Nicoletta Asciuto



Nicoletta Asciuto joined the department at York in 2016 as an Associate Lecturer in English Literature. She is a passionate linguist with knowledge of seven languages.

In September 2016, Nicoletta was a guest lecturer on Modernism at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. In 2015-16 Nicoletta was the recipient of a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (University of Edinburgh). She has also tutored and lectured extensively at Durham University for both the English and Italian departments, as well as for the MA in Translation Studies. She completed her PhD in English Literature also at Durham University in 2015 with a thesis on T. S. Eliot’s use of light and dark imagery in his poetry and drama. In the summer of 2014, she was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University.

Nicoletta is committed to excellence in teaching. She holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice from Durham University and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.



Nicoletta is currently working on a book project concerning the poetic imagination in the period of technological transition from gaslight to electric light in British and American poetry, entitled Farewell to Gas Stars: Lighting Technologies and the Poetic Imagination, 1875-1925. She is particularly interested in the reception of new technologies and how this has shaped late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century imagination.

Her PhD thesis was on T. S. Eliot’s use of light and dark imagery within his entire poetic and dramatic oeuvre. Her broader research interests are fin-de-siècle and Modernist poetry; History of Technology; Translation Studies; Comparative Literature.


Journal Articles

‘T. S. Eliot’s “Young Man Carbuncular”: Precious Gemstone or Infected Sore?’, Notes & Queries, vol. 64 no. 4 (forthcoming December 2017). 

‘The Sun Also Sets: The Violet Hour in T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land’, Literary Imagination (Oxford University Press), vol. 18 no. 2 (July 2016).

‘Bergsonian Memory and Simultaneity in the Poetry of T. S. Eliot and César Vallejo’, Forum for Modern Language Studies (Oxford University Press), vol. 52 no. 1 (January 2016).

‘Classical Antiquity in the Historical Poetry of C. P. Cavafy and W. H. Auden’, KUD Logos (September 2015).

‘Basil Bunting’s modernist adaptation of Chōmei’s Hōjōki’, Postgraduate English no. 25, Durham University (September 2012).


Chapters 5, 6, 24 and 25 of Eduardo González Viaña, Cesar Vallejo’s Season in Hell, monograph no. 5, UCL Press, Centre of César Vallejo Studies, 2015.


Bart Eeckhout and Lisa Goldfard’s Poetry and Poetics after Wallace Stevens (Bloomsbury 2016), English (Oxford University Press), vol. 66 issue 254 (forthcoming Winter 2017).

C. D. Blanton’s Epic Negation: The Dialectical Poetics of Late Modernism (Oxford University Press 2015), Notes & Queries, vol. 64 issue 4 (forthcoming December 2017). 

Margaret Dupuis and Grace Tiffany’s Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew (The Modern Language Association of America, 2013), Notes & Queries, vol. 63 issue 1, Oxford University Press (March 2016).

Nick Havely’s Dante’s British Public: Readers and Texts, from the Fourteenth Century to the Present (Oxford University Press 2014), Notes & Queries, vol. 63 issue 1, Oxford University Press (March 2016).

Robin G. Schulze’s The Degenerate Muse: American Nature, Modernist Poetry, and the Problem of Cultural Hygiene (Oxford University Press 2014), Notes & Queries, vol. 62 issue 1, Oxford University Press (March 2015).

Hannibal Hamlin’s The Bible in Shakespeare (Oxford University Press 2014), Notes & Queries, vol. 62 issue 1, Oxford University Press (March 2015)

Martina Kolb’s Nietzsche, Freud, Benn, and the Azure Spell of Liguria (University of Toronto Press 2013), Comparative Critical Studies, vol. 11.2-3, Edinburgh University Press (October 2014).



Contact details

Dr Nicoletta Asciuto
Department of English and Related Literature
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: 44 1904 323341