Alexandra Hills

14 March 2013

Alexandra Hills

Alexandra Hills is completing her doctoral dissertation on the legacies of war in post-war Austrian and Italian literature and film; her thesis focuses on the theory of creatureliness and explores the ways in which the body becomes the primary bearer of historical significance in reckonings with the Second World War. Her thesis deals with works by Pasolini, Cavani, Elsa Morante, Anna Mitgutsch, Elisabeth Reichart, Thomas Bernhard, Primo Levi, Curzio Malaparte and Ilse Aichinger. 

She has taught German and Italian translation, as well as Modern Italian Literature at UCL and is completing her thesis within the "Reverberations of War" AHRC project. 

Her publications are ‘Die post-traumatische Kreatur bei Primo Levi und Ilse Aichinger’ in Sarah Mohi von Känel and Christoph Steier (eds) Nachkriegskörper: Prekäre Korporealitäten in der deutschsprachigen Literatur des 20. Jahrhunderts (Königshausen & Neumann, 2013), (in press) ‘Creaturely Bodies and the End of History in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Salò and Liliana Cavani’s The Night Porter’ in Thinking Italian Animals (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), (in press) 'Fantasising in a Dream City: History and Memory in Vienna in Ingeborg Bachmann’s Malina and Liliana Cavani’s The Night Porter’ in Fear and Fantasy in a Modern World (Rodopi, 2014)

Alexandra is now teaching Modern Languages at secondary level.