Dr Mario Aquilina

Dr Mario Aquilina

Dr Mario Aquilina


Senior Lecturer

Old Humanities Building
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2560
Mario Aquilina is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Malta, where he lectures in areas such as: creative nonfiction and the essay; literary theory; writing, rhetoric, and style; electronic literature; and Shakespeare.

Aquilina was awarded a PhD in English Studies by the University of Durham, UK, in 2013.

Aquilina has published articles and chapters on topics such as style, rhetoric, Shakespeare, Derrida, Blanchot, electronic literature, and the art of the essay. His first monograph, 'The Event of Style in Literature', was published by Palgrave Macmillan in September 2014. Among other projects, he has co-edited a special issue of CounterText (Edinburgh University Press) on 'Electronic Literature', published in August 2016.

His second book, 'The Essay at the Limits: Poetics, Politics and Form', is being published by Bloomsbury in May 2021. A third book, 'The Edinburgh Companion to the Essay', for which he is the lead editor, is scheduled for publication in late 2022.

Aquilina has been involved in various projects relating to the teaching and assessment of English Language and English Literature in Malta. In 2015, he coordinated a group of local experts in the formulation of the new Learning Outcomes Framework for English Literature, and he participated in the writing of the English Language Learning Outcomes. He has also sat on a number of boards tasked with the compilation of syllabi of high-stake examinations.

Dissertation proposals in areas related to creative nonfiction and the essay; style and rhetoric; literary theory; electronic literature and Shakespeare will be considered.
  • The Essay and Literary Nonfiction
  • Style and Rhetoric
  • Literary Theory
  • Shakespeare
  • Electronic Literature
  • Modernism
  • ENG1077 - Literary Criticism and Theory: An Introduction
  • ENG1278 - The Art of the Essay
  • ENG1377 - Theories of Literature 1: Formalism and Structuralism
  • ENG2036 - Rhetoric, Language and Style
  • ENG2066 - Current Debates in Literary Theory
  • ENG2078 - Writing Seminars 2
  • ENG2081 - The Modern Novel
  • ENG2281 - The Modern Novel 2: Conrad, James, Orwell
  • ENG2290 - Genre: Creative Nonfiction
  • ENG3051 - Synoptic Study-Unit 1: Ideas and Concepts
  • ENG3052 - Synoptic Study-Unit 2: Readings, Interpretations, Applications
  • ENG3064 - The Language of Shakespeare
  • ENG3074 - Techniques of Close Reading and Comparative Literature
  • ENG5052 - Writing the Mediterranean
  • HST1052 - Studying History