Dr. Anna Poletti

Literary scholar
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Dr. Anna Poletti is associate professor of English Language and Culture at Utrecht University.

Poletti’s research mainly focuses on contemporary life writing, specifically regarding youth cultures and the digital and analogue ephemeral (meaning short-lived) autobiographical materials. They have expertise in research methods that engage with queer and feminist theory, and comparative media studies.

In Poletti’s publication, Stories of the Self: Life Writing After the Book (2020), they argue that the media used for writing our lives, shapes how we are seen to matter. The book analyses contemporary art, cardboard boxes, selfies, documentary films, zines, and transmedial crowdsourced autobiographical projects.

Lastly, Poletti is project leader of the Modern and Contemporary Literature Research Group at Utrecht University. This research group studies how some stories are able to transcend the boundaries of different media, languages and generations.


Poletti’s onderzoek richt zich voornamelijk op hedendaagse autobiografische schrijfkunst, specifiek met betrekking tot jeugdculturen. Hen is gespecialiseerd in queer- en feministische theorie en vergelijkende mediastudies.

In het boek Stories of the Self: Life Writing After the Book (2020), stelt Poletti dat de media die we gebruiken om ons leven te beschrijven, voor een groot deel bepaalt hoe wij onszelf zien. Het boek bespreekt onder andere hedendaagse kunst, selfies, documentaires, zines en andere autobiografische projecten.