Dr Laura Rorato

Senior Lecturer in Italian/Year abroad coordinator for Italian

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

01482 465463

Laura Rorato studied Modern Languages at the University of Udine (Italy) and holds a PhD in Commonwealth Studies from the University of Bologna.

She spent several years in Wales working at Bangor University where she was responsible for the planning and the delivery of all Italian degree programmes.

Laura joined the University of Hull in 2015. She specialises in comparative cultural studies and in particular the image of Caravaggio in popular culture.

She also researches the representation of space in contemporary Italian fiction, children's literature, and questions of memory and identity. More recently she developed an interest in migration and the Italian diaspora.


Research Interests

  • The representation of space in contemporary Italian fiction

  • Cultural memory and questions of identity

  • Representations of childhood

  • Questions of taste and hierarchies of value

  • Popular culture (in particular the appropriation of canonical figures of high art by popular culture)

  • Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

Research groups

  • Transnationality

  • Popular Cultures


Rorato L, Michelangelo Merisi Da Caravaggio: Literary and Cinematic Representation of the Life and Works of a Baroque Genius, Legenda (2014)

Rorato L, ‘Writing for or Writing About Children? The Representation of Childhood in Contemporary Italian Fiction’, Forum for Modern Language Studies, vol 49, n 2, pp 45-54 (2013)

Rorato L, ‘Infanzia e Guerra in Guerra d’infanzia e di Spagna di Fabrizia Ramondino and Under the Dust (Sota la pols) by Jordi Coca’, Bollettino 900, n 1/2 (2013)

Rorato L, ‘Re-Writing Complexity through Fragments: Mapping Milan in the 21st Century’, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, vol 25, issue 4: City Margins, City Memories, pp 495-509 (2017)

Rorato L, ‘Narratives of Displacement: The Challenges of Motherhood and Mothering in semi-fictional works by Laura Pariani, Mary Melfi, and Donatella Di Pierantonio’, International Journal of Comparative Literature and Translation Studies, vol 6, n 1, pp 75-82 (2018)

Full list


Modules list

  • Italian Language 1 and 2 Beginners and Improvers

  • Italian Language 1 and 2 Advanced

  • Skills for Communicating Cultures

  • Ideas and Identities

  • Italian Language 3 and 4

  • Making Italy, Making Italians

  • Italian Language 5 and 6

  • Italy and Its Icons

  • Modern Women Writers

  • Translation and Interpreting(Italian and English)

  • Year Abroad Preparation Module

Research PhDs

Laura welcomes applications for supervision in any area broadly relating to her research.

Completed PhDs

Dr Claudio Brancaleoni, Letteratura e contestazione. Il ’68 nella letteratura italiana tra neoavanguardia e postmoderno, Bangor University (2017)

Dr Matthew Mild, The Metousiastics of Culture: European Relativism in Literature and Cinema, Bangor University (2015)

Dr Maria Cristina Seccia, Translating Caterina Edwards’ The Lion’s Mouth: An Example of Cultural Translation in Practice, Bangor University (2014)

Dr Gerwen Owen, The Jew as dangerous other in early Italian cinema, 1910-1914, Bangor University (2014)

Current PhD supervisions 

Martina Codicé, Literary Representations of the effect and Consequences of Neoliberalism on Contemporary Life in Italy, the UK and the US, Bangor University

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Postgraduate Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education, University of Wales, Bangor (2000)

  • University of Bangor Teaching Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching (2006)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • Laurea in Lingue e Letterature Straniere, Università degli studi di Udine (1989)

  • Dottorato di Ricera, Unviersità degli studi di Bologna (1993)

External roles

  • External Examiner for Italian, University of Bath (until 2020)

  • External Examiner for Italian, University of Leicester (until 2021)

  • Editorial board of Trictrac. Journal of World Mythology and Folklore

  • Editorial board of Italian literature series,Testi e studi di letteratura italiana, Perugia: Moralcchi Editore

  • Editorial board of Modern Languages Open (Italian Section)

Professional highlights

  • Gave a lecture on Caravaggio in popular culture at the National Gallery in London (2016)