Dr Tiziana Morosetti holds a laurea (MA equivalent) in Foreign Languages and Literatures (English and German) from the Università degli Studi Roma Tre, and a Ph.D in Literatures and Cultures in English (African Literatures) from the Alma Mater Studiorum-Università di Bologna. She taught at Bologna before moving to the UK as a Marie Curie Research Fellow at Oxford, where she investigated representations of the ‘exotic’ and the non-European ‘Other’ in Georgian and Victorian drama. Her current research explores representations of race, otherness and Blackness in 19th-century and contemporary British theatre. Her other field of expertise is African theatre, with teaching and research on the Nigerian stage and the work of Femi Osofisan in particular. Tiziana is the current General Secretary of the African Theatre Association (AfTA), as well as the co-founder and deputy director of the journal Quaderni del ’900, and she is also a member of the Centre for Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths.
- PDF Learning, Teaching and Assessing Award, University of Oxford 2017
- PhD in Literatures and Cultures in English (African Literatures), Alma Mater Studiorum-Università di Bologna 2006
- Laurea (MA equivalent) in Foreign Languages and Literatures (English and German), Università degli Studi Roma Tre 2001
Teaching and Supervision
Tiziana’s work has focused on two main areas, African Theatre (especially Nigerian drama and the work of Femi Osofisan), and the representation of race, blackness, and the ‘Other’ in 19th-century and contemporary British theatre and popular performance. On these areas she has published widely, including one monograph on Nigerian theatre in English (2009), four edited collections, and several essays. She is currently writing a monograph on the representation of Blackness and African cultures in Georgian and Victorian drama. Tiziana is also interested in African literature more widely, including research and publications on speculative and crime fiction from Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. Other interests include Postcolonial Italian literature, on which she published in 2005 the first collection of essays on the subject, and intersections between Italian and English literatures. The theatre of W.H. Auden, on which she published a monograph (2009), remains an ongoing passion.
Further profile content
Africa on the Contemporary London Stage
A collection of essays on representations of Africa on the London stage from 1950 to the present, and on the activity of African playwrights and companies in London
‘Etc. Etc.: Replicating the ‘Exotic’ Body on the Nineteenth-Century British Stage’
An essay on the use and replication of ‘exotic’ images and racial stereotypes across the Georgian and Victorian stage
Staging the Other in Nineteenth-Century British Drama
A collection of essays on representations of otherness and diversity in Georgian and Victorian drama, and their legacy
‘Black on Black: (In)visibility in African Literary Heterotopias’
An essay on African speculative fiction
La letteratura postcoloniale italiana
A collection of essays on Postcolonial literature in Italian, as well as on the representation of colonies in Italian writing
Goldsmiths Research Centres/Groups/Projects
Conferences and talks
‘Sara Baartman and the Archive’
The Nineteenth Century Archive as a Discourse of Power
‘On Sozaboy’s Darkness: Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Biafra War'
Igbo Conference – Legacies of Biafra
‘Triggering Thriller(s): Eddie Iroh’s 48 Guns for the General’
African Popular Cultures Workshop – Biafra 50 Years on
‘Exotic Bodies on the 19th-century British Stage: Empire in Miniature’
Reading and Replicating Bodies: Mimicry in Medicine and Culture, 1790-1914
Grants and awards
European Union FP7 (Marie Curie Actions) REA
Marie Curie Research Fellowship
Tiziana has long-term experience of supervision of undergraduate and Master’s dissertations, and welcomes enquiries in the fields of British Theatre (especially Black British); African Theatre; representations of race, blackness, and otherness in 19th-century and British theatre and popular performance (freak shows, ‘human zoos’, world fairs, and the circus); German Theatre; Italian Theatre; the theatre of W.H. Auden and the 30s more generally.