Alessandra Capperdoni

Undergraduate Chair, Lecturer
Global Humanities

Areas of interest

Studies in 20th/21th century literature and culture (North America and Europe); modernist and avant-garde studies; poetics, theatre, and performance art; literary theory (Bakhtin, Russian formalism, semiotics, narratology); Continental philosophy and critical theory
(Feminism, Marxism, Phenomenology, Poststructuralism, Psychoanalysis); post-colonial cultural studies (esp. Canada and Africa); violence and trauma; space, nation, and globalization; gender and sexuality; animal studies and environmental Humanities; and translation studies.


  • PhD, English, Simon Fraser University
  • MA (Summa Cum Laude), Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, Università degli Studi di Bologna
  • BA (honours / Summa Cum Laude), Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, Università degli Studi di Bologna


Alessandra Capperdoni was born in Italy, where she studied Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures (English, German, French, and Italian Studies). She came to SFU in 19999 with a Government of Canada Award for Foreign Nationals to work on a one-year research project on North American “open poetics.” Her PhD in English focused on experimental writing in Canada in the long poem genre and the politics of form in relation to space, nation, and global capital. She has taught a wide range of courses in the departments of English and Women’s Studies at SFU, where She was Ruth Wynn Woodward Lecturer in 2009–2010, before joining the Department of Humanities. She is currently working on a manuscript on post-1960s Canadian poetics in the context of the social imaginaries that emerged at the intersection of nationalism and globalization and a second manuscript on women’s avant-garde writing and feminist phenomenology in Canada. A third project on culture and violence is at the early stages, fostered by the research cluster on Memory and Trauma with Eirini Kotsovili and James Horncastle.