peter Lang, p. 287-301 14 p. (Italian Modernities)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The Queerness of Italian Cinema
Duncan, D. E. 2015 The Blackwell Companion to Italian Cinema . Burke, F. (ed.). Blackwells
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Shooting the Colonial Past in Contemporary Italian Cinema: Effects of Deferral in Good Morning Aman
Duncan, D. E. 2012 Postcolonial Italy: Challenging National Homogeneity. Lombardi-Diop, C. & C. R. (eds.). New York: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 115-24 9 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

'Is it because I'm a wop?: Queer Diaspora and Postcolonial Italy
Duncan, D. E. 2012 New Persepctives in Italian Cultural Studies: Volume 1: Definitions, Theory, and Accented Practices. Parati, G. (ed.). Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, p. 175-93 18 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Grave Unquiet: the Mediterranean and its Dead
Duncan, D. E. 2011 Mediterranean Travels: Writing Self and Other from the Ancient World to Contemporary Society. Crowley, P., Humble, N. & Ross, S. (eds.). Oxford: Legenda, p. 209-22 14 p. (Legenda)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Kledi Kadiu: Managing Postcolonial Celebrity
Duncan, D. E. 2010 National Belongings: Hybridity Italian Colonial and Postcolonial Cultures. Andall, J. & Duncan, D. (eds.). Oxford: Peter Lang, p. 195-214 20 p. (Italian Modernities; vol. 7)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Kledi Kadiu: Italian National Cinema and Postcolonial Stardom
Duncan, D. E. 2009 Celebrity Colonialism: Fame, Power and Representation in Colonial and Postcolonial Cultures. Clarke, R. (ed.). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, p. 225-38 13 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Popular Culture
Duncan, D. E. & Papanikolaou, D. 2008 The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory . 1 ed. Vol. 16, p. 302-24 22 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

 

Translanguaging: Claudio Giovannesi’s postcolonial practices
Duncan, D. E. 19 Aug 2016 In : Transnational Cinemas. 14 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The geopolitics of spectatorship and screen identification: what's queer about Italian cinema?
Duncan, D. E. Jun 2013 In : The Italianist. 33, 2, p. 256-261 5 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Double time: Facing the future in migration’s past
Duncan, D. E. 2011 In : California Italian Studies. 2, 1, p. 1-24 24 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Loving Geographies: queering straight migration to Italy
Duncan, D. E. Feb 2009 In : New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film. 6, 3, p. 167-182 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Italy’s postcolonial cinema and its histories of representation
Duncan, D. E. 1 Sep 2008 In : Italian Studies. 63, 2, p. 195-211 17 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The sight and sound of Albanian migration in contemporary Italian cinema
Duncan, D. E. 2007 In : New Readings. 8, 15 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle