Dr Marcello Giovanelli

Senior Lecturer in English Language and Literature

Co-Director: Centre for the Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture (CCISC) 

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I am a stylistician with particular interests in the application of Text World Theory and Cognitive Grammar to literary discourse. My monograph, the first book-length study of a canonical English poet using Text World TheoryText World Theory and Keats' Poetry: The Cognitive Poetics of Desire, Dreams and Nightmares, was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2013. A textbook, written with my colleague Dr Chloe Harrison, Cognitive Grammar in Stylistics is currently in press and is to be published in September 2018. I am currently researching how the experience of war is variously construed in the poetry, prose and diaries of Siegfried Sassoon.

I am also interested in language and literature in education including applications of cognitive linguistics in pedagogical contexts and the ways in which literature is discussed and studied in educational settings. For more on this see the studyingfiction website which I run with Dr Jessica Mason (Sheffield Hallam University). 

For several years, I have co-directed the Integrating English project with Dr Andrea Macrae (Oxford Brookes University) and Professor Billy Clark (Northumbria University). We are interested in developing more integrated approaches to the subject at all levels of education. We run annual summer conferences for secondary teachers, produce a blog for AQA to support their A-Level English Language and Literature specification, and act as the editorial board for Mesh, a journal for undergraduate students to showcase their work in integrated lang-lit studies. We are currently exploring the perception and awareness of post-16 curriculum reform amongst academics in university English departments (funded by a British Academy/Leverhulme small research grant).

I am a member of the Poetics and Linguistics Association, the British Association for Applied Linguistics, and the National Association for the Teaching of English. I am Chair of Examiners for A-level English Language and Literature at a major English examination board and a member of the Committee for Linguistics in Education (CLiE). I am associate editor of the journal English in Education and act as a reviewer for a number of other international peer-reviewed journals. I have acted as an external examiner at the universities of Exeter and Warwick.

  • BA (Hons) English Language and Literature (University of Liverpool)
  • MA Literary Linguistics (University of Nottingham)
  • PhD Cognitive Stylistics (University of Nottingham)
  • PGCE (Open University)
LE1093: Literature in History
LE1095: Literary Genres in English
LE2061: The Language of Literature
LE3022: Spoken Discourse Analysis

Undergraduate Dissertation Supervision

PhD Supervision

  • Poetics and Linguistics Association
  • British Association for Applied Linguistics
  • Commitee for Linguistics in Education
  • National Association for the Teaching of English
  • Literary linguistics: stylistic applications of Text World Theory and Cognitive Grammar to literary discourse; cognitive poetics; pedagogical stylistics; stylistics of poetry; stylistics of children’s literature and First World War literature.
  • Language and literature in education: applied cognitive linguistics; studying fiction; discourses about literature in educational settings; integrating language and literature; reader response theories and education.


Book Chapters 

Journal Articles 

Current Supervision

Main supervisor

  • Furzeen Ahmed: Text World Theory and the construction of identities during reading 
  • Ian Cushing: Text World Theory as a pedagogical grammar

  Associate supervisor 

  • Daniel Jenkin-Smith: Bureaucratisation and the Rise of Modern Office Literature: 1830-1900

I would be very interested in hearing from prospective doctoral students wishing to undertake research in any of the following areas: 

  • Literary linguistics, especially stylistic applications of Text World Theory and Cognitive Grammar;
  • Pedagogical stylistics;
  • Language and literature in education, especially the framing and studying of fiction in classrooms and grammar teaching in schools;
  • Reader response approaches to literary study.

Please do e mail if you are interested in working with me on any of the above

Room: MB732a
E-mail: m.giovanelli@aston.ac.uk
Phone: 0121 204 3209