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Dr Francesca Bugliani Knox

Dr Francesca Bugliani Knox Research Associate
Telephone: 020 7795 4263


Francesca graduated in 1976 from Pisa University (Dott. Lett.) and was senior lecturer in the English Department of the Università IULM, Milan, from 1986 to 2002. In 2009 she was awarded a PhD by Heythrop College, University of London, where she is now Research Associate. As well as this, she is a Teaching Fellow at UCL. Her publications include translations into Italian as well as several books and articles on various aspects of English and Italian literature from the Renaissance to the present. Since early on her research interest has been the relationship between literature and Christian spirituality.

At present she is editing a collection of essays on Mgr Ronald Knox for PIMS and writing John Donne’s Itinerary for Open Book Publishers Cambridge. At Heythrop, Francesca is the convenor for the Power of the Word series under the Heythrop Institute.

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Department of Italian, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
UCL telephone: 020 7679 7784

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Francesca has set up an international research network for the study of the interconnections between poetry, philosophy, theology and the creative arts. As part of this project, entitled the Power of the Word, supported by Heythrop Research grants, Francesca has organized four international conferences, two in the UK, one in Poland and one in Italy. These conferences have been successful and the discussions have resulted in the publication of three volumes with Ashgate UK – the fourth is being prepared. See here for details.


1966–1971. Secondary School for Classical Languages and Literature (Liceo Classico Emanuele Repetti), Carrara (MS), Italy.

1971–1976. M.A. in European literature with special reference to English literature and language (Laurea in lingue e letterature moderne a indirizzo europeo). University of Pisa, Faculty of Art and Humanities.

1983. Qualification to teach English language and literature in secondary schools at A level.

1983. Qualification to teach German language and literature in secondary schools at A level.

1984–1985. Qualification as cultural attaché in Italian Cultural Institutes abroad. Italian Ministry of Education.

1986. Qualification as tenured university lecturer.

2002–2008. PhD. Heythrop College, specialist college for Philosophy and Theology of the University of London.


1976–1982. Teacher of Religious Studies at the Liceo Classico (Massa).

1982–1985. Teacher of English and German in the Istituto Magistrale (Massa).

1986–1989. Tenured university lecturer in English literature at the University of Milan (IULM).

1989–2003. Senior lecturer and then Acting Professor of English literature at the University of Milan (IULM).

1997–1999. Visiting Fellow at the Institute of English Studies (Senate House, University of London).

2003– 2009. Teacher of Italian at Harrow School, London (A level).

July 2009–    Appointment as Visiting Research Fellow and then Research Associate at Heythrop College, University of London

Jan 2010–    Appointment as Teaching Fellow in the School of European Languages, Cultures and Society at UCL.



The Eye of the Eagle: John Donne and the Legacy of Ignatius Loyola. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2011.

Anatomia dello snob: William Makepeace Thackeray. Saggi e ricerche di lingue e letterature straniere, vol. 31. Abano Terme: Piovan, 1990.

Hardy e le poesie degli anni sessanta. Poiesis e critica mitica. Pisa: ETS, 1984.

La discesa agli inferi: la narrativa di Doris Lessing. Letteratura inglese e Americana, vol. 5. Pisa: ETS, 1982.

Edited volumes

Ronald Knox: a Man for all Seasons. Toronto: PIMS (Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies), 2016.

Poetry and Prayer. The Power of the Word II (edited with John Took). Farnham: Ashgate, 2015.

Poetry and the Religious Imagination. The Power of the Word I (edited with David Lonsdale). Farnham: Ashgate, 2015.

Poesia e comunicazione (edited with Luca Panieri). Trieste: Lint, 2001.

Timothie Bright: Della melanconia (translated, edited and with an introduction). Milan: Giuffrè, 1990.

Journal articles and book chapters

Romola in England and Italy’, in The Reception of George Eliot in Europe, ed. Elinor Shaffer and Catherine Brown. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016, 183–208.

‘T. S. Eliot on Metaphysical Poetry and the Case of Prufrock’, in Poetic Relevations: The Power of the Word III, ed. Mark Burrows et al. Farnham: Ashgate, 2016.

‘Ronald Knox and the Great War’, in Ronald Knox: a Man for all Seasons, ed. Francesca Bugliani Knox. Toronto: PIMS (Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies), 2016.

‘Ronald Knox’s Two Recording Angels’, in Ronald Knox: a Man for all Seasons. Toronto: PIMS (Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies), 2016.

‘Introduction’, in Poetry and the Religious Imagination, ed. with David Lonsdale. Farnham: Ashgate, 2015, 1–6.

‘Introduction’, in Poetry and Prayer, ed. with John Took. Farnham: Ashgate, 2015, 1–14.

Pomiędzy ogniem a ogniem: Ziemia jałowa T. S. Eliota. Trans. Aneta Wadowska. Między słowem a rzeczy-wistością. Poezja Eliota wobec cielesności i Wcielenia. Gdańsk: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Gdańskiego, 2015, 113–142.

‘Between Fire and Fire: T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land’, Heythrop Journal 56 (2015), 235–248.

‘La poesia, la morte e lo spirito’, in Oltre confine: lingue e culture tra Europa e mondo, ed. A. Pasinato.  Rome: Donzelli, 2001, 97–111.

‘The Italian Secret Rose’, in Yeats and the Nineties, Yeats Annual 14 (2000), 350–357.

‘Reading English Literature in Italy: Intellectual and Critical History’, Intellectual News 4–5 (1990), 46–51.

‘“Galetto fu il libro e chi lo scrisse”: Nineteenth-Century English Translations, Interpretations and Reworkings of Dante’s “Paolo and Francesca”’,  Dante Studies 115 (1997), 221–250.

‘Thackeray and “Non-Fiction Prose”’, in Le trasformazioni del narrare, ed. E. Siciliani, Fasano: Schena, 1996, 539–551.

‘In the Mind to Suffer: Hamlet’s Soliloquy “To be, or not to be”’, Hamlet Studies 17 (1995), 4–44.

‘La Relatione di Petruccio Ubaldini: tre versioni a confronto’, Archivio di storia della cultura 8 (1995), 39–54.

‘Petruccio Ubaldini’s Accounts of England’, Renaissance Studies 8 (1994): 175–197.

‘La retorica dell’antirettorica: The Golden Notebook, The French Lieutenant's Woman e The Black Prince’, in La fortuna della retorica ed. G. Castorina et al., Chieti: Metis, 1993, 182-192.

‘Modelli epistemici in Romola di George Eliot’ in Intrecci e contaminazioni, ed. V. De Scarpis, Venice: Supernova, 1993, 135–148.

‘To suffer in the mind’ in Il linguaggio delle passioni, ed. R. Rutelli et al., Udine: Campanotto, 1992, 207–237.

‘Petruccio Ubaldini e la conformity elisabettiana’, Lingua e letteratura 19 (1992), 71–84.

‘La questione ubaldiniana’, Lingua e letteratura 17 (1991), 160–176.

‘Introduzione’ in T. Bright, Della melanconia, translated and edited, Milan: Giuffré, 1990, 1–90.

‘Thackeray: the Witty Humourist of Snobbery’, in Le forme del comico, ed. C. Marengo Vaglio et al., Alessandria: Edizioni dell'Orso, 1990, 373–385.

‘To the Lighthouse di Virginia Woolf: crisi e/o trionfo della rappresentazione’, in La rappresentazione verbale e iconica, ed. C. De Stasio et al., Milan: Guerini, 1990, 115–126.

 ‘Il Cain di Byron, ovvero della tragedia della conoscenza’, in Il muro del linguaggio: conflitto e tragedia, ed. L. Curti et al.,  Naples: Istituto universitario orientale, 1989, 107–125.

 ‘Nuove tendenze del romanzo inglese contemporaneo: The Golden Notebook di Doris Lessing’, Studi dell'Istituto Linguistico (Facoltà di Economia e Commercio di Firenze), 1981, 147–176.


‘The Text and Contexts of Ignatius Loyola’s “Autobiography”’, Heythrop Journal (2016).


‘To the Greater Glory of God, a Psychological Study of Ignatian Spirituality’, Heythrop Journal 44 (2003), 381–383.

‘Faith Among Faiths’, Heythrop Journal 42 (2001), 244–246.

‘Atheist or Ironist? Christopher Marlowe and English Renaissance Culture’, Times Literary Supplement (18 July 1997), 26.


‘R.L. Stevenson: La freccia nera’. Narrativa nella scuola: vol. 5. Casale Monferrato: Marietti, 1985.

Audio recording

‘Ignatian Spirituality and Jungian Spirituality’, London UK: The Guild of Pastoral Psychology, 2002