Dr Penny Morris

Co-Principal Investigator
Senior Lecturer in Italian
University of Glasgow

Dr Morris’s research interests lie in the social and cultural history of modern Italy, with a particular emphasis on the history and writing of women, the intersection between public and private, and the role of emotions in history. She has written on the writer and resistance activist Giovanna Zangrandi, on women in postwar Italy, on the writer Alba de Céspedes, on the reception of the Kinsey reports in the 1950s, and on feminism and affect in 1970s Italy. Dr Morris has organised, with Franceso Ricatti and Mark Seymour, the collaborative Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Modern Italy on the theme of ‘Italy and the Emotions: Perspectives from the 18th century to the Present’ (IGRS, London, 2009), and in addition to chairing the Translating Feminism steering committee, she was a lead investigator on the AHRC funded network ‘La Mamma: Interrogating the National Stereotype’ (2012–2014). Dr Morris is author of Giovanna Zangrandi: Una vita in romanzo (Cierre, 2000), as well as multiple articles and book chapters. She is editor of Women in Italy 1945–1960 (Palgrave, 2006); Italy and the Emotions, Special Issue of Modern Italy 17.2 (2012); and Politica ed emozioni nella storia d’Italia dal 1848 ad oggi (Viella, 2012). She is currently working on a critical anthology of Alba de Céspedes’ letters column in the 1950s as well as a book-length investigation into the role of advice columns and emotions in Italy.

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