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Personal profile


Laurea Filosofia (Università La Sapienza, Roma), Ph.D (Victoria University of Wellington, NZ)

Before moving to Melbourne, I worked in Italy and New Zealand. My areas of research are within modern and contemporary literature and culture with emphasis on crime fiction, popular culture, and literary geographies. I have worked on 20th and 21st  century writing, cultural representations of space, and re-interpretation of history in literature and films.  I am the author of  "Investigating Italy’s past through Crime Fiction, Films and TV Series: Murder in the Age of Chaos" (Palgrave McMillan, 2016);  "Politics and Society in Italian Crime Fiction. An Historical Overview "(McFarland,2014) and "The Importance of Place in Contemporary Italian Crime Fiction. A Bloody Journey" (FDU Press/Rowman&Littlefield, 2102). As an adjunt supervisor I am supervising a PhD thesis on Andrea Camilleri's crime writing.


External positions

Adjunt Supervisor, Macquarie University

1 Feb 2017 → …

Honorary Research Fellow, Australasian Centre for Italian Studies

1 Jan 2013 → …


  • crime fiction
  • Popular culture
  • literary geographies
  • utopian literature

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Research Output 2009 2018

Blood on the Table: Essays on Food in International Crime Fiction

Pezzotti, B. (ed.), Miranda, C. (ed.) & Anderson, J. (ed.) 2018 North Carolina USA: McFarland & Company, Inc.191 p.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited Book

Duca Lamberti: The hard-boiled detective, Italian-style

Pezzotti, B. 2016 Private Investigator. Rolls, A. & Franks, R. (eds.). 1 ed. Bristol UK: Intellect Ltd, p. 106-115 10 p. (Crime Uncovered Series)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)

Activities 2016 2018

  • 2 Editorial responsibility
  • 1 Peer review responsibility
  • 1 Public lecture/debate/seminar

Italian Studies (Journal)

Pezzotti, B. (Peer reviewer)

Activity: Peer review responsibility

Quaderni D Italianistica (Journal)

Brigid Maher (Editor in chief), Pezzotti, B. (Editor in chief)

Activity: Editorial responsibility

The Australian Journal of Crime Fiction (Journal)

Pezzotti, B. (Editor in chief), Brigid Maher (Editor in chief)

Activity: Editorial responsibility

Organiser and Chair

Pezzotti, B. (Contributor)
29 Nov 2016

Activity: Public lecture/debate/seminar

Press / Media

Italian Political crisis May 2018

Barbara Pezzotti


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Italian Political Elections 2018

Barbara Pezzotti


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

literary criticism

Barbara Pezzotti


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment