Rachele Dini

Literary and Cultural Studies Scholar

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I am a twentieth-century and contemporary literary and cultural studies scholar based in London (UK).

My areas of expertise include waste studies, the politics and representation of housework, post-1945 US literature, mid-century US culture, the history of advertising, and the politics of nostalgia. I am the founder of the International Literary Waste Studies Network, which brings together scholars working on waste in literature across genres, forms, historical periods, and geographic regions. I am also on the editorial board of the journal Gothic Nature: New Directions in Eco-Horror and the Eco-Gothic.

Having grown up between the US and Italy, and having now lived in the UK for twenty years, I am especially interested in the social construction of national identity. 

You can find recent work of mine here and here.




Cleaning Through Crisis

This project examines the influence of moments of socio-political unrest (including but not limited to the environmental movement of the 1960s, Second-Wave feminism, the economic crises of the 1970s, the 1980s AIDS crisis, and the 2007-2009 global financial crisis) on the depiction of domestic cleaning in British and American popular culture. I am analysing hundreds if not thousands of cleaning product ads, appliance ads, and television sitcoms and soap operas produced in this period, to understand how the notion of the "clean home" changed in response to specific anxieties and fears.



September 2011 - September 2015


September 2009 - September 2011

MA King's College London

September 2000 - July 2005

BA (Hons) New Hall College, University of Cambridge


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