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Dr Mario Aquilina
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Dr Mario Aquilina

Dr Mario Aquilina


Faculty of Arts
Room 110
Binja Guze Cassar Pullicino
University of Malta
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Mario Aquilina has been a full-time lecturer at the Department of English at the University of Malta since 2012. His lecturing portfolio includes applied literary theory; rhetoric and style; the art of the essay; and electronic literature. He also lectures at the Centre for English Language Proficiency and at the Faculty of Knowledge and Media Sciences.

After reading for a BA (Hons) in English and an MA in English from the University of Malta, Aquilina was awarded a PhD in English Studies by the University of Durham, UK, in 2013.

Aquilina is an Associate Editor of Palgrave Communications and Editorial Assistant of CounterText. He is also responsible for mentoring the editorial board of the postgraduate journal, Antae.

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.

He is the author of a blog on 'The Art of the Essay':

Research Interests & Publications

Research Interests

  • Style and Rhetoric
  • The Essay and Literary Nonfiction
  • Literary Theory
  • Shakespeare
  • Electronic Literature

Selected Publications

Aquilina, M. 6th August 2017, , Text Generation, or Calling Literature into Question [Homepage of Electronic Book Review], [Online]. Available: [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, "'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, CounterText: Electronic Literature, Again, Edinburgh University Press.

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


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