Textile Poetics of Entanglements

The Works of Antonella Anedda and Maria Lai


  • Adele Bardazzi Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellow




Antonella Anedda, Maria Lai, Poetry and Poetics, Italian Contemporary Poetry, Textile Arts, Gender Studies, Lyric Theory, Jonathan Culler, Apostrophe, Intermediality, Discourse of mourning, Karen Barad, agential realism


By looking at the works of the poet Antonella Anedda (b. Rome, 1955) and the artist Maria Lai (Ulassi, 1919–Cardedu, 2013), this study investigates the relationship between poetic texts and textiles, contending that the ‘intra-action’ – to use the feminist physicist Karen Barad’s term – between the language of poetry and that of textile can be understood through a paradigm of entanglements that expands the semantic capacity of both words and textiles. One main objective of this study is to re-think the genre of lyric poetry and some of its core generic markers, in particular apostrophe, rhythm, and repetition, in light of a focus on materiality and tactility; this shall problematise ideas of linearity and completeness in favour of notions of movement, instability, and tactility. This will enable us to propose new parameters that allow for conceptualisation of textile poems and the textile poetics of entanglement that they articulate.


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Author Biography

Adele Bardazzi, Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Adele Bardazzi is Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin and Honorary Research Fellow at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages at the University of Oxford. At Oxford, she completed her DPhil at Christ Church, followed by a Laming Fellowship and an Extraordinary Junior Research Fellowship at The Queen’s College. Her research focuses on issues of form and interpretation: poetry and poetics, lyric theory, gender and women’s studies, and verbal-visual glitches. At present, while at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and the École Normale Supérieure as Visiting Research Fellow, she is working on A Textile Poetics of Entanglements, her second monograph expanding questions of poetic theory raised in her first book, Eugenio Montale: A Poetics of Mourning (Peter Lang, 2022). Among her recent and forthcoming publications are: the edited volumes Gender and Authority Across Disciplines, Space and Time with Alberica Bazzoni (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) and A Gaping Wound: Mourning in Italian Poetry with Francesco Giusti and Emanuela Tandello (Legenda, 2022), the special issues Weaving Media in Italian Poetry (Italica, forthcoming 2023) and Elegy Today: Rejections, Re-mappings, Rewritings with Jonathan Culler and Roberto Binetti (Journal of World Literature), which will be followed by an expanded book version: The Contemporary Elegy in World Literature (Brill, forthcoming 2023).  She is the co-founder of «Non solo muse» (www.nonsolomuse.com) and «Italian Poetry Today» (www.italianpoetrytoday.com).