Staff members with discipline Literary Theory & Criticism
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His research mostly focuses on humor and satire across media, with particular but not exclusive attention to literature. He has authored the monographs Laughter from Realism to Modernism (Oxford: Legenda, 2015) and La scemenza del mondo (Pisa: ETS, 2011, Edinburgh Gadda First Prize), as well as several articles and book chapters on theories and practices of humor from the 18th century to the present.
He is currently developing a project on legal controversies regarding humor and freedom of expression, and he is the organizer of the summer school ‘Humor and Satire in Contemporary Europe: Cultural, Political, and Legal Perspectives’ (two editions, July 2018 and 2019). Since January 2020, he is the Principal Investigator of the NETIAS Constructive Advanced Thinking project 'Cartoons in Court: Towards a Forensic Analysis of Visual Humor' (main host: Institute for Advanced Study CEU Budapest, 2020-2023). His research areas also include international Modernism, Law and Literature, Posthumanism, Narrative Theory and Cognitive Studies.
Morality and literature, law and literature
Literary, cultural, and media theory
Literature and music
* Digital Film Forensics / Videographic criticism
* Complex cinema, puzzle films
Literature and Film; Literary Theory; Visual Studies; Documentary Film; Film Theory
Sociology; Discourse Theory; Systems Theory
Self-Referentiality; Aesthetic Negativity
University-wide Language and Culture Policy.
The mixed classroom.
Internationalisation: International Strategy & Relations.
Early colonial literature
Benedict de Spinoza
Joost van den Vondel
Critical theory: Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze
Postcolonial literatures and theory
Postsocialist and postcolonial studies
South African literature and culture
• Scribes, archives, and manuscripts
• Authorship and literary culture
• Law and literature
• Political writing and intellectual history
• Travel, Anglo-European contact, and global medieval literature
Current PhD Supervision
PhD Candidate Rosmery-Ann Boegeholz, ‘The ‘Mirror Syndrome’ as a response to the Beauty Influencers on Instagram: Problems and Effects of the excessive use of images by young university women’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor, Dr Marc Esteve del Valle co-supervisor. // PhD Candidate Eduardo Gallegos, ‘Border Narratives: From Travel Chronicles to the Journalistic Press. Continuities and Discontinuities Around the Constitution of the Pre-Modernist Chronicle’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor, Dr Margriet van der Waal, Dr Camilla Sutherland and Dr Hugh McDonnell co-supervisors. // PhD Candidate Gonzalo Albornoz, ‘Fictional Representations of Law, Legality and Justice in Popular Mass Media and the Construction of Legal Knowledge by Key Communities in the Prison Environment’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor and Dr Konstantin Mierau co-supervisor. // PhD Candidate Elizabeth Duarte, ‘Twittering for Peace? The Construction of Meaning and Otherness in Digital Media representations of the Colombian Peace Process’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor and Dr Konstantin Mierau co-supervisor. // PhD Candidate Ruby de Vos, ‘Living with Toxicity: Mapping the Toxic in Contemporary Culture’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor and Dr Vera Alexander co-supervisor. // PhD Candidate Judith Jansma, ‘From Submission to Soumission: Populists’ perspectives on culture’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor, Professor Dr Lars Rensmann and Dr Alberto Godioli co-supervisors. // PhD Candidate Juan del Valle, ‘Imagining the Unpredictable: Communication, Power and Technology in José Ricardo Morales’ Transnational Theatre’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor and Dr Konstantin Mierau co-supervisor. // PhD Candidate Rose Smith, ‘Identifying the Role of Museums in Central European Post-Communist Nations in the Construction of the Global Memory of Communism’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor and Dr Ksenia Robbe co-supervisor. // PhD Candidate Klára Žaloudková, ‘The Role of Economic Elites in the Foreign Policy-Making Process: The Case of Bulgaria’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor and Dr Ksenia Robbe co-supervisor. // PhD Candidate Anežka Brožová, ‘The Hlučín Region between 1945 and 1968: back again in the ‘own’ state?’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor and Dr Ksenia Robbe co-supervisor. // PhD Candidate Francisca Silva, ‘News frames and effects on the affective assessment of immigrants: An analysis of Chilean digital media’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor, Dr Marc Esteve del Valle, Dr Florian Lippert, Dr Konstantin Mierau and Dr Hugh McDonnell co-supervisors. // PhD Candidate Paola González, ‘Visual Memories of Anibal Pinto square and train station of Temuco between 1930-1950, a re-construction in a virtual world based on personal stories and cultural heritage’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor, Dr Florian Lippert, Dr Konstantin Mierau and Dr Hugh McDonnell co-supervisors. // PhD Candidate Camila Rojas, ‘Framing analysis of Chilean corruption scandals by traditional and emergent media ecosystem present on Twitter, according to ideological composition of their editorial discourse’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor, Dr Marc Esteve del Valle and Dr Konstantin Mierau co-supervisors. // PhD Candidate Leonardo Arriagada, ‘CG-Art. An aesthetic discussion of the relationship between artistic creativity and computation’. Professor Dr Pablo Valdivia main supervisor, Dr Florian Lippert and Dr Alberto Godioli co-supervisors.
Past PhD Supervision
PhD Cristian Crusat, ‘La construction de la biographie imaginaire’. Professor Ieme van der Poel (University of Amsterdam) and Dr Pablo Valdivia (University of Amsterdam) co-supervisors. // PhD candidate David Martínez Antón, ‘La teoría de la transducción literaria. Hacia una teoría dialógica de la obra literaria’. Professor Tomás Albaladejo (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and Dr Pablo Valdivia (University of Amsterdam) co-supervisors.
Her research is focused on cognitive approaches to children's literature. Her PhD was on empathy, ethics and justice construction children's war literature. Her current project is on the impact and complexity of contrasting truth narratives in children's literature. She has presented her research at many international conferences and through several peer reviewed publications.
Victorian Literature and Culture
Modernism / Postmodernism
Word and Music Studies