ProfileDr Cesarino obtained her PhD from University of Rome La Sapienza in 2013 and in 2016 she completed a Master Degree in “Teaching Chinese as a Second Language” (汉语国际教育) at Nanjing University.
She joined XJTLU as a Lecturer in Chinese History in September 2016. Prior to this appointment, she was Lecturer at the South University of Science and Technology of China (SUSTC, PRC), and Teaching Fellow at the University of Molise (Italy) and the University of Calabria (Italy).
Dr Cesarino is a researcher of dynastic China. She has multiple research interests that cover a range of different subjects, such as imperial China's courtesans, unofficial anecdotes, zhiguai tales and Xu Xiake's 徐霞客 (1587-1641) "Travel Diary". These individual projects are all strictly intertwined and together contribute to the major focus of Dr Cesarino's work: to explore the historical value of gossip, anecdotes, informal records and marginal accounts from different perspectives to share light on hidden aspects of late imperial Chinese culture, mentality and history.
In the past years Dr Cesarino has worked on the representation of Tang courtesans in gossipy anecdotes from the Ming period and on questions related to female authoriship and poetic canon. She is currently writing about Xu Xiake, 18th c. Suzhou courtesans and gossip in late imperial China. Recently she has received a research grant for a project on late imperial "zhiguai" (accounts of the strange) titled "Monster Tales: the Abnormal in Imperial China".