teaches Contemporary French Literature and Culture at the Università degli Studi di Milano. She has mainly worked on the interrelations of 19th and 20th century French literature and the other beaux-arts as well as psychoanalysis and published several articles about it. She is a specialist for the works of Marcel Proust to whom she dedicated the monographs Contro il corpo. Proust e il romanzo immateriale (1997) and L’avventura mancata. Stile in Marcel Proust (2003).