Arianna Dagnino is a researcher, writer, and socio-cultural analyst. She holds an M.A. in Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures from l’Università degli Studi di Genova and a Ph.D. in Sociology and Comparative Literature from the University of South Australia.
She lectures and conducts research in the fields of transcultural studies, world literature and translation studies at the University of British Columbia and at the University of Ottawa after having relocated to Vancouver as a permanent resident of Canada. She is interested in looking at how socio-economic factors and cultural changes linked to global mobility shape identities and cultural practices – in particular, creative writing and (self-)translation.
In May 2017 Dr. Dagnino was granted a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship to conduct research on writers who self-translate at the University of Ottawa (School of Translation and Interpretation) under the supervision of Prof. Rainier Grutman.
Her articles and reviews have appeared in journals such as Transcultural Studies, Transnational Literature, CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, Rhizomes and Transpostcross: Letterature Culture. Dagnino’s book publications include the novel Fossili (Fazi, 2010) inspired by her four years spent in South Africa as an acting foreign correspondent and several books on the impact of socio-techno globalization including I nuovi nomadi (1996), Uoma (2000) and Jesus Christ Cyberstar (2008). Her latest book Transcultural Writers and Novels in the Age of Global Mobility (Purdue UP, 2015) consists of a creative nonfiction, which the author self-translated from Italian into English, and of a critical exegesis on transcultural writing, translingualism, identity and cultural translation.
Dagnino has completed the self-translation of her transcultural novel Fossili into English, which will be published in Canada in 2018.
Contact: arianna.dagnino at ubc dot ca or adagnino at uottawa dot ca