Dr Mario Aquilina

Dr Mario Aquilina

Dr Mario Aquilina


Senior Lecturer

Room 110
Binja Guze Cassar Pullicino
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2560
Mario Aquilina is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and the Centre for English Language Proficiency at the University of Malta.

His lecturing and teaching portfolio includes literary theory, rhetoric, the art of the essay, electronic literature, Shakespeare, and cultural studies.

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.

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 style and rhetoric; the art of the essay; literary theory; electronic literature and Shakespeare will be considered.
  • Style and Rhetoric
  • The Essay and Literary Nonfiction
  • Literary Theory
  • Shakespeare
  • Electronic Literature

Aquilina, M. 2018, "Echoing as Self-fashioning in the Essay: Hazlitt’s Quoting and Misquoting of Shakespeare", Polysèmes: Revue d'études intertextuelles et intermédiales, vol. 20.

Aquilina, M. 6th August 2017, , Text Generation, or Calling Literature into Question [Homepage of Electronic Book Review], [Online]. Available: http://www.electronicbookreview.com/thread/electropoetics/generation [Online, .

Aquilina, M. 2017, "Apophatic Rhetoric in Shakespeare's Rival Poet Sonnets", Cahiers Elisabethains: A Journal of English Renaissance Studies, vol. 92.1, pp. 19-31.

Aquilina, M. 2017, "The CounterText Review: Brian Dillon’s Essayism and the return of the essay", CounterText, vol. 3.3.

Aquilina, M. 2017, "Electronic Literature and the Poetics of Contiguity" in The Bloomsbury Handbook of Electronic Literature, ed. J. Tabbi, Bloomsbury Academic, .

Aquilina, M. 2017, , 'Electronic Literature', an entry in the Genealoogy section of the Critical Posthumanism Website. [Homepage of Critical Posthumanism Network], [Online]. Available: http://criticalposthumanism.net/genealogy/electronic-literature-2/.

Aquilina, M. 2017, "'Los estudios literarios a lo grande', trans. Miguel Amores Fuster" in #Nodos, eds. G.A. Schwartz & V.E. Bermudez, pp. 456-459.

Aquilina, M. 2017, "'The Work of the Literary Critic in the Age of Big Data'", Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory, vol. 17.4, pp. 493-516.

Aquilina, M. & Callus, I. 2016, "The CounterText Interview: Stephanie Strickland", CounterText, vol. 2.2.

Aquilina, M. & Callus, I. 2016, CounterText: Electronic Literature, Again, Edinburgh University Press.

Aquilina, M. & Callus, I. 2016, "'Thirteen Ways of Looking at Electronic Literature'", CounterText, vol. 2.2.

Callus, I. & Aquilina, M. 2016 (forthcoming), "E-lit" in The Cambridge Companion to Literature and the Posthuman, eds. B. Clarke & M. Rossini, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Aquilina, M. 2015, "The Computational Sublime in Nick Montfort's 'Round' and 'All the Names of God'", CounterText, vol. 1.3, pp. 348-365.

Aquilina, M. 2015, "The Event of Style in Shakespeare's Sonnets", Oxford Literary Review, vol. 37.1, pp. 119-139.

Aquilina, M. 2015, "'Everything and Nothing': Blanchot in the Space of Shakespeare", Word and Text: A Journal of Literary Studies and Linguistics, vol. 5.1, pp. 87--98.

Aquilina, M. 2015, "A Research-Based Approach to Teaching Pre-writing Strategies in Academic Writing" in The Learning ELT Professional, eds. D. Xerri & O. Vassallo, ELT Council, Malta.

Aquilina, M. 2015, "'Shores, Cliffs and Shifting Frames: The island as a trope of non-insularity'" in Insularity: Representations and Constructions of Small Worlds, ed. Dautel, Katrin and Kathrin Schodel, Königshausen & Neumann, Würzburg, pp. 79--89.

Clark, T.J.A. & Aquilina, M. 2015, "Ecocritcism and the Post-literary: An Interview with T.J. A. Clark", CounterText, vol. 1.3, pp. 273-288.

Aquilina, M. 2014, "A Case of Shifting Boundaries: " A Review of The Routledge Companion to Experimental Literature."", Word and Text: A Journal of Literary Studies and Linguistics, vol. 4.1, pp. 179-182.

Aquilina, M. 2014, The Event of Style in Literature, Palgrave Macmillan, London and New York.

Aquilina, M. 2014, "'Is that my score?' In between Literature and Digital Games", Antae, [Online], vol. 1.2, , pp. 93-103.

Aquilina, M. 2013, "'This song to come, this reader to become': The Style of Paradoxical Anachrony in Blanchot's 'Rene Char'" in Style in Theory: Between Literature and Philosophy, eds. I. Callus, J. Corby & G. Lauri-Lucente, Bloomsbury, London and New York.

Aquilina, M. 2011, "'Let me (not) read you': Countersigning Shakespeare's Sonnet 116", Word and Text: A Journal of Literary Studies and Linguistics, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 79-90.

  • ELP1106 - Advanced English Writing Skills
  • ELP1206 - English Rhetoric and Writing Skills for Media and Communications Students
  • ENG1278 - The Art of the Essay
  • ENG2290 - Genre: Creative Nonfiction
  • ENG3064 - The Language of Shakespeare
  • ENG3074 - Techniques of Close Reading and Comparative Literature
  • ENG5039 - Electronic Literature
  • ENG5044 - Writing for the Media 1: Skills and Tasks
  • ENG5049 - Style in Digital Media
  • ENG5070 - Creative Research in English and the Media