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 was published in September 2018. My current research uses cognitive stylistic methods to examine how the experience of war is variously construed in the poetry, prose, letters and diaries of Siegfried Sassoon. I am currently working on a monograph, The Language of Siegfried Sassoon, to be published by Palgrave Macmillan.

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).  Our book, Studying Literature, is due to be published by Routledge in 2020.

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 practitioners, publish digests of research and teaching ideas to support English teachers, and act as the editorial board for Mesh, a journal for undergraduate students to showcase their work in integrated lang-lit studies. We have recently undertaken and published research on 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 LinguisticsThe Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship and the National Association for the Teaching of English. I am a member of the Committee for Linguistics in Education (CLiE) and associate editor of the journal English in Education. I act as a reviewer for a number of other international peer-reviewed journals in stylistics, applied linguistics and education and have been an external examiner at the universities of Exeter, Leeds 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

  • LE2111 Stylistics

  • LE3121 Cognitive Poetics

  • LE3122 Language and Literature in Education

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 

Clark, B., Giovanelli, M. & Macrae, A. Integrating English, 1 Aug 2018 (Accepted/In press) English: Shared Futures. Eaglestone, R. & Marshall, G. (eds.). Martlesham: Boydell and Brewer

Journal Articles 

Current Supervision

Main supervisor

  • Ahcene Adjeb: Reader response theories and literary pedagogy
  • Furzeen Ahmed: Text World Theory and the construction of identity during reading 
  • Ian Cushing: Applications of cognitive linguistics in education
  • Megan Mansworth: Empathy and the endings of novels

  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 email 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