About me

Francesca Bonafede is a doctoral researcher at the Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies.

I was educated at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre (BA (Hons) in Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures), and the University of Westminster (MA in English Literature). 

I presented 'The Phenomenology of Enemy of the Stars' at the 'BLAST 2014' conference at the University of Bath; and 'Man Seen from the Outside: Lewisian Prose and the Life of Consciousness' at the 'Benign Fiesta: Wyndham Lewis's Texts, Contexts, and Aesthetics' conference at the University of Nottingham.

I am also a poet and I experiment with mixed media visual arts.


I was invited to co-tutor seminars on the MA ‘London and Modernity’, on Wyndham Lewis's Blast , Enemy of the Stars, and Tarr.


My thesis is titled 'Sensuous Machinery and the Incarnated Mind: Wyndham Lewis and Phenomenology'

My present research focuses on the evolution of Wyndham Lewis’s style from the birth of Vorticism in 1914, up to the 1940s and I use Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology as the philosophical framework for my re-reading of Lewis’s art theory and practice. 

My research interest lies in the exploration of the role of Modernist art and literature in relation to the unsolved philosophical issue of mind and body. As part of my current work, I am also interested in epistemology, the philosophy of language, the life of consciousness, and the physiology of the human brain.