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Roberto Derobertis teaches English Literature and Culture in Italian secondary schools. He earned his PhD in Italian Studies at the University of Bari in 2007, with a dissertation titled "Migrant Writings": Literary Displacements and New Configurations. Questions of Theory, Critique and Culture in the Italian Literary Discourse in the Age of Globalization. In the years 2008 to 2010 he was a research fellow in the same institution and continued his research and teaching activities, concentrating on the relationship between migration, colonialism and creative writing with a special focus on Southern Italy. His main research interests are literary theory and historiography, comparative literature, cultural and postcolonial studies. He presented his work at international conferences held in Italy, France and the US. Currently, he is an independent scholar and collaborates with the Department of Languages, Literatures and Arts of the University of Bari, where he also holds seminars for the PhD School.

He is the editor of Fuori centro. Percorsi postcoloniali nella letteratura italiana (Aracne, 2010) and (with Bruno Brunetti) of L'invenzione del Sud. Migrazioni, condizioni postcoloniali, linguaggi letterari (B.A. Graphis, 2009). One of his most recent publications is a postcolonial re-reading of Carlo Levi's novel Cristo si è fermato a Eboli, included in the volume Postcolonial Italy. Challenging National Homogeneity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, edited by Cristina Lombardi-Diop and Caterina Romeo).