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About Dr Chiara Alfano

Dr Chiara Alfano is an Assistant Professor in English and Education. She has a BA from the University of Oxford University, and a MA and PhD from the University of Sussex. She was an IASH postdoctoral fellow at the University of Edinburgh and a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Kingston University London. She joined Northeastern University London in 2019.


PhD in Critical Theory, University of Sussex
MA in Critical Theory (Merit), University of Sussex
MA in English and Modern Languages (Italian) (Distinction), University of Oxford


Dr Chiara Alfano's Research

Chiara is a theorist and comparatist specialising in the intersections between literature, philosophy and psychoanalysis. Her most recent project considered the significance of how we think and talk about babies. She is particularly interested in 20th and 21st century literature, Shakespeare, Ordinary Language Philosophy, deconstruction, feminism, and in the British Independent Group of psychoanalysis.

Chiara is passionate about education with a special focus on HE, teaching writing, the “new” liberal arts, interdisciplinary and experiential approaches to education (for example applying design thinking to writing) and using ed tech to foster high impact practices and to tackle educational inequality.


Derrida Reads Shakespeare. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020.
Desire in Ashes: Deconstruction, Psychoanalysis and Philosophy. Eds. Simon Morgan Wortham and Chiara Alfano. London: Bloomsbury, 2015.


“No less poetry than thought – on Werner Hamacher’s ‘Philology’,” Angelaki. 23.5 (September 2018): 60-76

“Towards an Ordinary Language Psychoanalysis: On Skepticism and Infancy,” New Literary History. 49.1 (April 2018): 23-45.

“A Scarred Tympanum,” Conversations: The Journal of Cavellian Studies.1.1 (December 2013): 19-38.

“Strange Frequencies: Reading Hamlet with Derrida and Nancy,” Derrida Today, Special Issue: Where Ghosts Live 5.2 (November 2012): 214-231.

“Porpentine,” The Oxford Literary Review, 34.1 (July 2012): 109–122.

“Freud’s Cadence: Taking Chances with Julius Caesar,” Mosaic, Freud After Derrida Special Issue (Part II), 44.4 (2011): 63-78.

Book Chapters

“The King is Dead. Long Live the King.” Desire in Ashes: Deconstruction, Psychoanalysis and Philosophy. Eds. Simon Morgan Wortham and Chiara Alfano. London: Bloomsbury (2015):161-98.

“Parenthesising Cracks into the Ground of Philosophy: The Textuality of Stanley Cavell’s Philosophical Writing.” Philosophy and Literature and the Crisis of Metaphysics. Ed. Sebastian Hüsch. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann (2011): 256-70.

Dr Chiara Alfano's Teaching

Chiara teaches on “First-Year Writing Studio.” In the past, she has taught on critical and cultural theory, Shakespeare, 20th and 21st Century literature, and on Kingston’s MA in Literature and Philosophy.