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I am Senior Lecturer in English Language and Literature in the School of Languages and Social Sciences. 


BA(Hons) English Language and Literature (Liverpool)

MA Literary Linguistics (Nottingham)

PhD Cognitive Stylistics (Nottingham)

PGCE (Open)


Head of English 

Co-Director Centre for the Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture (CCISC)

Research Interests

I am a stylistician with particular interests in the application of Text World Theory and Cognitive Grammar to literary discourse. My monograph, the first book-length study of a canonical English poet using Text World TheoryText World Theory and Keats' Poetry: The Cognitive Poetics of Desire, Dreams and Nightmares, was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2013. A textbook, written with my colleague Dr Chloe Harrison, Cognitive Grammar in Stylistics was published in September 2018. My current research uses cognitive stylistic methods to examine how the experience of war is variously construed in the poetry, prose, letters and diaries of Siegfried Sassoon. I am currently working on a monograph, The Language of Siegfried Sassoon, to be published by Palgrave Macmillan.

I am also interested in language and literature in education including applications of cognitive linguistics in pedagogical contexts and the ways in which literature is discussed and studied in educational settings. For more on this see the studyingfiction website which I run with Dr Jessica Mason (Sheffield Hallam University).  Our book, Studying Literature, is due to be published by Routledge in 2020.

For several years, I have co-directed the Integrating English project with Dr Andrea Macrae (Oxford Brookes University) and Professor Billy Clark (Northumbria University). We are interested in developing more integrated approaches to the subject at all levels of education. We run annual summer conferences for secondary practitioners, publish digests of research and teaching ideas to support English teachers, and act as the editorial board for Mesh, a journal for undergraduate students to showcase their work in integrated lang-lit studies. We have recently undertaken and published research on the perception and awareness of post-16 curriculum reform amongst academics in university English departments (funded by a British Academy/Leverhulme small research grant).


PhD Supervision

Main supervisor

Ahcene Adjeb: Reader response theories and literary pedagogy

Furzeen Ahmed: Text World Theory and the construction of identity during reading

Ian Cushing: Applications of cognitive linguistics in education

Megan Mansworth: Empathy and the endings of novels

Associate supervisor 

Daniel Jenkin-Smith: Bureaucratisation and the Rise of Modern Office Literature: 1830-1900

Areas of research supervision

I would be very happy to talk to prospective doctoral reserachers interested in any of the following areas:

Literary linguistics: stylistic applications of Text World Theory and Cognitive Grammar to literary discourse; cognitive poetics; pedagogical stylistics; stylistics of poetry; stylistics of children’s literature; First World War literature.

Language and literature in education: applied cognitive linguistics; studying fiction; discourses about English in educational settings; integrating language and literature; reader response theories and education.

Teaching Activity

Literature in History

Literary Genres in English


Cognitive Poetics

Language and Literature in Education

Undergraduate dissertation supervision

Membership of Professional Bodies

Professional/editorial offices

I am associate editor of the journal English in Education. I act as a reviewer for a number of other international peer-reviewed journals in stylistics, applied linguistics and education.

Contact Details

Room: MB732a
E-mail: m.giovanelli@aston.ac.uk
Phone: 0121 204 3209

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Research Output 2010 2020

From theoretical to pedagogical grammar: The challenges of writing a textbook on cognitive grammar

Giovanelli, M. & Harrison, C., 2020, (Accepted/In press) New Directions in Cognitive Grammar and Style. Giovanelli, M., Harrison, C. & Nuttall, L. (eds.). Bloomsbury, (Advances in Stylistics).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Pedagogical Grammar
Cognitive Grammar
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New Directions in Cognitive Grammar and Style

Giovanelli, M., Harrison, C. (ed.) & Nuttall, L. (ed.), 2020, (Accepted/In press) Bloomsbury. (Advances in Stylistics)

Research output: Book/ReportBook


Siegfried Sassoon, autofiction and style: Retelling the experience of war

Giovanelli, M., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Narrative Retellings: Stylistic Approaches. Lambrou, M. (ed.). Bloomsbury, (Advances in Stylistics).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)


Siegfried Sassoon: War Poems and The Complete Memoirs of George Sherston

Giovanelli, M., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Handbook of British Literature and Culture of the First World War. Schneider, R. & Potter, J. (eds.). Walter De Gruyter, (Handbooks of English and American Studies; vol. 8).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)


Construing and reconstruing the horrors of the trench: Siegfried Sassoon, creativity and context

Giovanelli, M., 26 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Literary Semantics. 48, 1, p. 85-104 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
First World War


Terry Furlong Award for Research

Marcello Giovanelli (Recipient), 21 Jun 2019

Prize: National/international honour