Staff Profile


Dr Stefania Ciocia


School: School of Humanities

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 922338

Profile summary

Stefania is a Reader in Modern and Contemporary Literature.

She is the author of Vietnam and Beyond: Tim O’Brien and the Power of Storytelling (Liverpool UP, 2012; paperback 2014) and the co-editor of The Invention of Illusions: International Perspectives on Paul Auster (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011).

She is currently working on contemporary American short-story cycles; her article 'Psychopathologies Psychopathologies of the Island: Curses, Love and Trauma in Julia Alvarez’s How the García Girls Lost Their Accents and Junot Díaz’s This is How You Lose Her' will appear in a forthcoming issue of Journal of Modern Literature.

Stefania has also curated The Awakening and Selected Stories for Wordsworth Classics (September 2015). This is the first paperback to bring out in one volume Kate Chopin's extraordinary novel The Awakening (1899), along with the complete text of her two collections of short stories, Bayou Folk (1894) and A Night in Acadie (1897), and twelve uncollected tales.

Further research interests include minority and migrant literatures (especially in the American context), and women writers of noir. Her essay on Vera Caspary’s Laura and Otto Preminger’s eponymous cinematic adaptation will be published in Domestic Noir, edited by Laura Joyce and Henry Sutton for Palgrave Macmillan.

Other publications include essays on the novels of Sarah Waters, Derek Walcott’s Omeros, and crossover literature, such as Mark Haddon's popular The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. For a taster of Stefania's reading of Curious Incident and its relationship with detective fiction, see the short article featured as a learning resource on the National Theatre website:  

Stefania would be interested in supervising research in any of the above-mentioned areas.

Research and knowledge exchange

Stefania currently supervises research projects on sport in contemporary American fiction, and post-9/11 representations of terrorism.

Since October 2014, she has taken on the role of Director of Knowledge Exchange for the newly-established School of Humanities.

Teaching and subject expertise

At undergraduate level, Stefania teaches 'Mad, Sad and Bad: Women in American Literature' (Year 2) and  'Contemporary Ethnic American Literatures’ (Year 3). She also teaches the MA module ‘Modern and Contemporary Literature of Childhood’, and supervises a number of dissertations in 20th- and 21st century literature.

She has been the Programme Director for English Literature Combined Honours for three years (2011-2014).

External activities

Selected conference papers

‘Psychopathology of the Island: Love and Trauma in Julia Alvarez and Junot Díaz’, 10th Biannual Symbiosis  conference, University of Essex, 9-12 July 2015.

‘Lost in Cinematic Translation: The Gender Politics of The Blank Wall and its Big-Screen Adaptations’, “Retold, Resold, Transformed: Crime Fiction in the Modern Era”, University of Leeds, 17-18 September 2013.

‘The French Disease?: (Neo)Colonial Crimes and America’s Guilty Conscience in Paul Auster’s Invisible’, Transatlantic Studies Association conference, University of Cork, 9-12 July 2012.

‘A Doomed Romance? The Demise of the donna angelicata in Paul Auster’s Post-9/11 Novels’, British Association for American Studies conference, UEA, 8-11 April 2010.

‘Postmodern investigations and falls from grace: the case of Christopher Boone in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’, “The Hockliffe Conference: The History of Books for Children and Young Adults”, University of Bedfordshire, 16 June 2009.

‘The ethics and aesthetics of postmodern detection: the accidental investigator’, “Crime Cultures”, University of Portsmouth, 14-16 July 2008.

Blog entries

'The Lady Vanishes: American Women Writers and the Noir Canon',

'The 150thAnniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' and 

Publications and research outputs


Vietnam and Beyond: Tim O’Brien and the Power of Storytelling, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2012, 248 pp.. Pbk edition published in 2014.

Collection of essays

The Invention of Illusions: International Perspectives on Paul Auster, co-edited with Jesús González, Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011, 296 pp....

Selected articles in refereed journals

'"The World Loves an Underdog', or the Continuing Appeal of the Adolescent Narrative: A Comparative Reading of Vernon God Little, The Catcher in the Rye, and Huckleberry Finn", Children's Literature in Education, first published online in July 2016 and forthcoming in print.

‘Lost in Cinematic Translation: The “Soft-Boiled” Housewife in The Blank Wall and American Gender Politics after WWII’, in Literature/Film Quarterly, 43:3, 2015, 170-185.

‘The Career and Critical Reception of Paul Auster’, Literature Compass, 9:10, 2012, 642-53.

‘Postmodern Investigations: The Case of Christopher Boone in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’, Children’s Literature in Education, 40:4, 2009, 320-32. 

‘“Queer and Verdant”: The Textual Politics of Sarah Waters’s Neo-Victorian Novels’, Literary London Journal, 5:2, 2007,

'To Hell and Back: The Katabasis and the Impossibility of Epic in Derek Walcott's Omeros', Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 35:2, 2000, 87-103.

Book chapters

The Things They Carried in the Short-Story Cycle Tradition’, Critical Insights: Tim O’Brien, Robert C. Evans (Ed.), Amenia (NY): Salem Press, 2015, 82-102.

‘Rules Are Meant to Be Broken: 20th and 21st Century Crime Writing’, Introduction to Popular Fiction, Christine Berberich (Ed.), London: Bloomsbury, 2015, 108-28.

‘The Last of the Romantics? The Accidental Investigator in Postmodern Detective Fiction’, Legacies of Romanticism: Literature, Aesthetics, Landscape, Carmen Casaliggi and Paul March-Russell (Eds.), London: Routledge, 2012, 198-210.

 ‘Vernon God Little: A Future Crossover Classic?’, Brave New Worlds. Old and New Classics of Children’s Literature, Elena Paruolo (Ed.), Frankfurt-am-Main: Peter Lang, 2011, 105-20.


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