Lucia Rodler


Lucia Rodler’s research involves cultural studies and in particular the merging among literature and anthropology, ethics and sociology.

Research directions

Three of the main research areas are:

  1. The first one is about the tradition of physiognomy that is the study of Greek, Latin, Italian, French, German and English literary works which from Psuedo-Aristotle to Polemone, from Giambattista Della Porta to Le Brun, from Lavater to Hogarth, from Lichtenberg to Lombroso, have attempted to describe and understand the features and the behaviours of the people by observing the shapes and the movements of the body. In this field, the research moves towards other directions: a) it analyzes the narration of eating disorders in the contemporary novel; b) it does a “translation of the food traditions” (from Artusi to the Mediterranean diet, to the migrants’ foods); c) it studies the anthropological role of the missionary magazines in defining prejudice and stereotype about the “other” people.
  2. The second one is about the traditions of the fairy tale and the fable that is to say two literary genres that told behaviours and relationships among the people, by using animals and/or the metamorphosis: from Aesop to Phaedrus, from La Fontaine to Perrault, from Lessing to the Grimm’s, from Collodi to Sepúlveda, from Rodari to Negrin, many are the writers who wanted to teach by making the readers having fun (children, teenagers, adults). In this field, the research goes deep into two other directions: a) the migration writing that revises the European tradition of fairy tale and fable from new points of view; b) some hybrid forms of short writing that put together tale and moral investigation (essay, report). 
  3. The third one is about the roles of literature in individual training as a pattern of knowledge of the reality (orientation, exemption, and empathy) and rhetoric communication around the imaginary of the European culture. Following the footsteps of Ezio Raimondi, Tzvetan Todorov and Martha C. Nussbaum, the research interacts with reading and writing (creative and professional writing), in the belief that tales may help everyone to live better. 

Internal collaborations

Maria Micaela Coppola – LIQuId – Dipartimento di Psicologia e Scienze cognitive
Sara Dellantonio – LIQuID – Dipartimento di Psicologia e Scienze Cognitive
Patrizia Ghislandi – LIQuID – Dipartimento di Psicologia e Scienze Cognitive
Casimira Grandi – Dipartimento di Sociologia e Ricerca Sociale
Giorgio Ieranò – Dipartimento di Lettere e Filosofia

External collaborations

Gian Mario Baldi, Biblioteca civica Tartarotti di Rovereto (Trento)
Elisabetta Menetti, Università di Modena and Reggio Emilia
Leonardo Paris, Archivio Diocesano Tridentino Vigilianum (Trento)
Katia Pizzini, Archivio Diocesano Tridentino Vigilianum (Trento)
Paolo Proietti, Università IULM di Milano
Gino Ruozzi, Università di Bologna
Eva Vigh, University of Szeged (Hungary)

Selected publications

Scientific articles: 

  • L. Rodler (2017), La ricezione di Shakespeare nel pensiero positivista italiano, in R. Bertazzoli, C. Gibellini (a cura di), Shakespeare: un romantico italiano, Firenze, Franco Cesati, pp. 209-222. 
  • L. Rodler (2016), Mantegazza, in A. Montandon (éd.), Dictionnaire du dandysme, Paris, Éditions Champion, 2016, pp. 469-473.
  • L. Rodler (2014), Morfologia della favola, in C. Mordeglia, a cura di, Lupus in fabula. Fedro e la favola latina tra antichità e medioevo, Bologna, Patron editore, pp. 21-34.
  • L. Rodler (2014), Narrare i disturbi alimentari, in «Poli-femo», n.s., n. 3-4, pp. 55-66.
  • L. Rodler (2013), L’impudicizia della scienza tra Mantegazza e Lombroso, in «Griseldaonline. Portale di letteratura del Dipartimento di Italianistica»
  • L. Rodler (2012), Ai confini del corpo, in «Griseldaonline. Portale di letteratura del Dipartimento di Italianistica», pp. 1-10.
  • L. Rodler (2012), L’homme criminel de Cesare Lombroso: entre science et littérature, in «Criminocorpus, revue hypermédia. Histoire de la criminologie, 4. L’anthropologie criminelle en Europe», pubblicato in versione elettronica il 24/05/2012, sul sito CriminoCorpus alla pagina L’homme criminel de Cesare Lombroso: entre science et littérature , pp. 1-26.


  • L. Rodler (2016), Goffredo Parise. I sentimenti elementari, Roma, Carocci, 224 pp.
  • L. Rodler (2009), Leggere il corpo. Dalla letteratura alle neuroscienze, Bologna, Archetipolibri, 225 pp.
  • L. Rodler (2007), La favola, Roma, Carocci, 125 pp.