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Ms Leonie Wareham Wanitzek

I am a DPhil Candidate at the English Faculty under the supervision of Dr Stefano Evangelista. Before joining Oriel College, I completed an MA in English Literatures and Literary Theory at the University of Freiburg (Germany), where I also worked as a research assistant and tutor for BA students.

My research focuses on British writers and literary representations of Italy in the period 1880-1930. I am interested in textual constructions of Italian places and spaces and, simultaneously, English cultural and national identities, across a range of fictional and non-fictional genres. My project looks at a range of authors, particularly Vernon Lee, E. M. Forster and D. H. Lawrence, as well as drawing on space theory for an analytic framework to understand the underlying textual and socio-cultural processes of ‘writing Italy’.


Wanitzek, Leonie. “‘The South! something exclaims within me’: Real and Imagined Spaces in Italy and the South in Vernon Lee’s Travel Writing”. In: Cahiers victoriens et edouardiens 83 (2016). Issue ed. Laurence Roussillon-Constanty.

Wanitzek, Leonie. “Englishness, Summer and the Pastoral of Country Leisure in Twentieth-Century Literature”. In: Idleness, Indolence and Leisure in English Literature. Ed. Monika Fludernik and Miriam Nandi. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Wanitzek, Leonie. “Eros in the Classroom: Mentor Figures, Friendship and Desire in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and The History Boys”. In: Gender Forum: An Internet Journal for Gender Studies 39 (2012).