Dr Mario Aquilina

Dr Mario Aquilina

Dr Mario Aquilina


Senior Lecturer

Old Humanities Building
University of Malta
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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

AQUILINA, M., ed, 2021. The Essay at the Limits: Poetics, Politics and Form. London and New York: Bloomsbury.

AQUILINA, M., 2021. Thinking the Essay at the Limits. In: M. AQUILINA, ed, The Essay at the Limits: Poetics, Politics and Form. pp. 1-17.

AQUILINA, M., 2019. Literary Studies Goes Big Data. In: G.A. SCHWARTZ and V. BERMUDEZ, eds, #Nodes: Entangling Sciences and Humanities. Chicago: Intellect, The University of Chicago Press, pp. 438-441 https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/60793.

AQUILINA, M., 2019. A Lover’s Discourse in Liber Amoris. The Hazlitt Review, 12, pp. 61-73 https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/60795.

AQUILINA, M., 2018. Echoing as Self-fashioning in the Essay: Hazlitt’s Quoting and Misquoting of Shakespeare. Polysèmes: Revue d'études intertextuelles et intermédiales, 20 https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/60792.

AQUILINA, M., 6th August 2017-last update, Text Generation, or Calling Literature into Question [Homepage of Electronic Book Review], [Online]. Available: http://electronicbookreview.com/essay/text-generation-or-calling-literature-into-question/Online].

AQUILINA, M., 2017. Apophatic Rhetoric in Shakespeare's Rival Poet Sonnets. Cahiers Elisabethains: A Journal of English Renaissance Studies, 92.1, pp. 19-31 https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/22320.

AQUILINA, M., 2017. The CounterText Review: Brian Dillon’s Essayism and the return of the essay. CounterText, 3.3, pp. 423-429 https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/60801.

AQUILINA, M., 2017. Electronic Literature and the Poetics of Contiguity. In: J. TABBI, ed, The Bloomsbury Handbook of Electronic Literature. Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 199-213 https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/60802.

AQUILINA, M., 2017-last update, '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: G.A. SCHWARTZ and V.E. BERMUDEZ, eds, #Nodos. 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, 17.4, pp. 493-516 https://muse.jhu.edu/article/678514.

AQUILINA, M. and CALLUS, I., 2016. The CounterText Interview: Stephanie Strickland. CounterText, 2.2, pp. https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/71223.

AQUILINA, M. and CALLUS, I., 2016. CounterText: Electronic Literature, Again. Edinburgh University Press.

AQUILINA, M. and CALLUS, I., 2016. 'Thirteen Ways of Looking at Electronic Literature'. CounterText, 2.2, pp. 236-255 https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/71205.

CALLUS, I. and AQUILINA, M., 2016. E-lit. In: B. CLARKE and M. ROSSINI, eds, The Cambridge Companion to Literature and the Posthuman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 121--138 https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/71227.

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

AQUILINA, M., 2015. The Event of Style in Shakespeare's Sonnets. Oxford Literary Review, 37.1, pp. 119-39 https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/22319.

AQUILINA, M., 2015. 'Everything and Nothing': Blanchot in the Space of Shakespeare. Word and Text: A Journal of Literary Studies and Linguistics, 5.1, pp. 87--98 https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/22318.

AQUILINA, M., 2015. A Research-Based Approach to Teaching Pre-writing Strategies in Academic Writing. In: D. XERRI and O. VASSALLO, eds, The Learning ELT Professional. Malta: ELT Council, pp. 51--59 https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/71217.

AQUILINA, M., 2015. 'Shores, Cliffs and Shifting Frames: The island as a trope of non-insularity'. In: DAUTEL, KATRIN AND KATHRIN SCHODEL, ed, Insularity: Representations and Constructions of Small Worlds. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, pp. 79-89 https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/60796.

CLARK, T.J.A. and AQUILINA, M., 2015. Ecocritcism and the Post-literary: An Interview with T.J. A. Clark. CounterText, 1.3, pp. 273-288 https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/71200.

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, 4.1, pp. 179-182 https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/60794.

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

AQUILINA, M., 2014. 'Is that my score?' In between Literature and Digital Games.

AQUILINA, M., 2013. 'This song to come, this reader to become': The Style of Paradoxical Anachrony in Blanchot's 'Rene Char'. In: I. CALLUS, J. CORBY and G. LAURI-LUCENTE, eds, Style in Theory: Between Literature and Philosophy. London and New York: Bloomsbury, pp. 249--268 https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/71224.

AQUILINA, M., 2011. 'Let me (not) read you': Countersigning Shakespeare's Sonnet 116. Word and Text: A Journal of Literary Studies and Linguistics, 1(2), pp. 79--90 https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/bitstream/123456789/22317/1/Let_me_not_read_you_Countersigning_Shak.pdf.

  • ENG1077 - Literary Criticism and Theory: An Introduction
  • ENG1174 - English Fiction of the Nineteenth Century: An Introduction
  • ENG1177 - Studying English Literature at Undergraduate Level
  • ENG1278 - The Art of the Essay
  • 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
  • ENG5039 - Electronic Literature
  • ENG5044 - Writing for the Media 1: Skills and Tasks