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Emma Frances Bond


Emma Frances Bond
Postal address:
School of Modern Languages
Buchanan Building, Union St
St Andrews
United Kingdom


Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 462033

Research overview

I am primarily interested in the transnational circulation of people, texts, and – increasingly – of objects and cultural artifacts. I have published widely on contemporary migration, including two co-edited volumes: Destination Italy: Representing Migration in Contemporary Media and Narrative, and Il confine liquido, the first comprehensive study of Italian-Albanian cultural and literary relations. I am also interested in mapping the memories and legacies of Italian colonialism in the Horn of Africa in contemporary diasporic literature.

My new monograph, Writing Migration through the Body (2018), builds a study of the body as a mutable site for negotiating and articulating the transnational experience of mobility. At its core stands a selection of recent migration stories in Italian, placed into dialogue with related material from cultural studies and the visual arts. Drawing on phenomenology, anthropology, human geography and memory studies, it explores the ways in which the skin itself operates as a border, and brings to the surface the processes by which a sense of place and self are communicated through the migrant body.

My interest in the transnational movement of objects has developed through an interdisciplinary impact project around Scotland’s role in the transatlantic sugar trade, in collaboration with the Watt Institution in Greenock. More information about the “Sugaropolis” project is available on the School's impact pages. This has led to a new year-long funded network exploring the stories of empire and colonialism within Scottish museums, called “Transnational Scotland”. 

I have also worked extensively on Italo Svevo, the literature of Trieste, and psychoanalytic literary theory. Within this field I published my first monograph Disrupted Narratives: Illness, Silence and Identity in Svevo, Pressburger and Morandini (2012) and co-edited the volume Freud and Italian Culture (2009).

I am co-editor of the Transnational Italian Cultures series (Liverpool University Press) and Section Editor for Comparative Literature for Modern Languages Open.

I continue to welcome enquiries from postgraduate students on all aspects of modern and contemporary Italian and Comparative Literature, especially material culture, body studies, and migration, transnational and border narratives.

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