School of English

Giulia Grisot

Research Student,



Giulia is born in Turin, Italy, in 1989. She has grown climbing trees and playing football in a small town, learning to love nature and outdoors. She plays tennis, plays the violin and does her best with a number of other instruments (currently trying to master the harmonica). Giulia has a passion for languages. This started in her early days, in a time when she still did not know any other language, and managed somehow to be friend to a German little girl, as she was at the time.

Research Summary

Research Topic

Examining readers' reactions to literary texts: a psycho-stylistic approach to modernist writing

Research Summary

My research project explores language processing of difficulties in literary texts, with a particular focus on Virginia Woolf. This study combines stylistics and psycholinguistics, to investigate textual complexities from an empirical viewpoint. It builds on my interest in the mechanisms by which readers appreciate and understand literature.

I am adopting a novel mixed methods approach, combining stylistic analyses with qualitative and quantitative methods such as questionnaires and eye-tracking.

Virginia Woolf's novels have been hypothesized to be difficult due to literary features that characterise Modernism, such as syntactic deviance, shifts in perspective and in the mode of consciousness presentation. This makes her work an ideal choice for a psycholinguistic study. I am exploring how readers understand her works, taking steps towards a truly interdisciplinary approach to understanding the connection between eye movements and readers' reactions to modernist texts.

Research Supervisors

Research Institutes, Centres and/or Research Clusters Memberships

Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics (CRAL)

Conference Papers & Presentations

"Reading difficult narratives" poster presented at the IGEL Paris Conference 2017: What is Literariness?, 10-13 October 2017, Paris, France

"Reading difficult narratives: an eye tracking study of Virginia Woolf's free indirect style" paper presented at The Second Literary Linguistics Conference, 4-6 October 2017, Johannes Gutenberg-Universit├Ąt Mainz, Germany

"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? A Stylistics and Empirical Approach." paper presented at PALA 2016, Cagliari, Italy

Additional Information

Psycholinguistics Lab Assistant at The University of Nottingham

School of English

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